Frequently Asked Questions

What is a CHW?

A Community Health Workers (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

What is the history of CHWs?

The history of Community Health Workers in America is long and varied, as Community Health Workers have been a rallying voice within the American Public Health Association since the 1970s. Take a more in-depth look on MHP Salud’s site.

Does Montana offer certification for CHWs?

Currently, Montana does not offer certification/licensure for CHWs. A certificate of completion is provided upon successful completion of the course. Discussions are underway across the state with regards to CHW certification and reimbursement for services.

How much does the CHW training cost?

The MORH/AHEC Fundamentals of a Community Health Worker course costs $1,500. Be sure to check for potential scholarships/grants that may cover the training cost.

What are the continuing education options for a Community Health Worker?

MORH/AHEC offers free add-on training modules for Community Health Workers. https://healthinfo.montana.edu/bhwet/chw/add-on.html. We are always looking to expand our learning library, if you have ideas/training needs that are not currently offered, please reach out and let us know what training topics we could add.

What is an MTCHWA member?

MTCHWA members are CHWs and other similar professions with community health advocacy roles and responsibilities, CHW supervisors, allies and advocates who bring insight, perspective, and vital connections to the incredible work that is being done across Montana.

How do I become an MTCHWA member?