Community Health Worker (CHW) Apprenticeships
What CHWs Do
As trained professionals, CHWs help improve community members’ health in many ways. CHWs help people navigate or work with health and social service systems, understand and follow advice, take prescribed medications, and keep appointments. Community members know and trust CHWs. This trust helps CHWs support other health worker efforts with CHW’s communities, including follow up outside health centers, office, and clinics.
What Evidence Shows
Adding CHWs to health care teams reduces needs for emergency and specialty services and increases community members’ follow through on health recommendations. Examples include greater vaccination rates and physical activity.1
CHW Training and Placement Program (CHW-TAPP)
Apprenticeship: What it includes
CHW-TAPP provides classroom learning and “on the job” training through field placement in community-based and community-focused organizations for some of its participants. Participants first receive a stipend during phase one: classroom instruction. In the following apprenticeship phase, employers provide wages for CHW apprentices.
Apprenticeship sites must provide a full-time, paid apprenticeship position at a Nebraska site. Each apprentice must be assigned a supervisor who will support their growth and track their monthly progress. The apprenticeship will begin in April and run through March of the following year.
Each apprenticeship site receives supportive funds from CHW-TAPP. Apprentices are provided with twice-monthly advanced training for 8 months and yearly seminars for both apprentices and their on-site mentors.
The registered apprenticeship requires participants to complete 2,000 hours within one year. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of apprenticeship completion from the Nebraska Department of Labor.
1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions. (2007). Community Health Worker National Workforce Study.
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