Minnesota CHWs typically have a high school diploma or GED, though some have completed college courses or a four year degree.
Over 500 Minnesota CHWs have earned a certificate of completion through the statewide standardized, competency-based CHW curriculum currently offered at seven different schools. While the certificate is not currently required for CHW employment in the state, it is increasingly recognized by employers as evidence of foundational training for the role, and is required for billing for CHW services covered under Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP).
CHW employers consider a range of factors in their hiring decisions including educational background, prior employment, life experience, and personal attributes such as those outlined by the National Community Health Advisor Study and the CHW Network of NYC.
- Community Health Workers in the Midwest: Understanding and developing the workforce. Findings from a study of Community Health Workers’ role, professional development, and cancer information needs conducted for the American Cancer Society. Wilder Research, June 2012