Southwest AHEC


What You Will Learn

CHW Training Classes & Registration Process
Training Cost
PA AHEC Regions
CHW Course
CHW Course Cost
Course Delivery Options
Scholarships Available?
Southwest AHEC
100-hour CHW Training Classes
Tuition includes: 
  • All course fees and materials

  • CPR/First Aid Certification

  • Adult or Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification

  • Joining the CHW Collaborative Community for ongoing education and support

Payment guidelines are provided when your registration is accepted for the course. Payment is not required at the time of application, but is required to reserve your spot in a training session once your application has been accepted.

In-person Training Format

  • Class schedule are determined prior to the start of each 100-hour training course. For example, classes for the next scheduled course will follow the format: 10 hours/week for 10 weeks. Classes will be held on Monday and Friday from 9am-2pm. 

  • Necessary materials for the course are provided at the first class. 


Virtual Training Format

  • Participants will complete approximately 2-3 hours of pre-work before the first day of training. Pre-work includes: 

    • Sign into Online Classroom and review the Syllabus 

    • A couple of readings. 

    • Complete the pre-course evaluation

  • The class schedule will follow the same as an in-person training. This is a live, interactive course taught by AHEC CHW trainers. A full agenda will be provided once your registration is finalized.

Virtual Training IT Requirements

  • Computer: Windows, Apple desktop or laptop computer OR Mobile Device/Tablet/Surface: iOS, Android, Windows

  • Computer microphone and speakers

    • For the best experience, join the course from a tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Phones are best used as audio backup only.

    • If your computer does not have a microphone and speakers, you can use the dial-in option from your phone for audio.

  • Internal or external HD webcam

  • Internet Connection


*The course will be hosted through Zoom. We will provide a how-to guide for those unfamiliar with the platform.

  • Community Health Worker Introduction

  • Communication, Networking & Conflict

  • Boundaries

  • Personal Safety

  • Building and Maintaining Relationships

  • HIPAA Privacy Rule

  • Health Literacy


  • Documentation

  • Chronic Disease

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Preventive Care

  • Benefits Check up

  • Becoming a Healthier You

  • Accident Prevention

  • Opioid Brief Intervention

  • Every Smoker, Every Time

Additional Modules

  • Mental Health First Aid

  • CPR/AED/First Aid

  • Mandated Reporter

  • Cultural Understanding, Anti-racism, & Advocacy


Southwest PA AHEC scholarships for the Roots of Health CHW training classes cover the cost of tuition/course fees, class materials, and certifications in CPR/First Aid and Mental Health First Aid. Scholarships are in the amount of $1,500. 

There are  10  scholarship(s) available for the May 2021 class. Click the link below to apply for a scholarship.


If you are interested in registering for the Roots of Health CHW classes, please visit Southwest PA Community Health Worker Training Registration.