Community Health Worker Program Receives Praises

By on October 30, 2018
CHW Graduate June Green

STLCC’s newest graduating class of Community Health Workers received their completion awards October 8, marking their expanded professional preparation to impact lives. As trusted members of the community they serve, community health workers assist individuals and communities in their adoption of healthy behaviors. They may conduct outreach for community or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health.

Graduate June Green shared her thanks with STLCC Career Pathway Coach Laurie Hawkins:

Today rated as one of the best days in my life. It was bittersweet. I complained, made excuses, was scared, but the truth is I loved every moment. I was there at 8:00 a.m. every class, I looked forward to greeting everyone, even the guard and the people at the front desk. It was all good. I got treated like a queen at IHN, I so needed the respect. I found my voice and learned the importance of organizing and joining groups, etc. Still working on stepping out of my comfort zone but I’m working on it.

You should feel proud that you helped me discover my passion, an old lady. You are good! There was a lot of material, but once you started really reading it, you just wanted to keep at it. The curriculum was good. The guest lecturers were all interesting, knowledgeable and well versed in public health issues. I learned the meaning of working in this field, how you have to be involved outside of work. This is a good program, excellent job preparation but the true beauty of it is learning communication and about your own beliefs, values and biases.

– June Green, October 2018 Community Health Worker graduate

“We’re inspired by our students every day,” says Kevin Talbot, project manager for accelerated healthcare programs at STLCC Workforce Solutions Group. “Developing the whole individual by helping grow confidence is an exciting and important ingredient for successful career progression.”

The next cohorts for STLCC’s accelerated Health Care Worker program begin in January and April 2019. All learning costs are entirely grant funded. Interested individuals can apply at stlcc.edu/CHW.

About Lysa Young-Bates

Lysa Young-Bates is Marketing Communications Manager of St. Louis Community College’s Workforce Solutions Group, which delivers non-credit continuing education opportunities, corporate training and community services to the St. Louis region.

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