SRJC Course Outlines

5/25/2024 1:55:42 AMCHW 150 Course Outline as of Summer 2005

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  CHW 150Title:  INTRO TO COMM HLTH WORK  
Full Title:  Introduction to Community Health Work
Last Reviewed:2/26/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled3.006 max.Lecture Scheduled18.00
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled01 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total18.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  36.00Total Student Learning Hours: 54.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  CHW 50

Catalog Description:
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This course is designed to give an overview of the role of Community Health Outreach Workers and the philosophy of community health work. It will look at how CHWs have contributed to health care in the United States and the world. Discussions with local community health workers and other health professionals, a field trip to a community agency, and four hours of shadowing a Community Health Outreach Worker (CHW) will be included.


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of ENGL 100 OR Course Eligibility for EMLS 100 ( or ESL 100)

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Designed to give an overview of the role of Community Health Outreach Workers and the philosophy of community health work. It will look at how CHWs have contributed to health care in the US and the world.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Course Completion of ENGL 100 OR Course Eligibility for EMLS 100 ( or ESL 100)
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:
1.  Analyze history, roles, characteristics and responsibilities of
community health workers internationally, nationally and in Sonoma County.
2.  Examine the reasons why respect for diversity and two-way learning
between the community and the outreach worker are at the heart of
community health work.
3.  Identify individual abilities, attitudes, beliefs and values that are
important for CHWs.
4.  Analyze the role of adult learning theory in health behavior change.
5.  Examine the community health network of cooperation and support that
is essential for successful community health work.
6.  Locate five underserved populations in Sonoma County and examine
problems and lack of resources that contribute to their "underserved"
7.  Compare and contrast 15-30 active Sonoma County community health
organizations and their purposes.
8.  Name job titles common to CHWs and compare their job descriptions.
9.  Analyze myths and facts about homelessness.
10. Discuss health crises in the United States and their impact on Sonoma
County health.
11. Contrast primary and preventive health care.
12. Describe two ways CHWs have contributed to the delivery of primary and
preventive health care in the United States.
13. Explain the importance of identification of community resources for
14. Describe 3-5 situations in community health work where knowledge of
medical terminology and anatomy would be valuable.
15. Decide if community health work is right for you, describing necessary
skills, opportunities for externship work, and further education and
advancement possibilities in related health fields.

Topics and Scope
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I.    Community Health Workers (CHWs): Who Are They and What Do They Do?
      A.  History of community health work in US and internationally.
      B.  Occupational outlook for Sonoma County
II.   The Effective Community Health Outreach Worker
      A.  Core competencies and knowledge for CHWs
      B.  Characteristics, roles and responsibilities, and titles
         1.  Community perspective
         2.  Appreciation of diversity
         3.  Cross-cultural communication techniques
         4.  Commitment to two-way learning
         5.  Commitment to active community participation
      C.  Abilities, attitudes, beliefs, and values
      D.  Adult learning theory applications for CHWs
         1.  Motivating health behavior change
         2.  Enabling individuals and communities
III.  Ideas and Tips from Current Community Health Workers
IV.   Analysis of Current U.S. and Sonoma County Health Crises
      A.  Access to health care
      B.  Who is at risk and why?
      C.  Homelessness - who and why?
      D.  10-year public health goals in Sonoma County - and beyond
V.    Underserved Populations in Sonoma County
VI.   Primary & Preventive Health Care
      A.  Prevention
      B.  Chronic disease management
      C.  Containment of communicable diseases
VII.  Externship Placement Possibilities
VIII. Opportunities for Further Education and Advancement in Related
     Health Fields

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1.  Selected readings, 10-20 pages each week. Students will use Internet
to find, examine and compare articles with different perspectives on the
history of CHWs and tasks CHWs perform. They will critique, analyze, and
write responses regarding the articles on a variety of community health
2.  Written assignments will include 10-15 total pages on articles related
to community health workers, shadowing and volunteer experience, adult
learning theory applications and agency visitation - including critical
thinking and problem-solving exercises.
3.  Four-hour shadowing and volunteer experience with Sonoma County
community health workers. Students will write a 3-4 page paper to describe
the agency, community served, and their experiences.
4.  Make, practice with, and memorize 20-30 medical terminology flash
5.  In three paragraphs, respond to a community health worker scenario to
demonstrate critical-thinking & problem-solving techniques used in CHW.
6.   Write a community field trip reaction paper.
7.   Quizzes (2-4); final exam.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
40 - 50%
Reading reports, Papers.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
15 - 25%
Field work, Critical thinking/problem solving exercises.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 10%
Flash cards.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
15 - 25%
Multiple choice, Matching items, Completion, short essay
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 15%
Attendance, Participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials and instructor-selected current articles on
relevant topics, e.g., US health crises, homelessness, and CHW job
descriptions and salaries.

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