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