The deadline individuals to submit an application for community health worker (CHW) certification based on experience was June 30, 2021. Applications for CHW certification based on experience received by June 30, 2021 will be reviewed.
Individuals may apply at any time for CHW certification based on the completion of accredited CHW certification training program! There is no deadline for this pathway.
Please visit the website for CHW certification based on the completion of an accredited CHW certification training program for information on this pathway to CHW certification. This website includes a link to a list of accredited CHW training programs. Please note that this list is updated as new CHW training programs become accredited.
For assistance please contact the CHW Team at MDH.CHWApplications@maryland.gov or 410-767-5971.
Community health workers go by many titles, depending on where they work, who they work for, and what they do. Common titles include promotores(as) de salud, health coach, community health advisor, community health coach, lay health advocate, family advocate, community health care worker, health educator, liaison, promoter, outreach worker, peer counselor, patient navigator, health interpreter, public health aide, community health representative, outreach specialist, and more.
Maryland's CHW Core Competencies:
1. Advocacy and community capacity building skills
2. Effective oral and written communication skills
3. Cultural competency
4. Understanding of ethics and confidentiality issues
5. Knowledge of local resources and system navigation
6. Care coordination support skills
7. Teaching skills to promote health behavior change
8. Outreach methods and strategies
9. Understanding of public health concepts and health literacy
Contact the CHW Team at MDH.CHWApplications@maryland.gov or 410-767-5971.