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 Community Health Worker

Veronica Sek, MPH

Community Health Worker Info Sessions at Malcolm X College  

Individuals may register at this link:                      

The Community Health Worker (CHW) program focuses on universal competencies essential for primary and preventive healthcare. Students interested in working in health or social care will benefit from this coursework. Whether they choose to enter the workforce as a CHW or continue their education in other health professions. The curriculum will prepare them to serve as a liaison between the healthcare system and the community. Some roles students can apply to include Health Educator, Patient Navigator, Outreach Specialist, Promotor(a) de Salud, and Community Health Worker, among others. The CHW program covers the same knowledge and competencies required by university-level (bachelor's and master's degree) health educator programs.                     


The mission of the Malcolm X College Community Health Worker Program is to educate students to enter the field as knowledgeable and culturally competent CHWs. The program seeks to equip graduates with skills to provide compassionate and holistic advocacy to facilitate improved health care outcomes to members of the communities they serve.                              

Program Outcomes

  • Communicate with a diverse patient population using effective oral and written communication.
  • Understand the fundamentals of epidemiology.
  • Identify the role nutrition plays in health.
  • Understand common mental health issues.  

Program Eligibility

Students who have completed a college-level English course, test into English 96 or higher or receive approval from the Program Director.               

Step 1: Become a City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College Student             

If you are a previous (within 2 years) or current CCC MXC student, check to make sure your portal is active by logging in at If it isn't, please reapply. If you are a CCC student but at a different campus, please apply to Malcolm X.          

*Make sure to complete ALL application items including submitting any previous transcripts, proof of residency, etc. to not delay your ability to register.            

If you're new to MXC or taking online courses, please attend or re-watch MXC Student Orientation for Online Learning.            

Step 2: Attend an Info Session ​          

We want to make sure you know what the CHW program is about and what to expect.            

Step 3: Complete the Intent Form​           

This form is your intent to apply and register for the upcoming semester. This is your first step to securing your seat in the program.            

Step 4: Complete Read-to-Write Exam​           

You must place into English 96 or higher. If you've already completed a college-level English course, you should be eligible to skip this step. Double check with an Advisor to make sure your transcripts reflect your eligibility.            

Please note that the R2W exam can take up to 2 weeks receive results. Complete ASAP.            

Step 5: Complete your FAFSA​           

If you are interested in the Opioid Crisis Response Focus, you must complete the FAFSA even if you are ineligible to get funding. You may review your other financial aid options with a FA Advisor.            

Step 6: Submit Statement of Interest​ (Opioid Crisis Response Focus ONLY)            

Your statement should be around 250 words and explain WHY you are genuinely interested in this focus and HOW you plan to utilize your certificate upon  completion.Students will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis until all seats are filled. 

Step 7: Attend Course Assignment & Registration Zoom            

During this meeting you will be assigned to sections and be able to register for your coursework. It is best to attend via computer so you can screen share while registering.            

Attend via Zoom Thursdays 1pm to 2pm starting in June, July, and August.                

Meeting ID: 895 7289 8042             

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Step 8: Complete Program Documents            

These include:             

Field Experience Placement Preference Survey​      

CHW Program Preparation Checklist ​         

CHW Core Skills & Competencies Self-Assessment          

Step 9: Purchase Your Textbooks           

You will want to get this done at least a few weeks before classes start so there is enough time for them to ship to you!  (Opioid Crisis Response Focus students please wait for your book voucher before purchasing.)            

Step 10: Attend Orientation Days            

You will receive an introduction to the program and prepare for a successful semester! It is mandatory to attend. They will be held at Malcolm X College.            

Monday, August 15th - 9am to 5pm             

Tuesday, August 16th - 9am to 5pm             

Wednesday, August 17th - 9am to 5pm                        

To Learn More About the Program and Admissions

Complete the Interest Form​ or email Veronica Sek at​ for more information.                           

Program Curriculum and Course Description

Public Health and the Study of Disease and Epidemics:                                        

This course is designed to introduce the basic principles surrounding the distribution of disease and epidemics in human populations. Through the use of lectures and field exercises, students will learn the fundamentals of epidemiology, and the basic science of public health. From historical perspectives to current day context, how disease differentially impacts populations will be the focus. Topics covered include surveillance of disease, the distribution of health outcomes (with particular emphasis on health inequities), outbreak investigation, the impact of the media on health outcomes, measurement of health outcomes, study design, and the impact of epidemiologic students on policy development and implementation. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.                                        

Introduction to Community Health Work:                                      

This course provides an overview of the health care system and community health work. Students will gain an understanding of the role of the community health workers, the scope of their function and the types of services they may provide, and how they interact with other health personnel and resources. It includes principles of effective verbal and non-verbal communication to assist students in encouraging positive interaction. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.                                         

Nutrition, Exercise, and Disease:                                        

This course will provide students with the information necessary to promote healthy eating styles and proper food preparation for all age groups. This course gives students information about identifying the relationship of diet to disease. Attention is given to the treatment of disease by diet modification. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.                                        

Mental Health Issues:                                        

This course will provide an overview of mental issues and concerns of community and families. This course also covers the more prevalent diseases such as depression, domestic violence, developmental delays, alcoholism, etc. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.                                        

Field Experience:                                        

This course is an introduction to clinical experience in community health that includes field experience and basic skills for working effectively in communities in order to serve as a liaison between health care and social service providers and the communities they serve. It includes providing patient advocacy, utilizing professional communication skills, and incorporating approaches for working effectively with community health agencies such as public health departments, schools, correctional health, and other appropriate agencies. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. ​ ​​​                            

Additional Info:                           

The Community Health Worker Program also expands into an Advanced Certificate (AC) and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS). They are currently inactive. Malcolm X College monitors workforce trends and works in partnership with employers to prepare students to be competitive in the field.               ​ ​​  ​   ​​​​             



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Faculty & Staff

Name Email Role
Dir Veronica Sek Director​
Aisha Achesah Instructor
Dr. Lisa Aponte-Soto​ Instructor 
Dr. Kenneth Campbell Instructor
​Cindy San Miguel        Instructor
​Jessica Cruz ​ ​Instructor
​Zakia Gaston ​ ​Instructor​
​Moise-Denis Jean ​  ​Instructor 
​Naomi Louie ​ ​Instructor
​Aminah McBryde-Redzovic ​ ​Instructor
​Richard Peyton ​ ​Instructor
​Dr. Katherine Rieke ​ ​Instructor
​​Jose Torres Instructor
​Dr. Gloria West ​​ Instructor/​Tutor


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