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Community Health Worker & Chronic Disease Self-Management Group Leader Program  

Cleveland State University School of Nursing, in partnership with Friendly Inn Settlement House, Fairhill Partners and the Sisters of Charity Foundation, is pleased to present this Ohio Board of Nursing certified program that combines Community Health Worker certification with Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Group Leader Certification. This program is appropriate for anyone interested in an entry-level position in health care who would like to make a difference in the health of the community. To participate in the program you must have a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years of age.

The program contains 3 essential courses:

  • Introduction to the Role
  • Care across the Lifespan
  • Practicum

Community Health Worker 1: Introduction to the Role

Introduces the many roles of the Community Health Worker. The student is introduced to basic content in five major areas: health care, communication skills, advocacy, health education, and social services. Basic anatomy and physiology of the human body is covered. Students will be introduced into to the concepts of data collection for health assessment including: obtaining vital signs, recording vital signs, and recognizing changes in health status. The course includes Clinical experience of 2 hours in obtaining and documenting vital signs.

Community Health Worker 2: Care across the Lifespan

Presents concepts of growth and development across the lifespan. Examines stressors and general resistance resources of individuals at various life stages in relation to health promotion, health maintenance and health restoration. Examines spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental impacts on health. The course includes a supervised clinical component of 28 hours.

Community Health Worker 3: Practicum

Students will complete a supervised practicum in the community setting of at least 100 hours, integrating knowledge from the previous course work and applying it in the clinical setting. The student will also complete training in chronic disease self-management.


Saturdays, January 21 - May 13, 2017

9am - 3pm

Friendly Inn Settlement House, 2386 Unwin Rd, Cleveland, OH 44104


May—August 2017

There are community clinical opportunities at a variety of sites which includes training as a Chronic Disease Self- Management Group Leader at: Fairhill Partners, 12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44120

Fee $2,000.00

Textbooks included/Ask about tuition assistance

The MEDTAPP IHOPE CHW program is partially funded by the Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP) through Ohio Department of Medicaid’s Healthcare Access Initiative

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