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Thank you for your interest in becoming a Certified Community Health Worker (CHW). CHWs are non-licensed frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually close understanding of the community. Individuals may work in settings such as outreach, patient navigation systems, peer counseling environments, promoters in community settings, health aids in schools, health advocate or health educations arenas. CHWs assist with enrolling individuals into programs, coordinate resources within the community for individuals, provide health intervention strategies, develop training programs, and serve as a liaison between the community and organizations. CHWs do not provide direct clinical care, except for blood pressure or glucose readings.


The Southeast Missouri State University Partnership for Community Health Workers was awarded funding to increase the number of Certified CHW’s in Southeast Missouri serving the population. This partnership between Southeast Missouri State University and the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Cancer and Chronic Disease Control works together to attract, train and retain CHWs interested in serving Missouri’s population.


Below is an overview of the Community Health Worker Certificate Training program. 


A limited number of tuition waivers are available to students to complete the CHW Certificate programs. If selected for the tuition waiver, recipients must agree to meet the following requirements:


  • Successfully complete the CHW training program, including practicum hours.
  • Applicant must submit official high school transcript or GED equivalent.


The course is composed of 100 hours of training and projects, held at the Southeast Missouri State University Main Campus and Sikeston Campus.


CHW Course Spring 2020

This course will be an online class starting April 15. 

Contact us at (573) 986-6897 or for more information.