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Community Health Worker (CHW) Program

The University of Hawaiʻi (UH) has partnered with the Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) to create the DOH-UH Contact Tracing Training Program (CTTP).  In addition to contact tracing training, the program aims to train 100 Community Health Workers (CHWs) across the UH System over the 2020-2021 academic year.  We currently have over 80 students in Fall 2020.

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.

Our next full-time cohort will begin in Spring 2021 (January 11 to May 14, 2021).  All classes are offered online; however, there will be an in-person practicum component in the last course of the certification.  Books are provided and the tuition is currently covered through a partnership with the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (HIDOH).  If you are still interested in participating in the program, please follow the steps below.

  • Apply to Kapiʻolani Community College by December 15, 2020.
  • Fill out this google form AFTER you have. In the survey, you can indicate your class time preference and sign up for an info session.
  • Attend a CHW info session on Zoom (Meeting ID: 941 2554 0902)
    • Upcoming dates are below:
      • Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 12 PM [already completed]
      • Monday, November 9, 2020, at 5:30 PM [already completed]
      • Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 9:30 AM [already completed]

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:

Hilary Hacker 
CHW Practicum Coordinator
Sally Pestana 
CHW Apprenticeship Coordinator