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Community Health Worker Course - Supporting Families: Navigating Care and Services for Children with Special Health Needs

One in five Oregon children and youth experience physical, developmental, social-emotional, or behavioral health conditions.

These children and their parents often rely on an array of local services and resources that include medical and dental care, school, childcare, social opportunities, and behavioral services.

About This Course

This unique course provides the fundamentals of partnering with Oregon families so they can get what they need for their children’s health and development.

This self-paced online course is designed for Community Health Workers and also benefits:

  • Pediatric care coordinators
  • Home visitors
  • Case managers
  • Family navigators
  • Youth and family support specialists
  • School Nurses
  • Family Resource Specialists
  • Early Interventionists 
  • Social Workers

 A downloadable resource guide is included in the course. 

What You'll Learn

By taking this course, you will cover:
  • An overview of pediatric special health care needs and disabilities.
  • An overview of major service systems for Oregon children and youth including mental and behavioral health, primary care, education and other community based services.
  • How to build families' knowledge, skills and confidence.
  • Family-centered care.
  • The role of the Community Health Worker.
  • Culturally and linguistically appropriate care.
  • Care coordination.
  • Interactive activities and case scenarios.
  • How to connect children and families to resources that address the social determinants of health.

Upon completion of this course, you will have the necessary skills and expertise to confidently and successfully help families in your community.

A Program Created in Partnership

This course was created by the Oregon Center for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs (OCCYSHN) and Oregon State University Public Health and Human Services department in cooperation with Professional and Continuing Education.

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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. This online course is designed to provide a continuing education and professional development opportunity for Community Health Workers (CHWs) who have completed entry-level CHW training.

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Additional Information: Continuing Education Credits: 12 Hours


Oralia Mendez

Oralia Mendez, MPH  Manager, Workforce Development & Community Programs, Oregon State University

Oralia joined the Oregon State University Center for Health Innovation in 2019. Prior to her role, she served as a Health Navigator, also known as a Community Health Worker (CHW), for the Benton County Health Department. Oralia received her bachelor's and MPH in Health Management and Policy from OSU. She is originally from Nyssa in Eastern Oregon.

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