Before you can build...

You need a solid foudation

You are a trusted member of your community, a front-line health worker that understands the language, experience, and culture of the people you serve. Hopefully you have a deep knowledge of the resources, relationships, and needs of your community members, but do you understand public health concepts? Are you prepared to address the social factors that hinder health? Can you navigate complex healthcare systems to improve access to care? If not, no worries. You have come to the right place. 

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

1- Define community health working, identify where CHWs work, the populations they serve, and the health issues they address

2-Define public health and explain how the field of public health is different from the field of medicine

3-Identify health care programs, insurance coverage, and other resources that serve low-income clients

4-Become a more knowledgeable resource for the clients and communities you serve


This e-learning program meets CHW core competency requirements for CHW continuing education. This course has been approved for 7 Continuing Education Hours by the Texas Department of State Health Services. This course may qualify for Category II CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists. Certificates and continuing education hours are awarded after course completion.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Overview

    • Course Introduction

    • How to navigate this course

    • Meet Your Instructor

    • Before you begin...

  • 2

    Module 1 | Community Health Worker Overview

    • Module 1 Pre-Test

    • What is a Community Health Worker?

    • What kind of work do CHWs do?

    • The Case for CHWs

    • Do you have what it takes to be a CHW?

    • CHW as Member of the Healthcare Team

    • CHW as Navigator

    • CHW as Health Educator

    • CHW as Outreach and Enrollment Specialist

    • CHW as Organizer and Capacity Builder

    • CHW Roles

    • CHW Core Competencies

    • Week 1 Homework

    • Check Your Learning

    • Live Session #1 (Recording)

  • 3

    Module 2 | Public Health Overview

    • Module 2 Pre-Test

    • What is Health?

    • What is Public Health?

    • Three Core Functions of Public Health

    • Social Ecological Model and the Social Determinants of Health

    • Equity, Equality, and Health Disparities

    • Case Study

    • Check your learning...

    • Week 2 Homework


    • Live Session #2 (Audio recording)

  • 4

    Module 3 | U.S. Healthcare Overview

    • Module 3 Pre-test

    • U.S. Healthcare

    • Healthcare Providers

    • Healthcare Financing

    • Medicaid

    • Medicare

    • Other Government Programs

    • Federal Poverty Level

    • The TRIPLE AIM of Healthcare

    • Week 3 Homework:Case Study

    • Check your learning

    • Live Session #3

  • 5

    Bonus Lesson: Ask the Experts

    • Recording: Ask the CHW Experts Panel

  • 6

    Course Conclusion & Next Steps

    • Course evaluation

    • Professional and Career Services

    • What happens next?...

  • 7

    Downloadable Resources

    • Downloadable Resources

This Course Is For YOU If....

  • You are a lay-person interested in Community Health Work

  • You are a front-line health worker seeking more information about community health working, public health, and the healthcare system

  • You are a Community Health Worker or other healthcare or public health professional needing continuing education hours or seeking professional development training

  • You want to be a become a more knowledgeable resource for the clients and communities you serve

Course Extras!

Educational resources, virtual community, and live sessions

  • Bonus materials

    Downloadable resources to enhance learning

  • Virtual Community

    Course participants get access to private community to share information, get support, and network with other learners

  • Live sessions

    Ask questions in real time. Solidify your learning with 3-live instructor-led sessions.

Meet Your Course Instructor

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 CHWs and other front-line health workers.

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Toddie Garcia

Very good course, lots of valuable information. Thanks

Very good course, lots of valuable information. Thanks

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Great information, content and presentation!!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does this course start and end?

    This course includes 3-live instructor-led sessions and therefore includes a firm start and end date. This course lauches on September 1st and ends September 30th.

  • What if I can't make the live sessions?

    The live sessions will be recorded and uploaded into the course for you to review at your convenience.

  • How long will I have access to the course?

    You will have access to the course for one year including any and all course updates and revisions.

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