Become A CHW

What skills are needed to be an effective CHW?

CHWs must possess essential core skills to be effective:

  1. Communication
  2. Interpersonal and relationship building skills
  3. Service coordination and navigation skills
  4. Capacity building skills
  5. Providing coaching and social support
  6. Advocating for individuals and communities
  7. Building individual and community capacity
  8. Providing direct service
  9. Implementing individual and community assessments
  10. Participating in evaluation and research

I want to be a Community Health Worker (CHW), how do I get the skills needed?

Washington State Department of Health offers a FREE Community Health Worker training. The training is an eight-week hybrid course delivered through a blend of in-person and online components. Trainings are offered quarterly and held in various locations throughout Washington state.

Participants gain valuable skills to connect community members with health and social services. In addition, they will gain access to specialized trainings, a regional CHW network and an exclusive local CHW website.

For more information on the training, please visit Washington State Department of Health's Community Health Worker Training web page.

Register To Become a CHW

Need more information before registering? Contact Kim Kreber, Community Health Worker trainer & network lead facilitator at or (509)324-1587

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