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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Training opportunities are based on employer and CHW demand. Please see information below for current training opportunities:
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.
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 developed 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.