Explore our training programs:
Wellness at Work Training Program
NEON's Wellness at Work project supports the health care workforce throughout Oregon by providing training to frontline staff working with rural or culturally underserved populations. We also offer training for supervisors and administrators who support this workforce.
*Scholarships and iPads widely available for this program.
Click below for information on these trainings:
Taking Care of Yourself: Exploring strategies for personal and workplace wellness
Workforce Wellness for Organizations
Mindfulness in Motion
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Rural Oregon Opioid Trainings
NEON's Removing Community Risks for Opioid Misuse in Eastern Oregon training project works with the direct service workforce from multiple fields. In these sessions, workers build their knowledge and skills to work with people who struggle with opioid misuse.
Topics covered: Opioid awareness for THWs, signs and symptoms of opioid misuse and addiction, brain basics, compassion fatigue and addiction, family impacts and health risks of opioid addiction, motivational interviewing, and MAT
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Community Health Worker (CHW) Certification Course
CHWs are found in all sorts of settings, working to address systemic inequities and reduce barriers to health care for our communities' most vulnerable.
In this course, participants share and learn about the roles of CHWs and a range of topics relevant to their work. By the end, they have a big-picture understanding of community and public health and the ways they can have a positive impact.
Click below for more info on this 90-hour certification course:
Tobacco Cessation Skills for CHWs Training
Tobacco cessation is a complex process that requires not only a personal commitment, but also access to cessation resources, and the availability of a social support system.
This training series provides an overview of the nature, extent and impact of tobacco use on health. It also offers a detailed exploration of counseling and support strategies that Community Health Workers and other front line staff can implement with those patients interested in tobacco cessation or quitting.
Click below for more info on this training:
Tobacco Cessation Skills for CHWs
About our trainings:
Most trainings are held via Zoom but in-person accommodations can be made upon request.
- All trainings are in real time and use popular education methods.
Targeted audiences include the broader state of Oregon with a focus on those working with rural and culturally underserved populations.
Collectively the trainers have over 40 years of experience in training, curriculum development, and human services.
Meet our training team:
Lisa Ladendorff, LCSW, CHW
Lisa is the Development and Training Program Director. She has trained, mentored, and supervised public health, community mental health, and non-profit leadership staff throughout Oregon. She has experience in community health assessment, health systems planning, and grant writing and management.
Connie Sherrard, MSW, CHW
Connie is the Training Manager at NEON. She has spent her career working in human services, mostly devoted to families and children. She is passionate about helping people become better advocates for equity and access for all.
Edna Murrieta, MS. Ed, CHW
Edna is the DEI and Training Coordinator at NEON. She has worked in higher education supporting students from marginalized communities to achieve success in higher education. She is a valuable asset and advocate in NEON’s efforts to address diversity, equity, and inclusion, both internally and in the services we provide.
Kinda Cable, B.S. CHW
Kinda is NEON’s Training Program Project Manager, a position that coordinates activities for the training program, assists in registration and scholarships, data collection, and provides participant support. Kinda is a lifelong rural who studied at Westwood College online where she earned her BS in Visual Communications.
Cami Miller, CHW
Cami Miller is the Training Coordinator at NEON. She was trained by NEON as a CHW in 2017, and contracted with them with various projects over the years. She also worked as a certified recovery mentor with substance use, as a mental health peer support person and as a CHW in houselessness. She recently joined NEON as trainer and is excited to be back where her ardor for traditional health work began.
What's Happening with the NEON Training Team!
This March the NEON Training Team traveled to Boston, Massachusetts's to attend the Work Change Collaborative Conference. The conference hosted 23 organizations from all across the country who received the Workforce Wellness project supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The NEON team enjoyed conversing with other organizations about their project offerings and direction, made new connections, brainstormed ideas to better our program, and had a wonderful time wandering around Boston seeing new sites.
It was a fantastic learning experience and we look forward to the next Conference.
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"Really appreciate how well you integrate chat and breakout with the teaching portions". - Opioid Addiction Training Participant
"The content was great and very useful. It was delivered in a manner that was easy to understand." - Compassion Fatigue Training Participant