CHW Trainings

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Southern Vermont AHEC is excited to share two new opportunities for Vermont CHWs to join their New Hampshire peers in completing a core competency training program.  Both trainings are provided through CHW ADVANCE!, a CHW workforce development partnership with Southern NH AHEC, Southern Vermont AHEC, and the Northern NH AHEC/North Country Health Consortium

Both trainings are offered at no cost to eligible Vermont and New Hampshire CHWs.   

CHWs can receive stipends for participating and completing the training program resulting in a certificate of completion.

Though the core curricula for both multi-session courses are based on national C3 core competencies, they are presented differently and offered on different dates and weekdays.  Please review the attached flyers to learn more details of each program.

Both trainings include motivational interviewing.

Registration information and links are embedded in the flyers for each trainings.

Southern NH AHEC Community Health Worker Course
Free Community Health Worker Training Starting March 28th.
CHW North Country Health Consortium Community Health Worker 9-Week Training - Winter 2024: January 11 - March 7, 2024


Community Health Worker (CHW 9-week) Training meets on the following dates via Zoom on Thursdays from 9 am – 3:30 pm:

  • January: 11, 18, 25
  • February: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • March: 7

Gain the skills & core competencies to work as a Community Health Worker (CHW) or in other roles under the umbrella of Community Health, e.g. Patient Navigator, Health Assister, Recovery Coach, Outreach Worker, Home Visitor, Patient Advisor, Patient Advocate.

This 9-week course is offered through combined virtual interactive classroom and independent off-line study, with self-paced homework.

Course Topics: 

  • Effective communication
  • Care coordination
  • CHW role, scope, and ethics
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Setting boundaries
  • Equity and Advocacy
  • Client-centered practice
  • Social Determinants of Health

Learn new skills or increase your work-related knowledge!


  • Attend 9 total virtual class sessions, including two-day MI Training for successful completion of the course
  • Complete assigned readings and assignments between scheduled classes
  • Must have computer/internet access, and the ability to use Zoom
  • Must be 18 years or older 


This training was financed under a Contract with the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award by CDC/HHS “NH Initiative to address COVID-19 Health Disparities grant #NH750T000031”. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.


Contact Carolyn Schofield: or (603) 259-4809 


Select from the following tickets at checkout. Please limit your registration to 1 ticket for attendance (total) per email/registration form:

  • Full cost: $1200
  • Full scholarships: $0
    Available for all eligible participants who reside in NH and/or serve NH community members.  NOTE: To
     complete your application to attend this training on a full scholarship, look out for the registration confirmation email in your inbox after you have registered for this ticket; refer to the scholarship application link and complete the online form. Your registration will not be considered complete until you completely fill out this form.

  • Applied or planning to apply for CHW Advances? $0
    Questions about CHW Advance? contact Amber Culver:
Southern NH AHEC Community Health Worker Training Winter 2024 - February 5 – March 25, 2024



7 day-8 hour class ■ Virtual

February 5, 12, 19,
March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2024

9:00 am-3:00 pm

Please note there will be no class on February 26th, 2024

As a nation and a state, we are struggling to address the transformation of the healthcare system as we move to a model of team-based care. One strategy that other states have used to engage communities and assist with navigating services is to promote the Community Health Worker (CHW) model. Train to become a CHW in New Hampshire and incorporate your new knowledge into team-based care opportunities offered in hospitals, medical practices, community health centers and social service settings.

Target Audience

There are a variety of roles and numerous titles that fall under the CHW umbrella: Outreach Worker, Lay Health Advisor, Health Promoter, Patient Advocate, community health advisor, family advocate, liaison, peer counselor, patient navigator, health interpreter and public health aide. Those listed and more are welcome to attend!

Cost: $1,200.00-includes curriculum and training materials. We have scholarships available through our CHW ADVANCE! Program. Payment is by check only. Checks can be made out and mailed to: Southern NH AHEC, 128 State Route 27, Raymond, NH 03077


Deadline: January 27th, 2024

DAY 1:
Outreach, Service Coordination Skills and Professionalism
Learn about outreach methods and strategies, care coordination, system navigation, and explore dimensions of professional skills and conduct.

DAY 2:
Navigate Insurance Options, CHW Code of Ethics, Culture and Cultural Effectiveness Discuss options for people who are uninsured and underinsured and identify resources to get them the information they need to navigate the health care system. This includes access to the Health Care Marketplace, Medicaid Managed Care, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Apply ethical considerations while working as a CHW. Respond to clients in culturally effective ways.

DAY 3:
Education and Facilitation Skills & Communication and Interviewing Skills

Gain the necessary skills to provide information to members of your community in the form of formal and semi-formal presentations. You will be able to educate, inform, persuade and motivate your audience. Communicate effectively with diverse individuals and groups in a variety of community and service provider settings while gaining interpersonal skills.

DAY 4:
Assessment, Advocacy, Leadership and Care Coordination Skills Demonstrate individual, client, and community assessment skills. You will learn how to educate and promote health behavior changes and offer concepts and approaches to living a healthy life. Learn to advocate, lead, and build capacity as a Community Health worker. Explore strategies for coordinating patient care.

DAY 5:
Chronic Disease Management and Oral Health
Gain knowledge in diabetes management, asthma, heart disease and cancer to effectively assist your community in identifying risk factors as well as managing current conditions. Describe the importance of oral health and discuss ways of keeping teeth healthy.

DAY 6:
Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Research and Evaluation Identify basic symptoms and signs of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and mood disorders. Explain the process of addiction, screening methods, and resources for recovery. Review types and cycle of domestic violence abuse and discuss related resources. Identify the importance of research, evaluation and collecting data to inform CHW programs.

DAY 7:
The Environment and Prevention and Wellness
Discuss how the outside environment, and the environment in the home, school, and work affects your community. Describe the importance of oral health and discuss ways of keeping teeth healthy. Recognize the importance of self-care and how wellness strategies y can help your clients prevent and reduce current health conditions.

A graduation ceremony will be held upon the completion of the 7-day training

To register online please click here.

For more information or a scholarship form, please contact Carli Hughes