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2014 Community Health Worker Training

DOH Offers Free Online Traininng

The Department of Health announces that registration is open for the 2014 Community Health Worker Training. This FREE online training is part of the Healthy Communities Washington initiative to increase access to quality preventative health care services and other community resources. The DOH is working with Local Health Jurisdictions and the Breast, Cervical and Colon Heath Program to facilitate these trainings four times a year in seven regions around the state. 

The training lasts eight weeks and is delivered through a blend of in-person and online classes. Participants gain valuable skills to reduce barriers and coordinate care for people. After completing the core training, participants have access to 8 one-week training modules on health specific topics like heart disease, diabetes, and prostate cancer. Participants should plan on spending two to four hours each week completing the online portion of the training.

Find more information on the Department of Health website at http://www.doh.wa.gov/CHWTS.

This webpage:

  1. Highlights the benefits of the training system.
  2. Lists the training dates and locations.
  3. Lists contact information for department staff involved with the Training System.
  4. Provides a link to registration.
  5. Provides a map that shows the Community Health Worker Training System regional areas.

Community Colleges and Public Health Project

The Community Colleges and Public Health Project is led by the League for Innovation in the Community College, in collaboration with the Framing the Future: The Second Hundred Years of Education for Public Health Task Force (Framing Task Force), the latter of which is convened by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

Phase 1: Foundational and Consensus Statements. In the first phase (November 2012–August 2013), an Expert Panel was convened to examine the needs, opportunities, and barriers that exist to development of education in public health as part of community colleges. The Panel created a set of Foundational and Consensus Statements that are included in its report. The project is now seeking feedback on these statements, and on plans for Phase 2 of the project from public health and higher education communities.

Phase 2: Developing Prototype Curricula. Phase 2 of the project (September 2013–September 2014) was recommended by the Expert Panel. While the first phase examined roles community colleges could play in public health education, the second phase examines the roles community colleges should play. To that end, Phase 2 includes developing prototype curricula for community college programs that can fulfill workforce needs and provide career ladders for graduates. These prototypes will be widely vetted by the community college and public health communities. 

Click here for a full description of Phase 2 of the project.


Precision Exams Offers Assessments for CTE Courses

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Precision Exams (www.precisionexams.com) are excited to announce their new partnership to deliver standardized CTE assessments statewide.

This partnership with Precision Exams will enable WA CTE programs to effectively and affordably provide industry assessments for every student in 150-plus CTE course areas. Additionally, it gives WA schools positive standards-based tools for program evaluation and improvement.

Benefits of this agreement:

  1. Unlimited role-based access to the entire inventory of 150+ Career Skills Standards and Exams in the Precision Exams system, including all performance rubrics, for every user-type (administrator, coordinator, and/or teacher) and user level (state, district, school).
  2. Pre and Post testing format available showing student growth.
  3. Unlimited access to all instant reporting suites.
  4. Unlimited trainings to districts via webinar and phone.
  5. Ongoing standards and exam maintenance.
  6. Discounted cost - only $2.50 per exam.
  7. There is no minimum or maximum number of exams that can be purchased.


If you are interested in further information about the exams or how to implement them within your school please contact Adam Sanchez, Washington State's implementation specialist, at (801) 653-9356 or by email at asanchez@precisionexams.com

The Precision Exams Washington website can be found here.