- Designed For
- Professionals working in the field of community health looking for continuing education or professional development opportunities
- New Dates Coming Soon
- Online | Instructor-led
- Discounted rate of $175 for individuals living in the following counties: Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wheeler. Enter county of residence during checkout to receive discount.
- Four weeks
Plan for 3-8 hours of work per week
- 1.5 Units | 15 Hours
- 15 Continuing Education Units │Oregon Health Authority
Ask us about Workforce Development Training. We can customize this program to fit your organization's specific needs.
More and more studies are focusing on the relationship between key demographics and quality of health. Areas such as race, ethnicity, income, education and experience with trauma are statistically shown to have an impact on access to and effective utilization of healthcare. That’s why, as a Community Health Worker (CHW), it’s important to focus on these elements as a way of improving community health in the areas that need it most.
Our expert-led online course is designed for current Community Health Workers and will help you in your critical work with low-income populations. In this course, you will investigate the multiple links between poverty, race, ethnicity and trauma with healthcare. You will also look at evidence-based approaches that you can implement as a CHW to improve health equity for disadvantaged and low-income populations.
By investigating real-world examples and case studies, you will gain actionable skills that you can immediately employ in your work. Since this course is led by our expert instructor, you can be sure that you navigate these materials in a thoughtful way to have a real impact.
Oregon State University's Community Health Worker program is proud to be an approved provider of continuing education for the Oregon Health Authority to train traditional health workers.
What You'll Learn
- Explain the relationship between social class and health.
- Identify the multiple ways social class, race and/or ethnicity combine to amplify health disparities for families of color.
- Discuss how trauma-informed care can enhance the Community Health Worker's ability to empower individuals and families who have experienced trauma.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how research informs and supports public health practices that increase health equity.
- Discuss how social programs affect the health and well-being of low-income families.
Ann Custer, MPH, OTR, CHES
Ann supports OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences in building capacity of the current and future public health and human sciences workforce to meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities. Her work focuses on managing a portfolio of professional development offerings related to public health and human sciences. It involves collaboration with a variety of internal and external partners, including faculty, industry, and governmental agencies.
She earned a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri in Columbia.
Broadly speaking, her professional interests involve collaborative partnerships and innovative programming to improve population and individual health, with particular emphasis on facilitating linkages between academia and industry, research and practice. Additional and related interests include workforce development and healthy aging.
Lori McGraw, PhD, is a senior instructor with Oregon State University’s School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences for the Program of Human Development and Family sciences. Her research interests include understanding family care, particularly for families in later life. As a qualitative researcher, she focuses on how sociocultural ideas and practices surrounding care shape caregivers identities and relationships, and how caregivers creatively use sociocultural ideas to construct purposeful lives. Recent research includes caregiving ties between adult siblings, mother-daughter, mother-child with autism and grandmother-grandchild.