We provide support and technical assistance to community-based organizations that want to build or strengthen their community health worker training programs. Although we no longer provide CHW training, you're welcome to contact us for resources.

Training Curricula

We Are Health: Training for Community Health Workers

This 90-hour training for community health workers provides an opportunity for those who complete the requirements to become certified community health workers in Oregon. It has been created over the course of more than 25 years of working with community health workers worldwide. It has been approved by Oregon Health Authority's Traditional Health Worker Commission as a certified training program of CHW in Oregon.

Our curriculum is based on national standards for community health worker training. It has 3 components:

  • Skill base
  • Orientation to the health and social service system
  • Health issues

Community Health Worker Supervisor’s Training

This training for supervisors will enhance your capacity to provide effective supervision to community health workers.

Children’s Exposure to Violence

A 14-hour series for community health workers and those who work with parents, caregivers and children to help children heal from trauma related to exposure to violence (domestic violence, community violence, bullying, etc.). Available in Spanish or English.

Understanding Violence as a Public Health Issue

This 14-hour training is for community health workers and others who work in the field of violence prevention. Participants will learn:

  • The public health approach to violence prevention
  • Examples of the root causes of exposure to violence
  • Impacts of different types of violence on the community
  • Different self-care methods, to lessen the effects of exposure to violence and trauma

Asthma Management and Tobacco Cessation

This 7-hour training is for community health workers and other traditional health workers. Participants will learn how to:     

  • Define asthma and identify asthma risk factors and ways to decrease them
  • Name self-management strategies to help control asthma
  • Explain the dangers of tobacco use and the importance of quitting smoking and decreasing exposure to tobacco smoke
  • Help people access tobacco cessation resources, including the Oregon Quit Line


Rosenthal, E.L., Wiggins, N., Ingram, M., Mayfield-Johnson, S., De Zapien, J.G. (2011). Community Health Workers Then and Now: An Overview of National Studies Aimed at Defining the Field. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 34, 247-259.

Wiggins, N. (2010). La Palabra es Salud: A Comparative Study of the Effectiveness of Popular Education vs. Traditional Education for Enhancing Health Knowledge and Skills and Increasing Empowerment Among Parish-Based Community Health Workers (CHWs). Retrieved from Dissertation and Theses. (AAT 3407867.)

Wiggins, N., Johnson, D., Avila, M., Farquhar, S.A., Michael, Y.L., Rios, T., and López, A. (2009). Using Popular Education for Community Empowerment: Perspectives of Community Health Workers in the Poder es Salud/ Power for Health Program. Critical Public Health 19, 11-22.

Farquhar, S.A., Wiggins, N., Michael, Y.L., Luhr, G., Jordan, J., and Lopez, A. (2008). “Sitting in different chairs:” Roles of the Community Health Workers in the Poder es Salud Power for Health Project. Education for Health.

Contact Us

Beth Poteet, Partnerships Coordinator
503-314-3136, beth.poteet@multco.us