Community Health Workers Complete Training and Are Ready to Connect People to St. Louis-Area Health Resources

By on May 1, 2018
Community Health Worker Graduates

On April 20, 2018, ten students successfully completed the Community Health Worker training program. A graduation ceremony was held in their honor at the St. Louis Community College – William J. Harrison Education Center with several supporting community agencies there to cheer them on. Program coordinator, Laurie Hawkins and course facilitator, Sandra Ginger are very proud of these graduates and know they will identify and implement initiatives that will impact the health status of the St. Louis community.

Surilla J. Shaw, School Nurse Coordinator for St. Louis Public Schools, was the guest speaker at the graduation. She offered an inspirational message and thanked them for their interest in the program. She urged them to go out into the community to connect people to the resources that will help them improve their health behaviors.

“Take the knowledge you have gained, the resource binder you have developed, the advice of your leaders, educators and peers, and forge ahead. In St. Louis, the poverty level is high, the waiting rooms are full, the lines are long, and the despair about finding the worth in even trying to trust and navigate the health care system abounds. As a community health worker, you are the key to bringing the world closer to the people!”

The Community Health Worker program provides individuals with the opportunity to learn to conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs that promote, maintain and improve individual/community health. This non-credit training program combines classroom instruction with service learning in the community. The program is a 10-week program that combines 108 classroom hours with 60 service learning hours. Students must be available during daytime hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the classroom instruction and at other times as needed to complete service learning hours. The classroom instruction is held at the William J. Harrison Education Center.

Enrollment is open now for the next training cohort that starts July 23, 2018. Individuals interested in this program can visit the St. Louis Community College website at and complete their online application.

For more information contact Kevin Talbot at 314-539-5722.

April 2018 Community Health Worker Graduates

April 2018 Community Health Worker Graduates

About Kevin Talbot

Kevin Talbot is a Project Manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College.

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