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 Community Health Worker

Veronica Sek, MPH

Community Health Worker Open House at Malcolm X College  

Session One: April 21, 2021 (5:00 pm)   
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 are eligible for English 101 or receive approval from the Program Director.         

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
Dr. Kenneth Campbell Instructor
Dr. Amparo Castillo Instructor
Instructor Jessica Cruz Instructor & Fieldwork Coordinator
Dr. Katherine Rieke Instructor
Veronica Sek Director
Instructor Jose Torres Instructor

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