What is a Community Health Worker?

A community health worker is a front-line public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.


-American Public Health Association

What does a CHW do?

CHWs improve individual and community health and access to care. They forge connections where people live, learn, work, play, pray, and age, from the inner city to rural communities. 


CHWs work in 10 roles and across 11 competencies to provide wraparound services and supports to patients.


CHWs help to address the root of the issues that patients face while also helping to free up valuable time of the clinical care team. CHWs can assist with issues that keep your patients from addressing their health. The are perfectly positioned to address the Social Determinants of Health.


As trusted resources in their communities, CHWs can be instrumental in combatting misinformation, relaying public health messages, and ensuring patients are connected with services.


By addressing the patients’ immediate, urgent needs, your patients are better able to focus and address their own personal healthcare issues.

About the Program

Why get certified with Umemba Health? 

The Clinical Community Health Worker program includes hands-on practice, group activities, demonstrations, role-playing, case studies, and simulations. Learners will have lots of opportunities for questions and answers through interactive, thought-provoking dialogue-not just with facilitators and instructors, but also with their peers.

CCHW Core Competencies include:

  • Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Service Coordination Skills
  • Capacity-Building Skills
  • Advocacy Skills
  • Teaching Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Knowledge-based skills with an emphasis on clinical integration

Participants can expect to graduate from the program earning a:

  • Community Health Worker certification with a focus on clinical integration
  • Mandatory Reporter Certificate
  • First Aid/CPR Certificate
  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate

Meet Your Instructors

CHW Instructor

Farhana Khan

Farhana Khan is a Certified Community Health Worker with a Bachelors in Dietetics. She also has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration.  Currently, Farhana serves on the board of Institute of Management Accountants. She also supervises an ESL program for Afghan refugees and recruits’ volunteers. Farhana has a strong interest in global health and environmental sustainability. In the past few years, Farhana has participated in international health projects include the World Health Organization's Emergency Medical Team (EMT) trainings, and UNHCR (The United Nations Refugee Agency) conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Farhana has co-authored and published two research papers related to climate and sustainability.

CHW Instructor

Devonna McCarthy

Devonna McCarthy has a Master’s degree in International Relations from Webster University. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. Devonna served in Jamaica as a Peace Corps volunteer and has had the pleasure of teaching domestically and abroad, both online and in-person. Devonna is well versed in program development and management and her work with refugees and immigrants in the US and abroad have been successful in community engagement for building up agency resources. She has a passion for policy and diplomacy and feels both could benefit from a more humanitarian approach. Devonna is TESOL-certified (Teaching English to Speakers of Other).

Quisha Umemba

The Founder of Umemba Health LLC, Quisha is a Registered Nurse with a Masters degree in Public Health. She is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, a Certified Lifestyle Coach, and a Certified Community Health Worker Instructor. As an educator and consultant, Quisha works with community organizations, social service agencies, government agencies and healthcare systems to help them prevent and manage chronic disease in their patient populations. Having developed, implemented, and overseen numerous health initiatives and community collaborations, Quisha noticed a need for more training and education for health and public health professionals. To this effort, she created Umemba Health Academy providing continuing education and professional development training for Community Health Workers and other front-line health workers.

Looking for more information?

Download brochure program and watch the Become a Community Health Worker Information Session

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Become a Community Health Worker Info Session


  • How long is the certification program?

    The certification program is 15 weeks.

  • What language is the course in?

    Currently, the course is only offered in English.

  • How much is the program?

    The total cost of the program is $800. There is a $50 application/admin fee that goes toward the cost of the program. The payment can be divided into two installments for those that need financial assistance.

  • I don't reside in the State of Texas, can I still enroll in the certification program?

    Yes! Our program is virtual and can be taken from any U.S. state.