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 online Kapi‘olani Community College Community Health Worker program offers a Certificate of Competence (CO) degree.
- Certificate of Competence - Community Health Worker (16 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
- Spring 2023 Tuition Waived Statewide Cohort
In order to participate, please follow these steps for consideration in the CHW Program. Following these steps does not guarantee enrollment. However, they are all required for acceptance. Be sure to read all instructions carefully.
- Apply to Kapiʻolani Community College for Spring 2023 at your earliest convenience, the CHW program’s internal deadline is December 1st. Be sure to select “Community Health Worker” as your major.
- AFTER you have been ACCEPTED to KapCC fill out this google form.
- Attend a CHW info session via Zoom (Meeting ID: 941 2554 0902). You are welcome to attend an info session prior to completing steps 1 & 2.
Upcoming dates are below:
- Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at 12 PM
- Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at 5:30 PM
- Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 9:30 AM