142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Accelerating CHW Education and Credentialling through Prior Learning Assessments

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Marlon Haywood, MS , Health Systems Management, City Colleges of Chicago/ Rush University, Chicago, IL
Roy Walker III, MS , Exercise Science & Sports Studies, Malcolm X College, Chicago, IL
Beth-Anne Christopher, MS, RN, CNL , Adult Health & Gerontological Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, IL
Andy Garman, PsyD , Health Systems Management, Rush University, Chicago, IL
Tricia Johnson, PhD , Rush University, Department of Health Systems Management, Chicago, IL
Efforts to professionalize the Community Health Worker (CHW) role have led to the establishment of numerous CHW education and certification programs across the country. While these programs can help raise the visibility and legitimacy of the CHW as a professional role, they can pose challenges for experienced CHWs, who may not be in a position, financially or from a timing perspective, to enroll into these programs.  Experienced CHWs may also have substantial skills in some of the areas these programs address, which would make specific courses counter-productive for these CHWs to enroll into.  Prior Learning Assessments (PLAs) hold promise for helping programs identify the skills experienced CHWs have, and provide them with course credit toward these programs. In this interactive session, I plan to describe what PLAs are and how they have worked in educational programs for CHWs and other professions.  I will then ask participants to identify any PLAs that have been developed for CHW programs they are familiar with, and suggest ways in which we might share these PLAs across programs with a goal of helping experienced CHWs participate in advancing their education in more efficient ways.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Identify approaches to streamlining the educational paths for experienced Community Health Workers through Prior Learning Assessments

Keyword(s): Certification, Community Health Workers and Promoters

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am leading a project to establish prior learning assessments for the new Community Health Worker program at Malcolm X College, as part of a health disparities research fellowship at Rush University.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.