“Vías de la Salud” Community Health Worker Certification Training Program
Contact Gianina Hasbun • 240-777-3470
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Latino Health Initiative (LHI) “Vías de la Salud” Community Health Worker (CHW) Certification Training Program is an accredited program by the Maryland Department of Health.
The main objective of this program is to train participants to provide health promotion interventions, and enhance clients’ access to care and support services, improving the health and well-being of underserved communities.
This LHI designed 12-module training program is delivered in Spanish and includes 100 hours of in-person and virtual instruction, along with a 40-hour practicum.
The training program curriculum is based on the nine competencies required by the State of Maryland to obtain a Community Health Worker certification.
Participants learn about public health and health promotion theories and approaches, within an interactive and participatory environment, putting those lessons into practice in classroom activities and through a practicum experience.
Course activities connect concepts and theories with participants’ own experience and knowledge, promoting group discussion and encouraging critical thinking. Each course module focuses on a specific CHW core competency, and these are reinforced, applied, and developed across the entire curriculum.
Student evaluation is a strong component of the program and consists of module assignments, quizzes, a final exam, and final presentation. Full attendance and completion of the 40-hour practicum are required for successful completion of the program.
Students will have the opportunity to apply public health concepts, approaches, and skills, under supervision at different practicum sites. The practicum is planned, supervised, and evaluated in coordination with each site. Participants keep a portfolio tracking their practicum work and submit this as part of their final evaluation.