Community Health Advocates

Community Health Advocates Program


Errik Ejike, MPH
Supervisor, CPHHE



The purpose of the Creighton University Center for Promoting Health and Health Equity (CPHHE) Community Health Advocates is to provide training to "lay- individual" volunteers in Omaha to become Community Health Advocates within their communities.

Through this training, these individuals will contribute to the improvement of health in the community. The Community Health Advocates will also help to change the attitude of the community to health and healthcare.

Audience: Lay volunteers over 21

Method: Instructor-led course

Duration: 10 weeks (meets weekly)

The January 2019 session deadline has passed, please check back for future sessions.

This is a university non-credit professional development program.

Training Objectives

CHA Training will focus on prevention, identification, and treatment of Chronic Disease. The training will help to improve the knowledge, skills, and attitude of the participants. It will also provide the tools to navigate the healthcare system.

Benefits of the Program

Benefits of the Program

Formal training on chronic diseases and Omaha healthcare navigation system

HIPPA and compliance training

Leadership role within the communities

Community Health Advocate Attendance Certificate

Partnering Organizations

Partnering Organizations

  • Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI)Charles Drew Health Center
  • Nebraska Center for Healthy Families
  • Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition
  • Omaha Housing Authority
  • One World Community Health Centers



  • Community Health Advocate values and qualities
  • Health Disparities
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Health Literacy
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Basic anatomy
  • CPR
  • First Aid
  • Vital Signs
  • ADE
  • Healthcare System
  • Public Safety



Candidates for the CPHHE's Community Health Advocate program must:

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be able to read, write, and comprehend English at a 6th grade level or above
  • Be willing to undergo the training by Creighton University, HS-MACA, CPHHE and its annual continuing education program
  • Be a licensed driver with an insured vehicle in working condition
  • Be knowledgeable and able to travel within the assigned community
  • Be recommended as a leader by faith-based organizations, community organizations, or community leadership
  • Be reliable and dependable