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Healthy Oregon Workforce  Training Opportunities (HOWTO)  Project

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.

The ultimate goals of this Community Health Worker Capacitation Collective (CHWCC) Training are:

  • 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. 


Organizations with CHW   Capacitation Collective

Training   Language   Number of trainings and locations  Dates and Information

Contact Person 

Oregon Community Health Workers Association English 3 (Central OR, TBD:   Umatilla, TBD: Coos Bay

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


Asian Health Services Center English 1 (Portland Metro)

CHW Training: August 23, 2021- October 29, 2021 (registration is closed)

Christine Lau  clau@ahscpdx.org

Urban League English 2 (Portland Metro)

 CHW Training: September- November, 2021 (dates TBD, registration closed)

 2nd CHW Training: Jan-March 2022

Priscilla Gombach : ChwTrainings@ulpdx.org
Latino Network  Spanish 2 (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 (registration is closed)

2nd CHW Training: TBD (Ontario)

Keara Rodela  kearaR@irco.org

Micronesian Islander Community  Organization  English 1 (Salem)

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

CHW Foundational training: August 23, 2021

Jackie Leung  jleung@micoregon.org

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 OHSU.  For more information, visit www.ohsu.edu/howto.

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