In 2019, ORCHWA and our 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) received HOW TO funding from OHSU to provide CHW trainings from 2019-2022 respectively.
Many of these participating organizations have previously provided training in collaboration with the Community Capacitation Center (CCC), and all have access to the CCC’s 90-hour training curriculum, “We are Health,” which was the first curriculum approved by Oregon State’s Traditional Health Worker Commission. In addition, ORCHWA has built strong relationships with multiple organizations in rural areas of Oregon.
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.
Community Health Worker Capacitation Collective (CHWCC)
Organizations with CHW Capacitation Collective
|Training Language||Number of trainings and locations||Dates||
|Oregon Community Health Care Workers Association||English||3 (Central OR, TBD: Umatilla, TBD: Coos Bay||
1st CHW Training (Portland Metro): Oct 2019
2nd CHW Training (Bend): Jan-Feb 2021
3rd CHW Training: Fall 2021
|Asian Health Services Center||English||1 (Portland Metro)||CHW Training: TBD||
|Urban League||English||2 (Portland Metro)||CHW Training: TBD||
|Latino Network||Spanish||2 (Portland Metro)||
1st CHW Training: January 2021
2nd CHW Training: TBD
|Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization||2 (Portland Metro & Ontario)||CHW Training: Spring/Summer 2021||
|Micronesian Islander Community Organization||English||1 (Salem)||
1st CHW Training: March 2021-June 2021
CHW Supervisor Training: January 2021- February 2021
2nd CHW Training: Fall 2021