Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW)



Course Description

Position yourself to be a certified health care provider who can make a distinct and tangible impact on pregnant, postpartum and parenting women, particularly among those most at risk in today’s health care arena. The Certified Maternal ChildCommunity Health Worker (CMCCHW)  is an ideal training for existing nursing assistants, medical assistants, doulas, childbirth or lactation educators, midwifery students, or home visitors with a passion for transforming our current maternity care system. 

This course stands out from others in that it continually addresses racism in health disparities and racism in health systems, as evidenced by health outcomes and statistics. Special emphasis will be placed on:

– Safety and quality in maternal health care and support

– Characteristics of health models and health systems

– Barriers to health care services  

– Health system navigation and collaboration

– Related community resources

Our training provides a combination of perinatal skills and competencies which allows for the health worker to be able to work independently in the field, or as part of an organization or agency. Graduates will be prepared to provide life-saving education and  support to childbearing women, as well as to play a significant role as part of the maternal health care professional team. As ‘perinatal practitioner extenders’ with a firm foundation in maternal child health (MCH), our CHW’s are trained to work in a variety of settings including private practices, birth centers, hospitals, clinics, community settings and homes, building and modeling strong collaborations to establish perinatal networks. They cover all aspects of the childbearing cycle – pregnancy, birth and postpartum, and girls and women’s health. They are able to teach across the life-course with culturally-congruent and evidence-based information, including demonstrating and modeling health practices and creating liaisons and trusting relationships with other health providers and agencies.

This certification may lead to employment in Maternal Child Health, or in being eligible to bill independently for services under the CPT and HCPCS coding system for perinatal healthcare services. The minimum 12-week course consists of either instructor-led assignments and live webinars, or independent learning via our online platform.. 

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be granted certification through Commonsense Childbirth Institute as a Community Health Worker (CCHW) and may also obtain a Community Health Worker certification from the state of Florida via Florida Certification Board. https://flcertificationboard.org/. Students in other states should check with their State certification and licensure boards about becoming certified. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe community health models and the roles, responsibilities and skills of a community health worker, and their role in improved community health.
  • Describe the development of the professional role of Community Health Workers, including as a doula, childbirth educator and lactation educator in the healthcare service delivery industry of the United States.
  • Identify the roles and types of documentation and evaluation used by community health outreach programs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of disparities in health care as defined by Healthy People 2020.
  • Describe in general terms health payment plans and public sector services.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of state and national laws when working with community members.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of barriers to primary and maternity health care.
  • Identify health promotion and disease prevention behavioral strategies as a part of primary and maternity health care.
  • Demonstrate general awareness of health care needs for individuals across the lifespan and related health care and social services
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship of culture and individuals’ health practices, beliefs, and use of health and social services.
  • Identify specific community resources related to identified client needs and the process to obtain the services.
  • Discuss basic effective communication techniques and barriers to effective communication.
  • Demonstrate effective ways in developing and presenting basic information.
  • Implement appropriate personal safety practices during community outreach activities.

Required Texts

  1. Where Women Have No Doctor – A. August Burns et al, Hersperian Health Guides Fifth updated printing: May 2014 ISBN: 978-0-942364-25-5 H
  2. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and The Newborn – P. Simkin, PT et al, Da Capo Press Fifth Edition: September 2018 ISBN: 978-0-7382-8497-2




Do I have to have any prerequisites to enroll in the Maternal Child Community Health Worker Course?

No, but we do require a high school diploma or GED.