Community Health Worker Program Information

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Certified Community Health Worker (CHW). CHWs are non-licensed frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually close understanding of the community. Individuals may work in settings such as outreach, patient navigation systems, peer counseling environments, promotoras in community settings, health aids in schools, health advocate or health educations arenas. CHWs assist with enrolling individuals into programs, coordinate resources within the community for individuals, provide health intervention strategies, develop training programs, and serve as a liaison between the community and organizations. CHWs do not provide direct clinical care, except for blood pressure or glucose readings.

The Southeast Missouri State University Partnership for Community Health Workers was awarded funding to increase the number of Certified CHW’s in Southeast Missouri serving the population. This partnership between Southeast Missouri State University and the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Cancer and Chronic Disease Control works together to attract, train and retain CHWs interested in serving Missouri’s population.

Below is an overview of the Community Health Worker Certificate Training program. The tuition waiver application is also attached for those interested in applying for a for Community Health Workers Tuition Waiver.

A limited number of tuition waivers are available to students to complete the CHW Certificate programs. If selected for the tuition waiver, recipients must agree to meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a satisfactory background check prior to accepting the tuition waiver. ($15 fee for background check must be submitted with application.)
  • Successfully complete the CHW training program, including practicum hours.
  • Applicant must submit official high school transcript or GED equivalent.

*** The course is composed of 100 hours of in-class training and projects, held at the main campus and regional campuses in Sikeston, Malden, and Kennett.

University Calendar Events are:

  • January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Jaunary 16 Spring 2018 Classes Begin
  • January 17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner
  • March 12-16 Spring Break
  • March 30 Designated Holiday
  • May 7-11 Spring Final Exams
  • May 12 Spring Commencement

CHW Course Spring 18
(This schedule is subject to change)

  • 1/20; 8:00am-12pm
  • 1/27; 8:00am-12pm
  • 2/3; 8:00am-12pm
  • 2/10; 8:00am-12pm
  • 2/17; 8:00am-12pm
  • 2/24; 8:00am-12pm
  • 3/3; 8:00am-12pm
  • 3/10; 8:00am-12pm
  • 3/24; 8:00am-12pm
  • 4/7; 8:00am-12pm
  • 4/14; 8:00am-12pm
  • 4/21; 8:00am-12pm
  • 4/28; 8:00am-12pm
  • 5/5; 10:00am-2:00pm Community Health Worker Fair plus lunch
    100 hours

For additional CHW Certificate Training Program information please contact:


Economic and Business Engagement Center, 920 Broadway, Room 302
Continuing Education
One University Plaza, MS 0130
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701