Designed For
Current Community Health Workers (CHWs) looking to build their leadership skills.
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Online | Instructor-led
$1,200 for non-EOCCO participants
$800 for EOCCO participants (those working in a county covered by EOCCO)
85 hours
In 2019, the OSU CHW Training Program will submit a Traditional Health Worker Continuing Educational Units (CEU) Application to the Oregon Health Authority.
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This course is designed to provide a continuing education/professional development opportunity for Community Health Workers (CHWs) who wish to grow their capacity for leadership. It is delivered online and involves student-content, student-student, student-instructor and student-mentor interaction.

The course is scheduled over the course of an academic year and includes the following online modules:

  1. Leadership Basics (fall term)
  2. Looking Inward: A Time for Introspection (fall term)
  3. Looking Outward: Engaging with Others (winter term)
  4. Looking Forward: Making a Difference (winter term)
  5. Applied Leadership Development: A Capstone Project (spring term)

What You'll Learn

In this expert-led online course, you will learn to identify basic leadership principles, theories and styles and cover how to describe personal values, traits and leadership strengths. You will also learn how to identify different communication styles and differentiate between select learning styles.

During the course, you will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge regarding communicating (including active listening and conflict management) to a difficult conversation
  • Apply knowledge regarding establishing and nurturing relationships to a mentoring, coaching, or supervising scenario
  • Apply knowledge regarding creating change (including making decisions and solving problems) to a real or hypothetical case
  • Appraise their leadership behavior during their capstone project

At the end, you will be able to summarize the actions for creating change that are addressed in this course.

Prerequisites for this Course

In order to register for this class, you should meet the following requirements:

  • English proficiency
  • High-school diploma or GED
  • Current certification as a CHW in Oregon
  • Full-time equivalent of 6-months experience as a CHW
  • Signed statement of interest in this course (to be submitted during registration)
  • Signed statement of awareness of and commitment to program requirements and expectations (to be submitted during registration)
  • Letter of support from employer

EOCCO CHW Leadership Certificate Program

This course is a core component of the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) Community Health Worker (CHW) Leadership Certificate Program. Participants living or working in EOCCO's service area at the time of course completion, who complete and pass this course, will earn EOCCO's internal "CHW Leadership I" credential.

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  • Ann Custer, MPH, OTR, CHES

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    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.