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New Mexico Department of Health Endorses CNM’s Community Health Worker Program

August 8, 2017 -- The New Mexico Department of Health has endorsed CNM’s Community Health Worker (CHW) curriculum.
New Mexico Department of Health Endorses CNM’s Community Health Worker Program

Students from the Community Health Worker program who graduated in May.

“This endorsement ensures that the CNM Community Health Worker curriculum meets the required 11 core competencies set by the Department of Health,” said Tamra Mason, dean of CNM’s School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety. “This endorsement also allows graduates of the program to apply for state certification with the New Mexico Department of Health. CNM is the second community college in the state to get its curriculum endorsed.”

Community health workers are front-line public health workers who are trusted members of their communities and have an understanding of their community’s health needs. They play a critical role in reducing health disparities, managing chronic diseases, increasing access to care and coordinating comprehensive care for patients. Community health workers develop close relationships with patients to ensure they have the support and resources available to them in order to live healthy lifestyles.

Career opportunities in the field include community health worker, social and human services assistant, social worker and mental health and substance abuse counselor.

“This endorsement is valuable because students who graduate from our Community Health Worker program can apply for certification through the state,” Mason said. “The certification allows graduates to become more marketable when applying for jobs and ensures they have received ample training in their field. It also means that the New Mexico Department of Health affirms that the CNM CHW program is teaching the skills needed to qualify as a Community Health Worker in the state.”

Classes for the Community Health Worker program are available for the Fall Term that begins Aug. 28. Visit the CNM Community Health Worker program web page to learn more, or contact the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety at 224-4111.

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