Morehouse School of Medicine High School Community Worker Training Program

High School Community Health Worker Training Program

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The High School Community Health Worker (HSCHW) Training Program is a year long training program that seeks to increase the number of trained HSCHWs to engage family, peers and community in strategies for better health.

The objectives of the HSCHW training program are to:

  • Increase the number of trained student community health workers to assist with community health programs in underserved communities.
  • Provide a health careers pipeline program and mentorship for underserved students.
  • Support and promote the community health worker field.
  • Promote health education and health literacy in schools and community.
  • Assist trained HSCHWs with the design and implementation of school-based and community-based health initiatives.
  • Provide health monitoring and health literacy activities to students’ family members and community members.

The MSM HSCHW training is 161 hours total: 2.5 weeks (91 hours) of classroom instruction with core competencies/skills, followed by 2 weeks (70 hours) of field instruction (summer intensive) and additional hours of continuing education (school year). The summer intensive training is held every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during July and early August. During the school year (August–May), students meet monthly to receive educational booster sessions, discuss family/community monitoring activities, and work on the implementation of their community project.

ELIGIBILITY: Rising 10th-12th grade students and recent graduates of Washington, Tri-Cities, Banneker, KIPP Collegiate, Mays, McClarin, Carver, Douglass, Hughes, Therrell and West Lake High Schools. (If your school is not mentioned above, have a school administrator contact us).

The program includes: instruction & materials, classroom & field training,  continuing education (monthly), 3 CHW textbooks, info binder, access to learning management system (Canvas), equipment, a computer/tablet, blood pressure monitoring equipment, a portable scale, 2 polo shirts, book bag Marta cards (transportation), training stipend, CPR certification, competency exam, job training & placement assistance (for HS Graduates), on-going community/school projects, and a CHW training completion certificate.


Applications are due March 31st!

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Program Highlights

Student-Led Community Health Projects

HCSHW Student-led ProjectsDuring the summer training, students work in groups to brainstorm and develop a community and/or school-based health project to be implemented during the school year in conjunction with local Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and school partners.

The students are supported through the project implementation and are assisted with report writing. The student community projects are implemented with kick-offs scheduled for the late winter/early spring (Feb-April).


Shadowing Experiences

HSCHW shadowing experiencesStudents complete a
week-long shadowing
experience with community health organizations. Students gain first-hand exposure to community social determinants affecting health.

Students spend full days shadowing in a variety of settings including: a community clinic, a community garden, a mental health counseling center, community conservation corps locations, a food bank and a homeless shelter.


Family & Community Monitoring

HSCHW community monitoringEach trained student
visits 5 family/community members monthly. Using the equipment provided, students conduct monitoring, measuring, connecting, encouraging, problem solving and reporting activities. Students learn skills including: motivational interviewing, taking and understanding vital signs, data analytics and population health, data management skills, case management skills, and compliance.


For more information, contact: 
Christopher Ervin, MD
Program Manager
Innovation Learning Laboratory for Population Health
Morehouse School of Medicine







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