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Welcome to CHEC!

Community Health Workers (CHW's) play a key role in ensuring the health and well-being of Boston’s multicultural residents. The Community Health Education Center (CHEC) is a training and professional development center that strives to enhance the capacity of CHWs to provide outreach and health education in the diverse communities of Boston.

We invite you to the COEC Graduation on Wednesday June 29th at 3PM!

Throughout the pandemic, Community Health Workers have continued taking COEC trainings. It is now time to GRADUATE and watch as they our front line workers receive certificates of completion. Please join Team CHEC in celebrating CHWs from the Winter & Spring 2021 and 2022 training groups. 

Register to attend the event

Established in 1993 by the Boston Public Health Commission, CHEC has provided standardized training for CHWs and cultivated a network of more than 2,000 CHWs who work in various communities throughout Massachusetts. CHEC's core competency and supervisory trainings are recognized nationally and across Massachusetts as setting the standard for CHW professional development.

 In 1997, with a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, CHEC established a center in Lowell to serve the Northeast region of the state (from the Merrimack Valley to the North Shore), which now operates under the Lowell Community Health Center.

CHEC’s programs will:

  • Present methods to conduct outreach and health education at community sites with various cultural groups
  • Expand your health knowledge to provide information and referrals on a range of health topics more effectively
  • Connect you with other front-line health workers across the city

Our programs are jointly designed by community health workers and experts in various health fields. CHEC's advisory group, comprised of community health workers, fine-tunes all programs to ensure they meet your needs.

CHEC is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
There is a cost for all CHEC trainings.
Please call 617-534-5181 for more details or email us at

​Learn more about CHEC's fee description and Policies

Check out webinars for CHWs:
Opioid Epidemic Webinar 1
Opioid Epidemic Webinar 2

Meet the CHEC Staff:

Anissa Ray, Interim Director
Madeline Higgins, Program Manager
Toni Brooks, Interim Network Coordinator
Tia Washington, Fiscal Coordinator


To establish and anchor community outreach and health education work as a valued practice within public health by providing education, training programs, professional development opportunities and by supporting the creation and advancement of national and statewide standards. 

CHEC’s programs are guided by these core principles:

  • Validate the strategic role of community health workers - CHWs constitute a segment of the healthcare labor force that play a strategic role in building healthier communities and eliminating health disparities.  As members of the communities they serve, CHWs possess a first-hand understanding of the complexity and scope of the issues that impede health equity.
  • Build on CHW's knowledge and skills - CHEC draws on the diverse experiences of CHWs  to increase their knowledge of health topics, strengthen their  job-related skills, and promote culturally-appropriate methods of service delivery to families and individuals especially vulnerable and under-served populations.
  • Use methodology appropriate for adult learners – This adult learner approach gives CHWs much more than classroom theories and prepares them for the real-world situations, clients, and experiences they will encounter doing outreach in their communities.  This approach also reinforces that CHWs, as active visible role models, are leaders both in guiding community members toward positive, healthier lives and in continuing to improve their own level of skill and capacity for learning.
  • Engage CHWs in all aspects of our program – CHEC incorporates CHWs in the planning, implementation, and assessment phases of its training programs, professional development, and networking activities.  As community members, their input not only ensures that the program meets their needs and their community’s needs, but values and validates the cultural and ethnic experiences and contributions of participants.

Promote cohesiveness among CHWs as a community-based public health network- In addition to the shared experience of participating in CHEC’s education and training activities, CHEC’s networking forum nurtures the CHW’s development of an identity as a valuable member of a cohesive professional group with common aspirations and challenges.

Stay Connected - CHEC hosts a regular gathering of CHWs to share outreach strategies, network with other CHWs, and learn about services and resources for your clients. CHEC aims to be a place where you can be reenergized and get mutual support to continue the important and demanding work of reaching out to people in our communities while building your network and professional contacts.

We hope to see you at our upcoming networking forum on Monday April 25, 2022 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. to talk about an opportunity for your organization to get funding to support Community Health Workers. Please RSVP here.  Please send us an email if you need accommodations. 


The CHEC resource library​ is a place to find effective, easy-to-read, multicultural, multilingual health education materials to use with your clients.  Borrow DVDs, videos, posters, or educational models to use with your clients either one-on-one or in groups.  Get the latest health information on a range of topics.  The library is open to CHWs who want to use it and apply for a library card.  In addition, the library has a list of great websites with up-to-date health information.

We are conveniently located at 860 Harrison Ave. 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02118 (across from the Boston Medical Center campus).
Always give yourself plenty of time to get to CHEC, particularly if it’s your first time. S​ee 



Phone: 617-534-5181

Fax: 617-534-5485

Physical Address: 860 Harrison Ave. 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02118

Mailing Address: 860 Harrison Ave. Mailbox 349, Boston, MA 02118

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