Training Coordinator 

The Community Health Workers Association of Rochester, Inc., (CHWAR) held its 2nd Community Health Workers training in 2020 through Action For A Better Community’s (ABC) Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG).  HPOG is a federally funded program established by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) to provide education and training programs in high demand healthcare professions to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, incumbent workers, and other low income individuals.  This program is an important federal effort to improve the labor market opportunities of disadvantaged populations within the healthcare field.


The CHWAR CHW Training provided the basics of home visiting, communication, outreach safety, stress management and HIPAA compliance.  The training model was created and implemented by experienced CHWs.  Trainings are facilitated by “boots to the ground” CHWs and provide face-to-face, hands-on training and practice skills.  The 2020 training, due the COVID-19, had to be provided remotely, but did not “short-change” the learning experience for participants.  


CHWAR is excited to announce that many of the CHW training graduates, have gone on to find employment in the field.  CHWAR/HPOG will hold its 3rd CHW Training beginning February 2021 to June 2021.

This training program is designed to provide CHWs with the specific skills they need to conduct the tasks and accomplish the roles that have come to describe the CHW practice.

Target group: Individuals seeking an entry-level career in the healthcare field as a CHW.  

Duration: A combination program of classroom instruction and internship.

Certification: HPOG training is a certified Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Individual Training -WIOA Training

Training consultations and tailored training available, upon request.

Trainees working in capacity engagement will be able to identify the correlation of their roles with that of a community health worker using the various skill set that will promote effective community outreach.  Trainees will learn the basics of home visiting: communication, outreach safety, stress management, mandated reporting and professionalism from experienced CHW trainers in the field of outreach. Trainees will also be instructed on the various health needs of the community.

The Community Health Worker Association of Rochester curriculum is available as a 96-hour instructional and 108-hour practice course of study. In addition to the core competencies, training in disease-specific topics is available. Disease-specific training includes Diabetes, Asthma, Hypertension, Cardio-Vascular Disease, and Nutrition.  


Upon completion of the training in core competencies and disease-specific topics (as desired), CHWs typically receive additional training in working within the specific concentration of their programs during an internship/mentoring period of 108 hours.


Please contact chwarochester@gmail.com or 585-957-0032 for any further questions.

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“This document was supported by Grant 90FX0055 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.”


“HPOG is a study funded by the federal government which is being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help people improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities. Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities”.  

​Health Professional Opportunity Grant

  • Established by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) to provide education and training programs in high-demand health care professions to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals.

  • An important federal effort to improve the labor market opportunities of disadvantaged populations within the health care field.

  • Offers pre-training activities for participants who need to improve basic academic skills or English language proficiency before entering occupational training.

  • Participants will receive career exploration and planning, integrated case management, support services, and employment placement and retention assistance.