The 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health is now certified to train community health workers. Two staff members and two community members are fully trained as certified CHW Instructors through the Pathways Community HUB Institute and train current and future CHWs in Cambria and Somerset counties and across the United States.
CHW training aligns with Pennsylvania Certification Board Standards and the Pathways Community HUB Institute is an approved training provider through the PA Certification Board. If you or your organization are interested in receiving CHW training, email CPHinfo@jefferson.edu.
Staff members who are certified as instructors are Kimberly Roberts, Quality Assurance, and Leanna Bird, Project Manager. Dr. Deborah Gentile and Carol Harding, RN, FCN are certified community members. CHW instructors, who specialize in either health education or care coordination, are trained to provide CHW instruction that aligns with Pennsylvania Certification CHW Standards and with the Pathways Community HUB model.
CHW Instructor Training was made possible through funding from the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge (HCCC), a program of the American Public Health Association, with funding from the Aetna Foundation. The HCC aims to accelerate systems-level approaches to curate collaborative and community-led initiatives that improve community health. 1889 Foundation, in partnership with 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health, received funding through HCCC to support the work of the Community Care HUB and is leading one of the 20 teams chosen across the U.S. to participate in the Challenge.