Level Up Community Health Worker I Certification
High School Program
Level Up is a no-cost Community Health Worker (CHW) program designed specifically for high school students, proudly presented by High Sierra AHEC
About our CHW Program
Level Up is a Community Health Worker Certification program for high school students ages 16 and older. Students will receive a comprehensive and engaging curriculum that reflects on the importance and versatility of Community Health Workers. At the end of this course, students will be able to receive their CHW I Certifications and are eligible to work as board-certified CHWs in the state of Nevada.
This program is a Nevada Certification Board-approved training that covers the state of Nevada’s core competencies. Our program consists of 8 modules and continuing education courses covering a wide range of topics including:
Job preparedness training
Social determinants of health
Organizational and communication skills
Health promotion and disease prevention
Skill enhancement and mentorship opportunities
The training program is offered in asynchronous, in-person, and hybrid formats, and engages students in a variety of interactive and immersive activities. Activities that our CHW certification provides include, creating informative infographic posters, analyzing character situations, researching community resources, problem-solving using OARS and motivational interviewing techniques, and simulating interactions with a client. Additionally, students practice establishing and maintaining boundaries, and how to implement them in the workplace. These activities are designed to instill confidence and readiness in students as they become CHWs.
What are Community Health Workers?
CHWs are frontline public health workers who serve as liaisons between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. CHWs take on various roles and responsibilities to empower the clients they work with to successfully navigate their health and wellness needs.
Benefits of a Community Health Worker Certification
A CHW I Certification is a competitive certification recognized by employers statewide. It is a great resource to have on your resume and allows for opportunities of employment in the healthcare field. CHWs can be employed at hospitals, clinics, offices, health and community-based non-profits, and more!
High Sierra AHEC is partnered with a variety of community partners and organizations who are interested in providing potential employment opportunities to our program graduates.
Who is eligible?
Students who are ages 16 and older at the time of application, attend an eligible rural, title I, or underserved high school in Nevada, and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.