The National CHW Training Center had a record-setting year in 2014! Highlights include:

– Teaching five certification classes (two online CHW certification classes, one in-person CHW certification class at UT-Brownsville, and two online, self-paced CHW instructor certification classes)

– Teaching four in-person workshops (Breast & Cervical Cancer CEUs in Bryan, Texas; Diabetes, Obesity, Nutrition, & Exercise CEUs in San Diego, California, and El Paso, Texas; Fall Prevention CEUs in Arlington, Texas)

– Presenting and/or exhibiting at four state/national conferences (HPV & Cervical Cancer Summit in Houston, Texas; CHW Unity Conference in Baltimore, Maryland;
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana; Texas Gulf Coast CHW/Promotora Association’s Annual Conference in Houston, Texas).

– Receiving national recognition for NCHWTC staff – Paula received an honorable mention for the Esther B. Holderby Outstanding CHW Award in May 2014.

– Receiving a CDC-funded Obesity Prevention Grant to work in Hidalgo County as part of a partnership with the School of Public Health and AgriLife Extension

– Establishing an affiliation agreement with Coastal Bend Health Education Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, so that their CHW instructors can teach using the NCHWTC curriculum

– Revamping the NCHWTC’s online presence, including a brand-new website: and a new online learning management system:

– Adding two new self-paced CEU modules online (Diabetes, Obesity, Nutrition & Exercise; Fall Prevention)

The training center looks forward to building on the past year’s progress and continuing this momentum in 2015.

September is Fall Prevention Month and to mark the occasion, the NCHWTC collaborated with the Program on Healthy Aging (PHA) and the Texas Falls Prevention Coalition to host in-person events and online trainings across the state.

An in-person workshop took place on Monday, September 29, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Arlington Sub-Courthouse. The event was open to all Dallas-Fort Worth area health educators, community health workers, and other individuals with an interest in fall prevention. The 46 participants received eight continuing education units certified by the Department of State Health Services’ Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program.

By facilitating a workshop designed to educate and train residents about fall prevention strategies, PHA and NCHWTC gave CHWs, at-risk Texans, and their caregivers the tools to prevent falls in their own communities.

Interested individuals who were unable to attend the Arlington training can still access Fall Prevention modules online through the NCHWTC website: The free training modules are also approved as certified continuing education units for Community Health Workers.

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On July 31 and August 1, the NCHWTC traveled to El Paso, Texas to provide training to 70 CHWs. The training event was hosted by the National Rural Health Association.

Katharine Nimmons, the center director, and Denise Adame, an affiliated instructor and former graduate assistant with the center, delivered “Practical Tips for Getting it D.O.N.E. (Diabetes, Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise)” on Thursday afternoon, July 31 and Friday morning, August 1. The training was delivered entirely in Spanish, and all participants received 5 certified CEUs.

The D.ON.E. training describes practical strategies CHWs can utilize in their outreach work to address common chronic diseases and health behaviors facing their communities. This training evolved from feedback from CHWs saying that while they have knowledge and information regarding the most common chronic diseases and poor health behaviors, what they really need is assistance relating to practical, easy to follow strategies that will improve the health of the residents they serve.

The CHWs in El Paso enthusiastically participated in activities designed to convey these practical tips, including role play scenarios, group skits, a jeopardy review game, and interactive discussions. It was a dynamic and rewarding training, and CHWs from across Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico were able to learn from each other as well as from the instructors.

The NCHWTC is in the process of adapting the in-person D.O.N.E. training to an online format, so that CHWs elsewhere will have the opportunity to access these CEUs. More news to come!

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The director of the National CHW Training Center, Dr. Julie St. John, led a two-day Women’s Health Leadership Institute training in Brownsville, Texas on March 26 – 27. Thirteen community health workers from across the state participated in the workshop designed to help them create and implement community action projects. The hands-on, interactive training  taught students how to use a public health systems approach to reduce health disparities and chronic diseases in their communities.

