Idaho Community Health Worker
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW), through the Idaho Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP), is implementing a Community Health Worker (CHW) training program in collaboration with Idaho State University. The application for this new program consists of two parts: the employer application and completion of this student application.
CHW student applicants must:
- Be current Idaho residents;
- Agree to support the SHIP initiative (see categories below) and submit data to IDHW on a quarterly basis for one full year after completing the training program;
The following categories support SHIP. A maximum of 25 students may enroll in the CHW live online course. Priority is given to students employed by a SHIP cohort clinic. Students in category 2 and 3 are eligible for this opportunity and encouraged to apply:
Category 1: Applicants currently employed by Patient-Centered Medical Homes in SHIP cohorts.
Category 2: Applicants employed by Idaho Primary Care Clinics or Patient-Centered Medical Homes not currently part of SHIP cohorts.
Category 3: Applicants currently employed or volunteering as CHWs in other types of community organizations or settings.
*Spring 2018 CHW course will be Live On-Line every Thursday starting January 11, 2018 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (MST).
Data must be collected and reported quarterly by the CHW and employer to IDHW on the following required measures for one year after course completion. CHWs and employers may also choose to report additional optional measures to support the evaluation of this new program.
1. Total number of patients contacted by the Community Health Worker
2. Total number of unique patients served by the Community Health Worker
3. Total number of outreach or educational events provided by the Community Health Worker
1. Number and percent of patients referred for additional services by the Community Health Worker
2. Number and percent of patients completing referrals by the Community Health Worker
3. Number and percent of patients assessed or screened by the Community Health Worker
4. No show rate (number of appointments kept/number of appointments scheduled in the clinic)