The Community Health Worker Program prepares students to function as outreach community health workers to link disadvantaged populations with existing healthcare resources. This is carried out by providing basic health screening services, identifying needs, providing information, making referrals to appropriate health care providers or agencies, and following up on referrals. Occupational training will prepare students for becoming a Community Health Worker (CHW). As such, they will provide people in need with health education, care coordination, help to facilitate access to services and work with clients to take steps to improve the quality of their health and their lives. Other job titles for CHWs include outreach worker, patient navigator, case worker, eligibility worker, and similar.
Degree and Certificate Programs
The Kapi‘olani Community College Community Health Worker program offers a Certificate of Competence (CO) degree.
- Certificate of Competence - Community Health Worker (15 credits)The Certificate of Competence in Community Health Worker program prepares students to function as outreach community healthcare workers to link disadvantaged families with existing healthcare resources. This is carried out by providing basic health screening services, identifying needs, providing information, making referrals to appropriate health care providers or agencies, and following up on referrals. Currently limited to special enrollment.
Potential Careers and Employers
- Career Opportunities: Employment areas as a Community Health Worker include case manager/caseworker, community health advocate, community health outreach worker, community health worker, community outreach worker, community liaison, community organizer, enrollment specialist, health ambassador, health educator, health worker, lay health advisor, public health aide, patient navigator, peer counselor, peer educator, and more.
- Potential Employers: Hawai‘i State Department of Health, the Native Hawaiian Healthcare System, ‘Ohana Health Plan, The Queen’s Medical Center, Hawai‘i Pacific Health, Waimānalo Health Center, Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Ko’olauloa Health Center, Hawai‘i State Department of Human Services, Kokua Kalihi Valley, Kula No Na Po’e Hawai‘i and Kalihi Pālama Health Center.
- Counselors/Advisors: Health & Science counselors