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Healthy Oregon Workforce  Training Opportunities (HOWTO)  Project

In 2019, ORCHWA and the collective of culturally specific community-based organization partners (Urban League, Latino Network, Micronesian Islander Community Organization, Asian Health Services Center, Immigrant Refugee Community Organization, and Multnomah County Health Department Community Partnerships), also known as the CHW Capacitation Collective, received funding from OHA to provide CHW trainings from 2019-2022 . 

Many of the partnering organizations previously provided training in collaboration with the Multnomah County Community Capacitation Center (CCC). Partnering organizations had access to the 90-hour CHW foundational curriculum they developed called  We are Health, and culturally adapted the material to be relevant to the communities served. We are Health curriculum was approved by Oregon's Traditional Health Worker Commission. 

goals of this Community Health Worker Capacitation Collective (CHWCC) and howto:

  • To increase the diversity of Oregon’s health workforce, both by increasing the number of certified CHWs, and also by increasing desire and commitment among some CHWs to pursue additional formal education in a health or healthcare profession.

  • To assuage the shortage of Community Health Workers in rural and medically underserved areas and populations in Oregon, by increasing the availability of evidence-based training that qualifies CHWs for certification. 

HoWTO training schedule

HOWTO Partner  

Training   Language   Number of Trainings/ Locations  Dates and Information

Contact Person 

Oregon Community Health Workers Association (ORCHWA) English 3 (Central OR, Rural, Coastal Region)

1st CHW Training (Portland Metro): Oct   2019 

2nd CHW Training (Central Oregon): Jan-Feb 2021

3rd CHW Training (Priority to Coos Bay and Curry county residents): Sep 27th - December 16th 2021, Tuesday and Thursdays from 1-4:30pm. PDF Flyer

Blanca Cisneros

Micronesian Islander Community  Organization English 1 (Salem)

CHW Supervisor Training: March 9-May 4, 2021, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm-7pm

CHW Foundational Training: December 6, 2021 - January 15, 2022

Jackie Leung

Urban League English 1 (Portland Metro)

 CHW Training: September- November, 2021
Latino Network  Spanish 3 (Portland Metro)

1st CHW Training: January 25th-March 26th, 2021 Mondays,   Wednesdays and Fridays from 1pm-5:30pm  PDF flyer

2nd CHW Training: August 2nd - October 4th, 2021 Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 1:00pm-5:00pm PDF flyer

3rd CHW Training: Jan 3- March 4, 2022 

Gladys Alvarado

Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization

  2 (Portland Metro &   Ontario)

CHW Training: June 28-August 20, 2021

2nd CHW Training: Ontario (registration is closed)

Keara Rodela

These trainings were funded by the Healthy Oregon Workforce Training Opportunity Grant Program (HOWTO). HOWTO is administered under the direction of the Oregon Health Policy Board in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority and previously OHSU.  

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