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    Professional Development Resources​


    The following resources are being provided as potential options for Community Health Workers to access free or low-cost professional development opportunities for certificate renewal and continued learning.

    Note: Neither the Department nor the CHW Program has reviewed or evaluated the content.  

    Organizations with Free Professional Development Options​

    CDC Learning Connection

    Access to thousands of free training opportunities. Sign-up for a free account and save a customized search to receive email updates when new training opportunities that match your criteria become available. Some training and resources are available in additional languages. 

    Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity

    Through training, coaching, and technical assistance the Center provides behavioral health practitioners with vital information to address disparities affecting LGBTQ+ people across all stages of life.

    Community Health Collaborative

    Free continuing education modules and links to additional free continuing education.

    Community Health Worker Advocacy Training
    A free mobile course designed by CHWs, for CHWs. CHWs will learn skills to effectively share their stories and advocate for the health issues most important to their communities. All of the resources are available in English, Spanish & French.

    HRSA Training and Technical Assistance Hub

    The HRSA (Health Resources & Services Administration) Hub centralizes training and technical assistance resources. The resources are organized by topic. Some training and resources are available in additional languages.

    Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI)

    IPHI develops multi-sector partnerships and innovative solutions to improve the public's health and well-being across the DMV.

    Maryland Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care (BHIPP)

    BHIPP provides in-person and web-based training and educational opportunities.

    Mental Health America

    Accessible webinar event calendar. MHA’s programs and initiatives fulfill its mission of promoting mental health and preventing mental illness through advocacy, education, research, and services. 

    Mental Health Association of Maryland

    Webinars and courses help individuals improve their understanding of mental health, learn how to recognize symptoms, identify community resources, and link people to treatment.

    NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

    Webinars designed for community health workers. Find information on adult learning principles to motivate behavior change and enhance heart health. Some training and resources are available in Spanish. 

    Pathfinders for Autism

    Lists free educational events and interactive workshops. 

    PHPA Website:  MDH Diabetes “Find a Class”

    Lists over 30 classes and workshops related to diabetes for the public.  

    Population Health Leadership Series - Thomas Jefferson University

    The Population Health Leadership Series (PHLS) offers live face-to-face and virtual educational programs that can be customized to meet the unique needs of healthcare professionals.

    Public Health Learning Navigator

    National Network of Public Health Institutes includes the Public Health Learning Navigator as a resource to access free peer-reviewed online learning opportunities. 

    SAMHSA Practitioner Training & Technical Assistance

    SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) practitioner training portal offers tools, training, and technical assistance to practitioners in mental health and substance us​e disorders.

    Texas A&M University Center for Community Health and ​Aging

    ​This certified Community Health Worker Program in Texas offers free online education to Community Health Workers in English and Spanish on a variety of health topics to enhance population health.​​

    Virtual Dementia Capability Training

    This resource is made available by the Maryland Department of Aging. The training consists of eight short modules that may be viewed at your convenience. 

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Topic Specific Options

    Emergency Preparedness & Response - Training & Education

    Health Literacy Training

    Healthy Schools - Training & Professional Development

    Healthy Water - Training & Education

    Immunization - Training & Education

    Opioid Overdose - Training Series

    Public Health 101 - Training Series

    Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) - Training

    Violence Prevention - Tools & Training

    COVID-19 Professional Development Webinar Opportunities

    Webinar: COVID-19 Conversations

    Cost:  Free

    Length:  1 hour

    Sponsor: American Public Health Association & National Academy of Medicine 

    Webinar: What you need to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) and the role of community health workers (CHWs) in the community

    Cost:  Free

    Length:  1 hour

    Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Webinar: Working with Refugee, Immigrant, and Migrant Communities in COVID-19

    Cost:  Free

    Length:  1 hour

    Sponsor: National Resource Center for Immigrant, Refugees, and Migrants

    Health Literacy & Health Equity Webinar Opportunities

    Webinar: Collaborating to address health inequities in underserved communities

    Cost: Free

    Length: 1 hour

    Sponsor: Quest Diagnostics

    Webinar: Community Health Workers' Role in Advancing Equity

    Cost: Free 

    Length: 60 mins

    Sponsor: University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

    Webinar: Effective Communication for Healthcare Teams: Addressing Health Literacy, Limited English Proficiency and Cultural Differences

    Cost:  Free

    Length:  1 hour

    Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Webinar: Enhancing the healthcare experience with a digital platform approach

    Cost: Free

    Length: 1 hour

    Sponsor: Modern Healthcare (Anthem)

    Webinar: Fundamentals of Communicating Health Risks

    Cost:  Free

    Length:  1 hour

    Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Webinar: Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals

    Cost:  Free

    Length:  1 hour

    Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Additional Public Health Webinar Opportunities

    Webinar: A Strategic Imperative: Effective solutions to addressing burnout

    Cost: Free

    Length: 1 hour

    Sponsor: ModernHealthcare

    Webinar: How to bring smart health experiences to life

    Cost: Free

    Length: 1 hour

    Sponsor: Ernst & Young Global 

    Webinar: How to build a patient feedback program that works

    Cost: Free

    Length: 1 hour

    Sponsor: Podium

    Webinar:  Introduction to the CLAS Standards

    Cost:  Free

    Length:  1 hour

    Sponsor: University of North Texas

    Newsletters and Publications of Interest

    Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI)

    National Association of CHWs

    Office of Minority Health Resources

    SHIP Health Action Newsletter

    Additional Organization Website Resources

    American Cancer Society

    American Diabetes Association

    American Heart Association

    American Hospital Association

    American Lung Association

    American Public Health Association

    CDC CHW Toolkit

    National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW)

    Public Health Professionals Gateway

    Rural Health Information Hub