With support from HRSA’s CHW Training Program grant, MHP Salud will be supporting 200 CHWs through the process of CHW training, field placement or Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs), and Florida state CHW certification between 2022 and 2025!
CHWs trained through the program will acquire the knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary to address the public health needs of underserved communities increasing access to care and improving public health emergency response.
Interested in becoming a certified CHW in the State of Florida?
CHW training begins in March 2023 and is free for eligible individuals. CHW Trainees will receive a stipend of up to $5,500 while in training, field placement, or a RAP.
To enroll in CHW training, you must:
- Have less than 2 years of experience as a CHW*
- Have at least a high school diploma or GED
- Be a U.S. citizen or a foreign national with a permanent residency visa
- Individuals who already have Florida CHW certification are not eligible to participate in field placement or RAPs. They may be eligible for receiving additional training.
- New CHWs must be willing to complete CHW training following MHP Salud’s LEAD curriculum and participate in 500 hours of practice-based learning.
- Participation in the CHW training program is dependent on the availability of field placement sites in a given area.
Employers, Field Placement, and Apprenticeship Sites
Interested in becoming a field placement site and hosting trained CHWs to gain practice-based learning at your organization?
Requirements to be a field placement site:
- Provide CHW trainees 500 hours of practice-based learning experience in community settings
- Oversee CHWs while giving them the opportunity to practice their skills learned in training and become experienced CHWs
- Participate in regular check-ins with MHP Salud to discuss placements and provide required evaluation metrics
Become a Host for an Apprenticeship
We will be seeking organizations to employ individuals enrolled in a Registered Apprenticeship Program. Contact us now if you are interested in applying to become an apprenticeship site.
For nearly four decades, MHP Salud has supported underserved communities through CHW-led programs.
We have found that the purposeful integration of CHWs at both the grassroots and health systems levels leads to more complete care and better health outcomes. With a growing focus on community-based solutions, improved quality of care, and an emphasis on preventive care and population health, we are confident that CHWs will continue to be a key part of the new direction of healthcare.
MHP Salud has supported over 1,000 organizations in 44 states, including Puerto Rico and the Federated States of Micronesia, with new and existing CHW programs.
This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,960,160.00 with 0% percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.