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CHEC offers formal training on a broad set of core competencies CHWs' need to provide effective community outreach and health education in community-based settings.  The training prepares CHWs to serve in a variety of functions including culturally appropriate health education and outreach, navigating the health and human service systems, assuring access to services, advocating for individual and community needs, and building individual and community capacity.

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


CHEC is excited to bring back Community Health Workers to a virtual learning space in 2022. Fill out our registration form to sign up for the upcoming Comprehensive Outreach Education Certificate trainings.

An 80 hour training program that introduces a public health framework to Community Health Workers to better understand health problems from a public health perspective.  These trainings encourages CHWs to become proficient on a variety of health issues affecting the diverse communities that they serve.

*Please note: CHEC charges a fee for trainings.  For more information please click here​

To obtain the certificate, you must complete the following sessions:

Please click the blue highlighted title to obtain all registration forms
(when available). If no blue titles are available below, all classes are filled.


Three-to-six-hour sessions focusing on core outreach skills, competencies and strategies needed for effective​​ community outreach and health education practice. 

Introduction to COEC/ Community Capacity Building​

  • Outreach Methods and Strategies I & II
  • Effective Communication
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Professional Skills and Conduct
  • Client Advocacy​​
  • Community Organizing
  • Documentation (Day I)
  • Documentation (Day 2)
  • Client & Community Assessment
  • Public Health Concepts and Approaches
  • Behavioral Change
You must also take a minimum of 16 hours of Health Modules (example: 2 full-day modules and 2 half day modules) from the following list:


Three-to-five-hour sessions are offered on a variety of health issues affecting communities across the state.  Mainly focusing on public health facts and local referral resources so that you can provide health information and referrals on a broad range of issues to the community that you serve (new modules will be added

  • Adolescent ​Health
  • Asthma​
  • Breast Cancer
  • Childhood Health
  • Chronic Disease
  • CPR​
  • Diabetes Prevention 
  • Domestic Violence
  • Elder Health ​
  • Family Planning / Contraceptive Methods
  • Healthy Eating
  • Hepatitis
  • Human Sexuality
  • LGBT Health Issues
  • Mental Health
  • Parenting Skills
  • Promoting Community Preparedness
  • Prostate Health
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Substance Abuse
  • Women and HIV
Note: Community Health Workers may enroll in health modules without enrolling in the Certificate Program

*Local colleges awarding three college credits upon completion of Certificate: Bunker Hill Community College, MassBay Community College, Cambridge College, Lesley College, Springfield College.

Check out our "T​​rainings at a Glance​" for the year HE​RE​​

CHEC Summer Institute                                                                                                                 
The Summer Institute is a one week session that introduces Community Health Workers to a way of understanding health problems from a public health perspective. The training aims to improve Community Health Worker’s skills in areas crucial to achieving positive outcomes in their community. 

Advanced COEC is an intensive 12-session training program for community health workers to upgrade their skills to advance professionally.  The training builds on CHWs’ skills and knowledge for supporting and working with clients as well as communicating effectively with other workers and agency professionals regarding client and community needs and concerns. 

Participants will strengthen their communication skills in making effective presentations and writing clear reports on clients, outreach, and health education activities and related projects. (52 hours)

Prerequisite: Completion of COEC Program (Level 1).

Training sessions include:

  • Advanced Leadership Development
  • Setting Limits/Knowing Boundaries
  • Developing Non-Judgmental Skills
  • Presentation Tips and Techniques 
  • Professional Writing Skills 

Advanced health modules are one-day sessions that give Outreach Educators in-depth information and practice on selected topics.  Prerequisite: Basic health module on the selected topic.​
  • Advanced Domestic Violence
  • Advanced Substance Abuse
  • Advanced HIV/AIDS

This three-part workshop series assists community-based organizations and groups plan, evaluate, and write grant proposals for community health education programs.

Program Planning:
Helps assess health education needs in your community, establish priorities and acquire skills for developing relevant behavioral change objectives and educational interventions related to the populations you serve.

Preparing Evaluation Plans:
Introduces a range of evaluation techniques and gives guidelines on how best to use evaluators for your programs.

Grant Writing:
Gives an overview of the elements of a grant proposal and helps match your program ideas with a funding source.

These workshops assist outreach educators in continuing to improve their own level of skill and ability for professional growth and development.

Supervisory Skills:​
A two-day workshop that addresses issues specific to the supervision of outreach education programs.  

Advanced Supervisory Forum:
An one-day workshop that gives supervisors of Outreach Educators  practice in addressing performance, evaluation and retention issues.    Prerequisite:  Supervisory Skills (Level 1)

Stress Management:
A one-day workshop that helps participants identify stressors and practice healthy coping mechanisms to overcome them.

Workshops to further build skills necessary to resolve issues that outreach educators work with every day.  

  •   Conflict Resolution
  •   Basic Counseling Skills
  •   Harm Reduction​ 
  •   Motivation​​al Interviewing​​​​
  •   Trauma- Informed- Approach

Current re​​​gis​tration form​​s: 

3.4.20 Motivational Interviewing.pdf


Addictions Seminar:
A four-session seminar focused on understanding the types and process of addiction and its impact on the mind, body, and spirit; assessing the stages of addiction; education/prevention strategies; treatment alternatives; stages of recovery; and relapse prevention.

Violence Prevention Seminar:​
A three-session seminar which addresses the impact of violence on women, children, and youth by identifying patterns of behavior, violence-prevention strategies, and referral information.


Train the Trainer:​
This three-session workshop series helps participants to strengthen new training and facilitation skills based on an adult learner education model. You will learn creative, successful methods for conducting training workshops from icebreakers to managing group dynamics.   

3.2020 Train the Trainer Workshop.pdf

Presentation​ Tips & Techniques​​​
This three-session workshop is designed for community health workers who conduct presentations in the community and want to improve their presentation skills.  You will have a chance to prepare​ a presentation, practice in front of peers, be videotaped and receive supportive feedback from your peers and trainer.    ​​

Developing Health Education Materials:
This two-session, hands-on workshop series provides guidance in message development, design, and field testing in the production of easy-to-read, culturally appropriate health education materials.

Curriculum Design:
This two-part workshop series introduces participants to a participatory method for developing a health education curriculum using learners’ experiences to guide the content of the curriculum.

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