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 Community Health Worker (CCHW) is an ideal training for existing nursing assistants, medical assistants, doulas, childbirth or lactation educators, or home visitors with a passion for transforming our current maternity care system. 

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 CCHW’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 8-week course consists of independent learning via our online platform and live webinars. 

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, student will be granted certification through Commonsense Childbirth Institute as a Certified 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/

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.

For more details please see our course syllabus.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Professional Responsibility

  • Apply Public Health Concepts and Approaches
  • Community Capacity Building

Unit 2: Advocacy

  • Outreach Methods and Strategies
  • Support, Advocate and Coordinate Care for Clients

Unit 3: Communication and Education

  • Effective Communication
  • Culturally Based Communication and Care
  • Writing and Technical Communication Skills

Unit 4: Resources

  • Client and Community Assessment

Unit 5: Foundations of Health

  • Health Education for Behavior Change

Unit 6: Field  Work

Project: VBAC for Educators – A Teaching Guide

Certification Requirements

  • Participants who attend a CCI CCHW Training Program session, complete all class assignments and pass the written test from Commonsense Childbirth Institute will be granted certification through CCI.

Learning Materials and Resources

Required Text

  • 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


  • High school diploma, GED or certificate from an institute of higher education


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.