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Department of Health Services

Become a Community Health Worker - Free Training Starts February 1, 2022

Published: December 08, 2021

The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services is pleased to announce our Community Health Worker (CHW) Certificate Program conducted through our training partner, City College of San Francisco (CCSF).

This CDC grant-sponsored scholarship program provides free tuition and textbook access exclusively for Sonoma County residents in a two-semester course that trains and certifies students to work in the fields of public health, health care, and social services.  

City College of San Francisco Online Certificate Program

CHW Certificate Requirements

Applicants must apply for and be accepted into the scholarship program, then complete the following: 

  • Student enrollment in Community College of San Francisco.
  • 14 units of online core CHW classes, including Health 201, 202, 203, and 203W
  • 3-4 units of approved online elective classes
  • A 120-hour internship placement (150 hours for paid internships)
  • A final performance-based exam administered by local public health experts

The opportunity for financial support through the Centers for Disease Control’s “CHW COVID Response and Community Resilience Grant” is provided exclusively to Sonoma County residents without respect to immigration status.

Applicants must demonstrate a sincere commitment to complete all requirements and to serve the community of Sonoma County in a community health worker role or similar.

Scholarship applications will be accepted until January 19, 2022 for the Spring 2022 program.

*Scholarship application is a fillable PDF. For best results, open in Adobe Acrobat.