Community Health Work (CHW) Training Scholarship Application
The Health Education Center recently received a grant awarded by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut to provide Community Health Worker training free of charge to 10 individuals who serve their community in Southeast Connecticut. This funding will cover the cost of tuition and the $100 fee to register for certification. Additionally, participants will be registered with Community Health Workers Association of CT.
Requirement to apply:
- Must work or volunteer for an organization in Southeastern Connecticut (East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington, and Waterford) that also serves a community or communities in Southeastern Connecticut.
- Must be 18 years or older
- Must have supervisor or organizational approval stating you are an advocate for Southeastern CT and that you are approved to attend the CHW training and complete the practicum hours.
- Job Position or volunteer work must entail connecting community members to health resources
- Must serve communities that are medically underserved and/or have high rates of health disparities as defined below.
- Medically Underserved Areas/Populations are areas or populations designated by HRSA as having too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty and/or high elderly population. The Medically Underserved Population can also include groups of persons who face documented economic, cultural, or linguistic barriers to health care.
- Health disparities can be a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with economic, social, or environmental disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social or economic obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, age, or mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.
- Our goal is for each of our 10 certified community health workers to, in their first year of service, assist at least 37 underserved residents so they can attain the highest level of health well-being.
- All accepted applications will also be required to complete evaluations periodically up to 18 months after the training.
- Must be available to attend the training dates and times via Zoom.
- The training is a 90-hour training with 50 internship hours including a 10-hour, on-site practicum at Hartford HealthCare’s Backus Hospital (totaling 140 hours).
- August 15, 2022 through November 16, 2022, every Monday and Wednesday from 10 AM – 2 PM (class will not be held on September 5th or October 3rd – October 12th).
If you would like to apply to receive this free CHW funding opportunity, complete the application and along with a signed letter of endorsement by July 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM. The letter of endorsement must certify that you work or serve a community in Southeastern Connecticut and if your supervisor or manager approves and supports you taking this training. Applicants will be informed if they are accepted into the CHW training free of charge through this funding opportunity by August 5, 2022. If an applicant is not accepted, they may still take the training, however they would be responsible for the training fee.