University of Nebraska Medical Center

Training Overview & Application

In Nebraska, there are substantial disparities in health care quality and access, and multiple social determinants of health. One way to address these disparities is to incorporate well-trained Community Health Workers, or health support workers, from the diverse communities in which they live and work, into local health care system to advocate for and support those with unmet medical needs and related social determinants of health.

The UNMC College of Public Health is dedicated to reducing these health disparities by providing a training opportunity for interested individuals (no experience necessary!) to gain the skills needed to become a successful Community Health Worker in Nebraska. 

Financial assistance up to $7,500 is provided to each trainee.

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Application Details

Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this training program, you must:

  1. Have at least a GED or high school diploma;
  2. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; and
  3. Commit to completing the training program.

You may also be subjected to a background check for the placement in on-the-job training.

Program Details

The training program has two parts.

10 weeks of online training on core competencies

The 10-week online training program will cover the following core competencies:

  • Ethics and Community Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Health Education for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
  • Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Health Insurance Basics
  • Patient Advocacy ad Care Coordination
  • Community Outreach and Needs Assessment
  • Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
8-12 months of on-the-job training at a designated training site in Nebraska
  • Each on-the-job training is tailored to match the interests and needs of the trainee.
  • At the end of the on-the-job training, each trainee is expected to give a presentation highlighting their experience and accomplishments during the entire training period.