Creating a Community Health Worker Training Program

  • Dawn GrahamEmail author
  • Kerri Shaw
  • Lesli Johnson
Part of the International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice book series (IPSPAP)


In this chapter continues the discussion regarding health worker training, with Dawn Graham, Kerri A Shaw, and Lesli Johnson outlining key dimensions of developing a community-based curriculum for health worker training. The previous chapter explored the use of community-based health workers in interventions and the importance of integrating local experts into planning. In this chapter, they share the experience of developing a training curriculum for the State of Ohio. Given new rules regarding certification in different areas of the United States and internationally, developing a curriculum that can be approved and disseminated is of increasing importance. In these programs, significant institutional support is needed to develop curricula and train additional trainers, so that training can be shared with communities interested in integrating community health workers into their programming. The goal of this chapter is to present the challenges faced in creating a certified training curriculum and the potential for future curriculum development efforts.


Community-based health workers Community-based training Local experts Community-based curriculum Programming 



Athens City-County Health Department: Ruth Dudding, Josh Scakacs, Jack Pepper

Cari Hollenbeck

Gemini Wright

Ohio Medicaid and Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP)

Marietta High School: Kim Depue and Mary Ella Bauer

Dr. Sarah Garlington

Dr. Jeff DiGiovani

Dr. John McCarthy

Dr. Randy Leite


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Social Medicine, Heritage College of Osteopathic MediicneAthensUSA
  2. 2.Social Work, Ohio UniversityAthensUSA
  3. 3.Voinovich, Ohio UniversityAthensUSA

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