The Southeast Missouri State University Partnership for Community Health Workers was recently awarded funding to increase the number of Certified Community Health Workers (CHWs) in southeast Missouri serving the population.
This partnership between Southeast and the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Cancer and Chronic Disease Control (DHSS) works to attract, train and retain CHWs interested in serving Missouri’s population.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the University and our commitment to community engagement,” said Dr. Cathy McElderry, chair of Southeast’s Department of Social Work. “This program offers high-quality, intensive training for employment opportunities in health and health- related organization to prepare a cadre of workers who can potentially make a difference in the health of Missourians.”
CHWs can make a positive difference in the social and economic disparities facing Missouri residents, McElderry added.
The course is composed of 100 hours of in-class training, held at Southeast’s main campus in Cape Girardeau and regional campuses in Sikeston, Malden and Kennett, Missouri. Training classes will run for 12 consecutive weeks on Mondays and Fridays for a total of eight hours weekly.
If selected for the tuition waiver, recipients must agree to complete a satisfactory background check prior to accepting the tuition waiver; successfully complete the CHW training program, including practicum hours; and submit an official high school transcript or GED equivalent.