Community Health Workers

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Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers - Preparation

To work as a community health worker, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • complete short-term, on-the-job training.

Education after high school

Community health workers typically have a high school diploma or equivalent. Some jobs may require postsecondary education. Education programs may lead to a certificate or associate degree. Typical courses include wellness, ethics, and cultural awareness.

On-the-job training

Community health workers typically complete short-term, on-the-job training. This training often covers areas such as communication or outreach skills. Training also covers the specific health topics that they will be focusing on.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.