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ORCHWA General Training Information

ORCHWA offers many training opportunities for our membership and the general public. For more information about stand-alone training including CHW training that qualifies CHWs for official certification and other training visit our Menu of Training and Services (coming soon!), OR fill out this inquiry form. OR visit our Training and Events Calendar. 

For any questions related to training email: workforce@orchwa.org

There are many Oregon Health Authority approved organizations and training programs that have an approved curriculum that makes participants eligible for official certification upon completion. ORCHWA and our collective partners are one of many, please see other Oregon approved CHW trainings sites and their training information here:  


You can also refer to our document on How to become a certified CHW in Oregon (pdf file). If you have questions about this or other trainings, please contact our Training & Project Coordinator, Blanca Cisneros: blanca@orchwa.org.


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 foundational trainings from 2019-2022 respectively.

Check out the How To page for more information about this program and the upcoming trainings associated with it.


Effective May 13, 2019: Community Health Worker (CHW), Personal Health Navigator (PHN) and Birth Doula are also required to complete THW Oral Health for CHW, PHN and Doula, provided online by Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

ORCHWA 2020/2021 Events & Training

ORCHWA is currently scheduling trainings for CHWs from 2020-2022. Join our mailing list and follow us on social media to be updated when those training become available.  Current and recent trainings are listed below and will be updated frequently as details and events are finalized.  Due to COVID, all trainings are currently virtual, or on hold until it is safe to gather in person.


Date CEUs Registration Link Flyer
Popular Education  Jan 30, 2020  

Central Oregon: Cross-Cultural CHW Certification Training* May-June 2020 96    
CHW Care Circle May 15, 2020      
Webinar-- CHWs: Members of a Recognized Profession May 22, 2020      

Region 5: CHW Networking Event

(Partnership with OHEA & Urban League)

June 3, 2020      
Panel: Professional Aspirations for Community Health Workers June 26, 2020      
CHW Conversations about Contact Tracing July 22, 2020 2    
Capacity Building: Popular Education 1 & 2 Aug 12 & 13, 2020 8
ORCHWA Conference 2020 Aug 19-21. 2020 5    

CHW COVID 19 Series Training 

(Partnership between Multnomah County Community Partnership & Latino Network)

Aug, 2020 20    
CHW Supervisors Training Nov 12 & 13, 2020 7 RSVP by Nov 2nd PDF
Circle of Care: BIPOC CHW Healing Safe Space Nov 17, 2020   RSVP ahead of time PDF
Celebrations: How to Safely Celebrate During a Pandemic Nov 19, 2020 2  RSVP ahead of time PDF
CHW Skills: Self-Care Dec 2, 2020 3 RSVP ahead of time  PDF
Service Coordination Skill Training Dec 9, 2020 3 RSVP ahead of time PDF
Webinar: The Fundamentals of CHW Integration Dec 17, 2020   RSVP ahead of time PDF

Central Oregon: Cross-Cultural CHW Certification Training

(For residents of Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Spring)

Jan-Feb, 2021   RSVP by Dec 17, 2020 PDF
Popular Education Jan 28, 2021      
CHW Supervisors Training April 8 & 9, 2021 7  RSVP by April 7, 2021 PDF
Professional Aspirations event for CHWs April 29, 2021  RSVP ahead of time PDF
Policy & Advocacy May, 2021 (date TBD)        
Self-Care for CHWs (1-4pm) June 8, 2021 3  RSVP ahead of time  PDF
CHW Supervisors Training July 8 & 9, 2021 7    
ORCHWA Conference 2021 Aug ,2021 (date TBD)      
Policy & Advocacy Sept 2021 (date TBD)      

CHW Foundational 90-hr training (online)

(Residents of Coos Bay and Curry counties will be given priority)

Sept 27-Dec 16, 2021      
CHW Supervisor Training Oct 7 & 8, 2021 7    
Weight Neutral Healthcare Nov, 2021 (date TBD)      

*Training postponed due to COVID

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