Online Program

Capacity Building for Community Health Workers Integrating Apprenticeships to Get to the Top of the Mountain

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 11:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Sherri Ohly, BSW, Chronic Disease Prevention Unit, WI DHS CDPU, Milwaukee, WI
E. Lee Rosenthal, MPH, PhD, Project on Community Health Worker Policy and Practice, UT School of Public Health, Institute for Health Policy, El Paso Regional Campus, El Paso, TX
Leslie Hargrove, MCHES, Texas AHEC East - Coastal Region, Lamarque, TX
Owen Smith, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, DWD, Madison, WI
Veronica Perez, CHW, Aurora Walker's Point Community Clinic, Milwaukee, WI
There are many paths to the top of the mountain.  This is especially true for Community Health Worker (CHW) training, also known as capacity-building.  CHWs are prepared to do their work by various sources including technical colleges, health systems, and by their own life experiences.  The type of work CHWs do also varies and is determined by the needs and assets of the communities they serve, CHW employers and support organizations, funding, government and health systems policy, and the passions of CHWs.  The capacity building approaches needed to meet their needs is equally varied.  Registered Apprenticeship is one path to addressing CHW capacity –building.

This presentation will allow participants to create a picture of the training modalities being used nationwide by posting on the wall where their training approaches sit on the continuum of training possibilities. The presenters will then identify how the apprenticeship model compares to the approaches shared highlighting the model as implemented in Texas and Wisconsin.  A CHW who has participated in the Texas behavioral health apprenticeship model will discuss how apprenticeship benefited her. The CHW Common Core (C3) Project will identify how its findings can be integrated in CHW capacity building including apprenticeship models.  Participants will learn about the apprenticeship training modality and how it can be tailored to meet varied training needs of states, employers and related funding sources (i.e. Medicaid) as well as the training goals of CHWs themselves.   Finally participants will be given resources to explore implementation of the apprenticeship model.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe existing apprenticeship program in Texas, apprenticeship program development efforts in Wisconsin and how the curriculums compare to the findings of the national C3 project. Describe benefits of apprenticeship for CHWs through the eyes of a CHW who has participated in apprenticeship. Explain the policy impact of the Wisconsin CHW Apprenticeship program as providing a systemic way to expand standardized training across the State and as preparation for a Medicaid State Plan Amendment Identify three potential partnerships to explore if your state or organization is interested in pursuing this training modality

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a Community Health worker trainer for the past eight years. I work in public health as a Health Promotion Consultant for the State of Wisconsin. I am principally in responsible for developing the CHW apprenticeship program in Wisconsin
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.