A new 16-credit certificate program that has already earned national honors is now accepting students beginning this fall for the 2018-2019 school year.
The Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Community Health Worker certificate will prepare individuals to gather and provide necessary health information in their local communities. The course work will train students to have a basic understanding of key public health issues such as maternal and child health, chronic disease and environmental health.
The certificate is oriented to either progress in higher education or employment in the health field. It is aligned so the classes taken in the program will be accepted and applied towards the DACC Associate of Public Health Degree. In addition, the program is fully articulated in a 2 + 2 agreement allowing candidates to earn a New Mexico State University (NMSU) Bachelor of Public Health degree after completing their associate.
“This department has worked with the University to ensure our students have a clear pathway to a Bachelor Degree,” said DACC Health Professor Amy Collins. “Our collaboration ensures students have the opportunity to receive the certificate, earn an associate degree at DACC and then proceed to finish their baccalaureate at NMSU.”
In the course of study, students must learn effective communication, interpersonal skills, health coaching, service coordination, capacity building, advocacy, community health outreach, and community knowledge and assessment. Students will complete a 4-credit service learning experience with a health agency to complete the certificate.
“This exciting learning experience allows students to work hand-in-hand with local health organizations to really make a difference in their community,” Humanities Department Director Becky Corran said.
In 2017, the proposed certificate program was honored by the League for Innovation in the Community College with the prestigious Riegleman Award for Excellence in Public Health and Health Navigation Education in community colleges.