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Discover your passion for healthcare as a Cincinnati Community Health Worker.

  • Obtain an in-demand, non-clinical career in healthcare.
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds can cover your class tuition.
  • Average salary is $41,083 a year.

Cincinnati, OH – Are you looking for more than just a job? What about a CAREER in one of the fastest growing industries in the region? What about a non-clinical career that allows you to help consumers served at some of the regional health systems, health plans and social service agencies to improve their health and quality of life?

What about a career as a community health worker?  In 10 short weeks of classroom/online training and a community-based practicum, you can have a new profession, providing essential health information and linking clients to valuable community resources to improve their health and wellbeing.

A Career as A Community Health Worker

Community Health WorkerAccording to Glassdoor, the average base salary for Cincinnati community health workers is $41,083 annually. Depending on experience and years in the industry, the wages can rise to more than $50,000 annually.

Although the responsibilities vary by company, here are a few examples of the tasks completed by community health workers:

1)   Act as a liaison between the health care provider and their patients
2)   Assist consumers in finding a regular doctor and navigating the health care system
3)   Educate and direct patients to community-based medical and behavioral health services
4)   Support patients in finding basic resources so that they can focus on their health care needs and managing chronic disease conditions
5)   Working with pregnant women to provide support and assistance after delivery
6)   Provide one-on-one coaching and support for consumers who have low literacy

Community health workers must be certified by the Ohio Board of Nursing. Fortunately for you, Health Care Access Now offers a 10-week Community Health Care Worker Training Program that is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. Health Care Access Now is a leader in developing community health workers in Cincinnati who excel in coordinating the care of those most at-risk for poor health.


Training and Certification
The Health Care Access Now Community Health Worker  Training Program includes 100 hours of classroom training that addresses the core competencies in health, knowledge of social service resources, communication skills, advocacy, CPR certification, lifespan development and basic community health worker skills. The in-class portion of the program will be held in three five-day sessions at HCAN’s offices in Walnut Hills from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Full attendance is required for all in-class coursework.

Students must also complete 130 hours of a community-based practicum as required by the Ohio Board of Nursing for state certification. Health Care Access Now assists students to identify and complete the required community-based practicum with local hospitals, health care providers and nonprofit organizations.

Upon completion of the classroom training and community-based practicum, students are qualified to apply to the Ohio Board of Nursing for a certificate to practice as a Certified Community Health Worker.

Program Requirements, Tuition and Financial Assistance
Requirements for the Health Care Access Now Community Health Care Worker Certification Program are as follows:

1)  Resident of Ohio
2)  Copy of a high school diploma or GED documentation
3)  Copy of the applicant’s government-issued photo identification to verify 18 years of age
4)  75 percent competency level in each skill evaluation
5) Acceptable BCI (civilian) and FBI (federal) criminal records check before participating in the community-based practicum – Not included in the cost of tuition.

Full program tuition is $2,850. That covers textbooks and access to the community health worker resource website. If you are currently employed in the health care industry, please check with your employer to see if there is any assistance with some or all the cost of tuition.

Those who do not receive tuition assistance from their employer may be eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds through the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services to cover the cost of the training and certification programs.

Ohioans who meet these criteria may qualify for the WIOA funds:

  • Adults over the age of 18, who are eligible to work in the United States of America and, if applicable, registered for Selective Service.
  • Dislocated Workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own.
  • Youth aged 14-24 with special conditions including low-income, pregnant or a parent.

Learn more about the WIOA funds. Residents of Hamilton County may contact the local Ohio Means Jobs office at 513-946-7200. Residents of Ohio can search for the offices in their counties.

Community Health WorkerTo learn more about the Health Care Access Now Community Health Worker Training Program or to register, please contact Ella Thomas at 513-245-4348 or Ella will also be able to provide documents required by employer payment and reimbursement programs.


About Health Care Access Now
The vision of Health Care Access Now (HCAN) is to build partnerships across systems of care to improve access to care and improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations in SW Ohio.

HCAN was started by community leaders in 2009 to improve the overall health status of Greater Cincinnati’s most vulnerable residents – those who are likely to have poor health outcomes because they do not have consistent medical care; access to behavioral health care and specialty care; lack support in successfully managing chronic diseases.

HCAN’s mission is to serve consumers through community outreach and work with physicians and other providers in resolving barriers to care.

Health Care Access Now
2602 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45206


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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


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