MiCHWA works with MiCHWA CHW Instructors and training partners to organize new training opportunities throughout the state. If you or others in your network are interested in MiCHWA CHW Training Program opportunities, please have them contact us at email@example.com. Training opportunities are based on employer and CHW demand. Please see information below for current training opportunities:
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested learning more about the MiCHWA CHW Training Program. Additionally, training opportunities are usually scheduled based on employer demand. If you are interested in training, regardless of location, please let us know!
MiCHWA CHW Curriculum
MiCHWA actively supports CHW education and training. A key piece of the CHW role is core competency training. In 2014, MiCHWA’s partners began the process of creating a core competency-based CHW training curriculum. Using the Minnesota CHW curriculum as a base, MiCHWA partners created a Michigan-specific curriculum. This curriculum covers the following competencies:
- Role, Advocacy and Outreach
- Organization and Resources: Community and Personal Strategies
- Teaching and Capacity Building
- Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
- Coordination, Documentation and Reporting
- Communication Skills and Cultural Competence
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Mental Health
Training method and implementation varies by training site, including duration and days per week. Number of classroom instruction hours also varies. We suggest CHWs prepare to commit a minimum of 126 hours between classroom and out-of-class work.
Core Competency Objectives
Each competency module covers several objectives. You can download the core competencies and objectives here: MiCHWA Curriculum Objectives_2018. Successful completion of the curriculum does not currently result in college credit.
In October 2017, MiCHWA began recognizing CHWs eligible for certification, based on MiCHWA CHW Training and accomplishment in the eight MiCHWA CHW Core Competencies. MiCHWA is working with key stakeholders and state partners to identify processes and policies to move forward with CHW certification recognized by the State of Michigan. Please see the MiCHWA CHW Registry page for more information.
Training classes launched in Grand Rapids on January 26, 2015 and in Detroit on February 4, 2015. Read our press release here. An additional class launched March 16, 2015 in Lansing as part of the Michigan Primary Care Association‘s Linkages Project. The first three training classes are pilots. Because the MiCHWA CHW Curriculum has never been taught before, the pilot classes will give MiCHWA and its partners the opportunity to evaluate the curriculum. We will work with students, instructors, and employers to understand what worked well, what could be improved upon, and how CHWs are using their training knowledge and skills in the field.
The Detroit pilot finished March 27, 2015, the Grand Rapids pilot finished June 5, 2015, and the Lansing pilot finished August 27, 2015. MiCHWA is evaluating the pilot classes to better understand how the curriculum impacts the training participants as CHWs in the field.
Special thanks to Grand Rapids Community College, Henry Ford College, Henry Ford Health System, the Institute for Population Health, and Spectrum Health for their work on this project. Additional thanks to Anne Willaert and her colleagues in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System for their partnership on the CHW curriculum.
This project would not have been possible without the generous funding support of the Metro Health Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Spectrum Health Healthier Communities.
Additional CHW Training Materials
There are now MiCHWA-developed modules for training CHWs on cancer prevention and control. These can be used in conjunction with MiCHWA’s Certification training or separate. These were development in partnership with the American Cancer Society and Spectrum Health, with collaboration from the Michigan Primary Care Association.
There are five total modules:
- Cancer Basics
- Breast Cancer Basics
- Cervical Cancer Basics
- Lung Cancer Basics
- Colorectal Cancer Basics
To request the optional cancer modules, free of charge, please contact email@example.com.