The Community Health Worker Training Program is an Opportunity4Jersey grant based at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development through a partnership with the New Jersey Health Care Talent Network.  The program will help provide leadership to enhance the development, and implementation of a standardized statewide training, and certificate of completion for Community Health Workers.  The goal of the program is to train unemployed New Jersey residents, who are interested in health and community outreach, to become Community Health Workers. Trained CHWs will help advocate for the health needs of individuals and sometimes, for the entire community.

The CHW training focuses on health education, health promotion, as well as specific skills for work in underserved, low income and/or non-English speaking communities. Eligible candidates receive the necessary knowledge, skills, tools, and support to be successful; as well as become productive members of the workforce community. The training providers are committed to increasing workforce diversity in public health, and primary care in order to better serve communities in New Jersey to improve health outcomes.