The Community Health Worker (CHW) Grant supports Human Services and Addictions (HSR) majors at NKU. Kentucky’s CHW core competency standards align to the HSR program's including: effective communication, health prevention and care, organizational and community outreach, care coordination, and system navigation and assessment. Human services professionals help individuals who are struggling with life issues and barriers that cut across several systems of care.
Students develop the skillsets they need to provide effective community outreach, build trust with communities, support connections to and retention in care and support services, along with other strategies to increase access to care and to assist individuals from underserved communities. HSR professionals who become certified community health workers advocate for their community through advancing public health initiatives, strengthening the public health workforce, reducing health disparities, and helping underserved populations achieve health equity.
What are Community Health Workers?
A community health worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. A community health worker also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.
What does the Community Health Worker Grant offer?
Which NKU programs are eligible?
What are other eligibility requirements?