NYACH partnered with 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, and LaGuardia Community College to launch a nationally registered Community Health Worker (CHW) Apprenticeship Program.
CHWs are public health workers who have a uniquely close understanding of and trusting relationship with the communities they serve. CHWs act as intermediaries between the community and healthcare and social service systems in order to ensure that community members are able to access services that meet their needs. CHWs’ responsibilities include outreach, community education, patient advocacy, and informal counseling. CHWs have emerged as one of the most vital actors in healthcare delivery today with the Affordable Care Act and New York State Medicaid Redesign’s strong focus on ambulatory and preventative care.
The program runs for six months and combines classroom instruction with on-the-job learning. Throughout the program, 15 paid apprentices will work at Bronx Lebanon Hospital under the guidance of incumbent CHWs to learn firsthand the skills required to excel in the position.
Apprenticeships are emerging as a new approach to training front-line health care workers to fulfill a growing need for experience and practice in the field. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a national credential from the U.S. Department of Labor Office (DOL) of Apprenticeships. The program launched on November 14th to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, which locally included a signing event officially recognizing the approval by U.S. DOL of the Standards of Apprenticeship for the National Center for Healthcare Apprenticeships.