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Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resilience

Community Health Worker

Train to become a Community Health Worker!

We want to connect with you!

If you care about the well-being of people and want to make a real difference in our community, you could be the perfect candidate to train for a career as a Community Health Worker. Community Health Workers do a wide variety of jobs, and according to Labor Statistics the job outlook for the profession is growing!  

Sonoma County Department of Health Services is offering free educational classes to all individuals 18 or older, with a passion for community service, to help fill growing community needs.  Whether it’s your first job, or your next career, do what you love and help make a difference.  No specific prior trainings or degrees are required, just the desire and enthusiasm to help others through outreach, education, social support, and advocacy. 

For more information, please see our pages on Basic Training for in-depth, two semester courses and Professional Development for upcoming workshops on topics in public health, health care and social services. Leave us your contact information, and we’ll be in touch soon! 

With free tuition and textbooks available for Sonoma County residents, it’s a great time to become a CHW!

This programming was made possible by grant number NU58DP007010 from CDC. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.


Sonoma County DHS is recruiting Community Health Workers and local community members and training them to have the technical knowledge, analytical skills and technologies they need to be effective health advocates, educators, and navigators in their communities. Community Health Workers are receiving training in the City College of San Francisco Community Health Worker Program. Learn more about that program HERE.


Key local nonprofits, federally qualified health centers and collaboratives are partnering with us to hire and support CHWs, and work on strengthening management and supervision capacity within these organizations. We are leveraging existing networks for their experience and expertise in training, outreach, engagement, and case management.


These partnerships with nonprofits, federally qualified health centers, and collaboratives expand and strengthen a network of CHWs and employers to build capacity of partners to effectively embed CHWs in their healthcare and outreach teams and increase engagement of individuals from target communities in health and social services.

Join Our Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council is formed of community based organizations, healthcare providers and CHWs who meet monthly to help direct the activities of the CHWs for COVID Response and Resilience project. If you have experience with public health care and the CHW community, and would like to join our CHW Advisory Council, please contact Health Program Manager Martin Rivarola at

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