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 healthcare 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. In the 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 spring and run through spring of the following year.
Each apprenticeship site receives supportive funds from CHW-TAPP. Apprentices are provided with twice-monthly advanced training for 6 months and continue to receive their program stipend during the advanced training. Yearly seminars are offered at no cost 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.
This website is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $ 2,996,074. Eighty (80) percent of project expenses are covered by HRSA funds, with an additional twenty (20) percent of the project financed by Creighton University’s support of the Health Sciences-Multicultural and Community Affairs and the Center for Promoting Health and Health Equity. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.