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Community Health Worker Continuing Education Course: Poverty and Related Social Determinants of Health

More and more studies are focusing on the relationship between key demographics and quality of health. Areas such as race, ethnicity, income, education and experience with trauma are statistically shown to have an impact on access to and effective utilization of healthcare.

That’s why, as a Community Health Worker (CHW), it’s important to focus on these elements as a way of improving community health in the areas that need it most.

DISCOUNTED RATE of $175 for individuals living in the following counties: Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wheeler. Enter county of residence during checkout to receive discount.

Poverty and Related Social Determinants of Health

Our expert-led online course is designed for current Community Health Workers and will help you in your critical work with low-income populations. In this course, you will investigate the multiple links between poverty, race, ethnicity and trauma with healthcare.

You will also look at evidence-based approaches that you can implement as a CHW to improve health equity for disadvantaged and low-income populations.

Time Commitment: Plan for 3-8 hours of work per week

Real-World Examples

By investigating real-world examples and case studies, you will gain actionable skills that you can immediately employ in your work. Since this course is led by our expert instructor, you can be sure that you navigate these materials in a thoughtful way to have a real impact.

Oregon State University's Community Health Worker program is proud to be an approved provider of continuing education for the Oregon Health Authority to train traditional health workers.

Click here to see more Community Health Worker trainings at Oregon State University.

After This Course You Will Be Able To

  • Explain the relationship between social class and health.
  • Identify the multiple ways social class, race and/or ethnicity combine to amplify health disparities for families of color.
  • Discuss how trauma-informed care can enhance the Community Health Worker's ability to empower individuals and families who have experienced trauma.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how research informs and supports public health practices that increase health equity.
  • Discuss how social programs affect the health and well-being of low-income families.
April 29 - May 26, 2024
Four weeks | Asynchronous
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Additional Information:
15 CEUs | 15 Hours

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Ann Custer, MPH, OTR, CHES

Ann supports OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences in building capacity of the current and future public health and human sciences workforce to meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities. Her work focuses on managing a portfolio of professional development offerings related to public health and human sciences. It involves collaboration with a variety of internal and external partners, including faculty, industry, and governmental agencies.

Lori McGraw

Lori McGraw, PhD, is a senior instructor with Oregon State University’s School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences for the Program of Human Development and Family sciences. Her research interests include understanding family care, particularly for families in later life. As a qualitative researcher, she focuses on how sociocultural ideas and practices surrounding care shape caregivers identities and relationships, and how caregivers creatively use sociocultural ideas to construct purposeful lives. Recent research includes caregiving ties between adult siblings, mother-daughter, mother-child with autism and grandmother-grandchild.

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