Community Health Worker 

Certification Training

CHWs are found in all sorts of settings, working to address systemic inequities and reduce barriers to health care for our communities’ most vulnerable.

Learn How You Can Help Your Community Members


Using principles and practices of Popular Education you will share and learn about the roles of CHWs as well as a range of topics relevant to the work of CHWs. By the end, you will have a big-picture understanding of community and public health and the ways you can have a positive impact on individual, family, and community health and wellness.

The course consists of 20 online sessions. For every week of class, there will be approximately an hour of independent or group homework. Upon completion of this training, participants will qualify for certification as a Community Health Worker and 90 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) through the State of Oregon Office of Equity and Inclusion. NEON CHW CEUs are reciprocal to MHACBO credits.


What is a Community Health Worker?


Community Health Workers (CHW) are members of the communities they serve and work in team environments. They build trusting relationships with community members, local social service agencies and healthcare providers. The CHW workforce models and promotes health equity for communities.


Are there requirements for the Training?


  • Proficiency in English. The instructors speak Spanish and can support Spanish speakers to succeed, but full-time interpretation and translated materials are not available.
  • The ability to fully participate in all sessions (please notify us if you need accommodations).
  • Access to a laptop or PC with capacity to participate in audio and video conferencing.


What Topics are Covered?


  • Introduction to and the history of CHW's¬†
  • Popular Education
  • The Social Determinants of Health
  • Community Organizing
  • Public Health
  • Trauma Informed and Self Care
  • Cross Cultural Skills
  • Leadership and Advocacy
  • Communication Skills
  • Disease Processes
  • Oral Health
  • Addictions and Recovery
  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Basic Counseling Skills
  • Assessment of Individuals, Families, and Communities
  • Multi-Disciplinary Teams
  • Service Coordination and Collaboration
  • Access to Health Care
  • Outreach Skills
  • The of Role of Physical Activity and Nutrition in Health




Dates of training: coming soon

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • Mar.
  • Apr.
  • May.

Thursday and Friday Mornings from 8:45am to 1:00pm PST

Contact¬†Kinda Cable at [email protected]¬†to be added to the waitling list.

*A Camera and/or a microphone is required to attend this training.  


For more information about our future CHW Certification trainings please email Kinda at [email protected]


I am grateful for this training and for my future as a CHW. I feel part of the NEON family and feel I can always reach out to them for any support needed in the future.

-Kelly Davis

You two, and your team, are amazing. Thank you for putting this all together in a way that was fun and informative!

-Charmaine Martinez

You guys are truthfully appreciated for all the effort and time that has gone into your process of creating a well rounded, involved, and interactive environment.

-Lindsay Freeland

Meet the Trainers

Connie Sherrard, MSW, CHW 

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, CHW

the DEI and Training Program Coordinator at NEON. She has worked in higher education supporting students from marginalized communities 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.

Cami Miller, PSS, CHW

 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.

Frequently Asked Questions
NEON is a connector, innovator, and expert resource

Our mission at NEON is to create a healthier Eastern Oregon. We accomplish this by reducing barriers for both residents and the systems that support their health. We are connectors, innovators and experts. We connect people and organizations to one another and to resources they need to meet their goals. Since 2012 we have been training traditional health workers and other front-line staff in health behavioral health, social services and other settings in the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality service, maintain professional boundaries and practice self-care.

Our History

‚ÄčNEON is a 501(c)3 nonprofit health collaborative originally serving Union, Wallowa, and Baker counties in Northeast Oregon and recently expanded into Umatilla and Malheur counties.  NEON launched in 2004 from a small group of individuals who recognized the value of community collaboration in ensuring the health of our residents. 

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