Foundations for Community Health Workers, 2nd Edition

is a practical and comprehensive guide for teaching your students how to effectively serve their community. The second edition features over 80 videos with CHWs and faculty working with clients and providing insight into skills and competencies needed for successful CHWs.

This updated second edition also features:

  • An overview of community health work, including the role and history of CHWs, public health, health equality, and health care policy in the US.
  • Core competencies for providing direct services, including cultural humility, scope of practice, ethics, client-centered counseling, care management, and home visiting.
  • Professional skills such as effective communication, conflict resolution, stress management, and interviewing for jobs.
  • New chapters on key health issues such as chronic conditions management, promoting health eating and active living, understanding trauma, and promoting the health of formerly incarcerated people.
  • Group and community work, including health outreach, conducting  trainings, groups facilitation, and community diagnosis and organizing,

New! Training Guide to Foundations for Community Health Workers, 2nd Edition

was developed to accompany the second edition of Foundations, and is available for free. The lesson plans are based on classroom activities used by City College of San Francisco (CCSF) faculty and feature a variety of teaching and learning approaches and activities.

This new Training Guide features:

  • Detailed, step-by-step instructions for training activities
  • Case studies and role plays
  • Video demonstrations of core competencies by working CHWs
  • Assessments
  • CCSF approach to strength-based teaching and learning
  • Links to even more instructor resources

The publication described was supported by Grant Number 1CMS331071-01-00 and 1C1CMS331300-01-00 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Disclaimer: The contents of this publication are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services or any of its agencies.

Sample Activities from the Training Guide

Sample Videos

Providing Constructive Feedback: Faculty Interview
The importance of providing CHWs with constructive feedback for learning.

  • Safer Sex & Using a Motivation Scale: Role Play, Demo
    A CHW uses motivational interviewing and a motivation scale to support a client with behavior change.

  • Action Planning, Revising an Action Plan: Role Play, Counter
    A CHW has difficulty addressing a client’s challenges in implementing her Action Plan.

  • Action Planning, Revising an Action Plan: Role Play, Demo
    A CHW supports a client to revise her Action Plan.