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    The use of CHWs in Maryland is rapidly increasing. CHWs trained at MAHEC work across the state of Maryland in hospitals, health departments and within their own AHEC centers.

Community Health Worker Training Institute

The Maryland Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) Program is a Community Health Worker (CHW) Technical Assistance, Support, and Education Institute in the State of Maryland.

All three regionals AHECs have trained CHWs working across the state in hospitals, health departments, community-based agencies, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and within their own AHEC centers.

Core Competencies of CHW Training

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The Core Competencies include the 9 proposed by the State’s CHW Advisory Committee (in bold below):

  1. Effective oral and written communication skills;
  2. Cultural competency;
  3. Knowledge of local resources and system navigation;
  4. Advocacy and community capacity building skills;
  5. Care coordination skills;
  6. Teaching skills to promote healthy behavior change;
  7. Outreach methods and strategies;
  8. Ability to bridge needs and identify resources;
  9. Understanding of public health concepts and health literacy;
  10. Understanding of ethics and confidentiality issues;
  11. Ability to use and understand health information technology

The Maryland AHEC CHW curriculum encompasses a minimum of 120 hours of classroom training and 40 hours of a community-based field practicum. The MAHEC curriculum includes skills based on the recommendations of the CHWs Core Competencies (listed above).

AHEC West Trainers

AHEC West trains individuals from Garrett Regional Medical Center in Oakland, MD.

‌‌Why Choose Us?

  • Our curriculum is aligned with the 9 core competencies recommended by the State’s CHW Advisory Committee Meeting.
  • Since 2013, our centers have trained over 300 CHWs who are employed in health departments, hospitals, community-based agencies, AHECs, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and many others. ‌
  • Our talented instructors represent an array of experiences in education, healthcare, and human services.
  • The MAHEC Program Institute offers competitive pricing for groups and individuals. 

Community Health Workers trained by the ESAHEC

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule a CHW Training in your region, please contact the following:

Central Maryland

Melissa Miller
Training Coordinator
Central Maryland AHEC
827 Linden Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-387-9994 

Eastern Shore Region

Randy Holliday, MBA
GAIT Coordinator/CHW Lead Trainer
Eastern Shore AHEC
814 Chesapeake Drive
Cambridge Maryland 21613
Phone: 410-221-2600, ext. 112 

Western Maryland

Catie Wampole, MPA
Network Director, Mountain Health Alliance
39 Baltimore St., Suite 201
Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: 301-777-9150, ext. 148