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Community Health Worker (CHW) Program

The Community Health Worker (CHW) program was established at Kapiʻolani Community College in Spring 2017 but was reinvigorated through the Hawai’i State Department of Health (DOH)-UH Contact Tracing Training Program grant in 2020. Since its inception, the program has graduated a total of 189 students. We are pleased to start another statewide CHW cohort for the Fall 2022 and Spring and Summer 2023 Semesters.

The CHW program prepares students to function as patient advocates, linking disadvantaged populations with community healthcare resources. A CHW is a trusted member of the community and a valuable part of a healthcare or social services team. Also known as outreach workers or navigators, CHWs provide health education and care coordination. They help others take action and promote healthy communities.

We are excited to announce, we will be starting another statewide course series for Community Health Worker (CHW) in August 2023! Grant funding will pay tuition in full for all 16-credits for all participating students. If you have any colleagues, friends, family members or know of anyone who may be interested in participating please forward this email onto them and/or have them email me for questions.

Info for potential students:

Online classes begin the week of August 21st and will be offered part time, Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:30-8:30pm, in class time will vary with some asynchronous content. The courses and term schedule are as follows:

Fall 2023

CHW 100: Community Health Worker Fundamentals

CHW 130: Intro to Counseling and Interviewing

Spring 2024

CHW 135: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

CHW 140: Case Management

Summer 2024

CHW 145: Community Health Worker Practicum Experience

Next Steps:

In order to participate, please follow these steps for consideration in the CHW Program. Following these steps does not guarantee enrollment. However, they are all required for acceptance. Be sure to read all instructions carefully.

  • Apply to Kapiʻolani Community College for Fall 2023 at your earliest convenience, the CHW program internal deadline is July 15th. Be sure to select “Community Health Worker” as your major (if you are currently enrolled and taking classes, you may skip this step).

  • Fill out this google form.

  • Attend a CHW info session via Zoom. You can register for an info session here. Fall Info Session dates are as follows:

    • May 23rd, 2023 at 12pm

    • June 14th, 2023 at 5:30pm

    • July 15th, 2023 at 9:30am

Once you have completed all three steps and are accepted into the program, we will send out registration instructions. 

Hope to see you for an info session in order to answer any questions you may have and get you started for our Fall 2023 CHW cohort! 

Interested in hiring CHWs or being a practicum site?

If you are interested in hiring CHWs or becoming a practicum site or apprenticeship partner, please email:

Finn Kovi
CHW Recruitment Facilitator