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The National CHW Training Center participated in the 8th Annual CHW Conference in Houston, Texas on March 14th as an exhibitor. The conference was hosted by the Texas Gulf Coast CHW/Promotores Network, and the theme was CHWs Working Toward Social Justice. The Training Center shared information about the CHW and CHW instructor training opportunities available online and in-person. The event was a great opportunity to engage with other CHWs and allies in the region. The picture below shows Katy Nimmons, center manager, hosting the Training Center’s exhibition table.



March 26-27, 2014 at the UT School of Public Health, Brownsville Regional Campus (80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, TX 78520). Workshop hours are 8am-5pm. Selected participants must attend both days.

  • Are you an experienced CHW who wants to make a difference in your community?
  • Are you interested in learning how to be more effective in addressing social determinants of health in your community?
  • Do you want to learn new skills which can help you become a more effective leader?
  • Do you want to gain the skills to help you successfully implement a solution to a public health problem in your community?

If you answered yes to these questions, the Women’s Health Leadership Institute’s (WHLI) Community Health Worker Workshop may be right for you.

What is the WHLI?

WHLI is a national initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (DHHS-OWH). The purpose is to train and support experienced Community Health Workers in leadership development to enhance their capacity to influence change in their communities.

What does the CHW Workshop cost?

The workshop and all materials are free. NOTE: Applicants are responsible for their own travel.

What else do I need to know?

Everyone who completes the training will be expected to implement a Community Action Project using the skills they gained. (See CHW FAQs and CAP Guidelines for more information)

How do I apply?

Please see the attached WHLI CHW Application for more details and instructions. Please submit your application by March 10th, 2014 (10:00 pm). Selected participants will be notified by March 12th, 2014.

Questions? Please email and 

A new DSHS-certified Community Health Worker/Promotora 160 hour Certification Course will begin online on Monday, March 10th.

To register, please download and email your completed application to before Monday, March 3rd.

Course Details:
Dates: 24 weeks, beginning March 10, 2014
Time: Mondays, 4-6:30 pm
Location: Distance Learning: online & independent study
Cost: $600
Language: English
Additional information: This is a hybrid course: 2.5 hours a week of class sessions on Mondays, for a total of 60 hours. The other 100 hours are individual study, assignments, and hands-on experience.


The American Public Health Association/CHW Section is seeking nominations for the 2014 Community Health Worker Section Award.

CHWs’ work, dedication, and efforts go beyond the call of duty and job description and their efforts often go unrecognized. For this reason, the APHA/CHW section would like to award two outstanding CHWs, one in the field of advocacy and one in the field of health promotion.

Completed applications are due Monday, March 3, 2014.

Awards Nomination Packet

Applications may be mailed, faxed, or emailed to:

Janel Lowman, MHA
University of South Alabama
650 Clinic Dr., Ste. 2500
Mobile, AL 36688
FX: 251-461-1725

Forty CHWs from across Texas received training in Cervical Cancer prevention and detection, treatment, and survivorship education at the 3rd Annual HPV & Cervical Cancer Summit January 22nd in Houston.

The National Community Health Worker Training Center within the Center for Community Health Development, part of the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, delivered the CHW training component of the Summit.

The summit was convened by: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Department of Gynecology Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, The Cervical Comprehensive Cancer Control Workgroup, Cervical Cancer-Free Texas, National Cervical Cancer Coalition – Houston Chapter, and Houston Community College Coleman College for Health Sciences. Including CHWs in this gathering is a reflection of the importance of community-based outreach and activism in reducing the incidence and impact of Cervical Cancer in Texas.

CHW Instructors Dr. Julie St. John, Ms. Katharine Nimmons, Ms. Paula Saldana, and Ms. Dinorah Martinez provided 5 hours of certified CEUs to CHWs attending the conference. CCHD staff used culturally tailored curricula and materials they developed to train CHWs on Cervical Cancer prevention and detection, treatment, and survivorship in three breakout sessions during the morning of the summit.

After a luncheon featuring Cervical Cancer survivors sharing their testimonies, the National CHW Training Center instructors presented lessons learned from the two year EPICO (Education to Promote Improved Cancer Outcomes) cancer education project funded by the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas. Between 2011 and 2013, the EPICO project reached over 700 CHWs and 5000 residents across the state of Texas.

Approximately 300 people attended the conference, including the 40 CHWs who received training from CCHD National CHW Training Center staff.