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CHW Program Specialty Tracks

Training Model

Project ECHO Community Healthy Worker Specialty Track Trainings are approximately 5 months long and divided into 3 main phases:

Phase 1: Coming Together and Skills Building

3 or 4-Day Training in communication, education and skills building, team building, and IT problem solving. Focus on presenting culturally relevant materials using adult education theory.

Phase 2: Community of Practice and TeleECHO Clinic

16 weekly TeleECHO clinics to present cases, share information, and receive didactic presentations from Project ECHO staff and outside specialists including MDs, RDs, LMSWs, community health workers, health educators, and behavioral health specialists.

Phase 3: Evaluation and Graduation

One-day skills evaluation and graduation ceremony. Trainees can earn endorsements in the various skills areas. Supervisors, community members, and family are invited to attend.

Continuing Education Session for CHWs, CHRs, and Promotoras

Project ECHO conducts a monthly opportunity for CHWs to enhance their skills and earn CEUs toward State Recertification through our Continuing Education Sessions for CHWs. Covering a diverse variety of training topics including community resources, behavioral health, chronic disease management and awareness of human trafficking, participants can join the training via the Zoom platform and are not required to leave their workplace settings to attend these valuable trainings. Similar to all other trainings developed by Project ECHO, participants are given the opportunity for case-based learning by offering case presentations during these sessions in order to share knowledge and strengthen their skills for information sharing with interdisciplinary teams. For those who are Certified CHWs through the NM Department of health, participants can earn up to three CEUs toward recertification for participating. Contact Paige Menking at for more information.  

Let’s Move New Mexico: Family Obesity Prevention

The program trains CHWs to support clients and families in preventing childhood obesity by promoting positive behavior change. CHWs are trained to help clients navigate and address their physical, nutritional, social and behavioral health needs as well as advocate for clients in the healthcare setting. Contact Venice Ceballos at for more information.  

Community Addictions Recovery Specialist (CARS) Addictions Training

The goal of the CARS Program is to expand access and improve outcomes of treatment for addiction by training and mentoring paraprofessionals – medical assistants, community health workers, health educators, and peer support specialists – to provide clinical and social support, health education, and appropriate referrals for patients in recovery or seeking treatment for addictions, with a focus on alcohol, opiate and tobacco addiction. Contact Venice Ceballos at for more information.  

Opioid Addiction Treatment ECHO for CHWs and Medical Assistants

This ECHO provides training in opioid addiction treatment at no cost, delivered right to your clinic, with a variety of bi-weekly schedules to choose from. We serve federally-qualified health centers, with a special focus on those that received the Substance Abuse Service Expansion awards. Using simple videoconferencing technology, Community Health Workers, Medical Assistants, and Peer Support Workers connect to a community of learners. Contact Venice Ceballos at for more information.  

Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (PCAN)

The Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (PCAN) training for CHWs and Home visitors is a unique learning opportunity designed to train participants in techniques for primary prevention of child abuse and neglect. True to the ECHO model, the training includes three days of Face-to-Face training where the formation of a community of learning begins, followed by a 16-week TeleECHO series. The training covers a wide variety of relevant topics including infant and early childhood mental health, identification of possible signs of abuse, post-partum depression and the impact of trauma on children and families. Contact Paige Menking at for more information.  

Community Resource Education Worker (CREW) Diabetes Training

Based on the core standards from the American Association of Diabetes Educators competencies for lay health workers, this training program trains Community Health Workers on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease prevention and management. Contact Aisha A. Baloo at aabaloo@salud.unm for more information.  

Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC) Partners in Good Health and Wellness: A skills and knowledge based training to prevent and manage chronic disease

Partners in Good Health and Wellness Community Health Representative (CHR) Training, targets CHRs from 27 different tribal communities from the Albuquerque area. The program is aimed at training CHRs to teach patient self-management skills and education in the areas of breastfeeding, nutrition, diabetes, and cardiovascular and stroke risk reduction. Contact Aisha A. Baloo at aabaloo@salud.unm for more information. This program is a subaward from Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC) which received funding from the CDC. Through this funding, Project ECHO will train 200 CHRs over five years, starting in Spring of 2015. Link:

BernCO Behavioral Health Interventions

One program will be training paraprofessionals that include CHWs, Peer Support Specialists (PSS), and Forensic Case Managers (FCM). They will be working directly with the newly release individuals from the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) (Bernalillo county’s Adult jail) to help the individuals transition back to society successfully. Also, these paraprofessionals will report their cases and findings to the second program. Contact Venice Ceballos at for more information.   The second program will include the stakeholders in Bernalillo County that play a role in the transitional stages of newly released individuals from MDC. The stakeholders include Probation and Parole Office, Housing, Transportation, Mental Health services, Behavioral Health services, Income and Support Division, etc. This program will identify the barriers, gaps, and the unknown areas that directly affect the recidivism rates in the Bernalillo county area. Contact Venice Ceballos at for more information.    

Interested in Replicating a CHW Training Program?

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