Community Health Workers (CHWs) are a critical and growing workforce committed to the health and well-being of their neighbors and they are addressing barriers to care such as the primary provider shortage. The Health Resources and Services Administration estimates that there is an urgency for CHW training to meet the staffing demand within in rural communities which will grow 13% by the year 2030.
Supporting your community requires a range of capabilities such as community engagement, informal counseling, and advocacy, as well as knowledge of chronic disease management and social support services.
Whether you are a CHW seeking continuing education or part of the Colette Lamothe-Galette Community Healthcare Worker Institute (CLG-CHWI), or someone seeking a career change to become a CHW, you are welcome to attend this peer-led education and training series. It is designed to equip you with the information and tools you need to improve the overall health of New Jersey communities. All participants will receive a certificate of completion.
After participating in ECHO, providers will be able to:
Continuing Education Accreditation not available for this series.
In collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health. The Rutgers Project CHW ECHO will reinforce and expand on classroom education provided by the CLG-CHWI.
The NJ Department of Health established the Colette Lamothe-Galette (CLG) Community Health Worker Institute through a NJ Department of Labor Apprenticeship program. The Institute is named in honor of Colette Lamothe-Galette, who unfortunately passed away in 2020 due to COVID-19 complications. The goal of the Institute is to create a standardized Community Health Worker training and certification program, resulting in a robust CHW workforce. This training program helps prepare and deploy an employee faction critical to the recovery and recuperation of New Jerseys’ most vulnerable communities. It creates a needed infrastructure to support CHWs, and the institutions they serve. Through this work, the NJDOH will create career pipelines for CHWs, enhance CHW skill sets and lead sustainability efforts to support this indispensable workforce.
Information regarding the growing staffing demand for Community Health Workers obtained from The Health Resources and Services Administration, to read more, click here.