Community Health Worker
Certificate Training Program

Community Health Workers are an important resource for communities and healthcare organizations, connecting individuals and families to services and information they need.
The Community Health Worker Certificate Training Program offers up to 9 credits towards a degree in Human Services at LaGuardia.


Community Health Workers (CHWs) are public health professionals whose main responsibility is to help bridge gaps between different populations and healthcare or social service systems by providing outreach, basic health education, referrals and follow-up service, case management and home visiting services.

  • Provide culturally appropriate health information and translation
  • Offer health and social service guidance
  • Provide direct service, such as basic first aid and health screening tests
  • Advocate for individual and community needs

The Community Health Worker Certificate Training Program is a contextualized program that provides instruction and activities to build academic skills while preparing you to enter or advance in the workplace as a CHW. You will receive extensive career development services and upon program completion earn a certificate of completion from LaGuardia.

We also offer a track for English Language Learners that provides healthcare related English language instruction in addition to regular program material.

Our graduates have been hired as CHWs, health coaches and patient care navigators at organizations including Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, City Health Works and Iora Health.

    • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
    • All LaGuardia Continuing Education students attending classes on campus must submit documentation of full vaccination to the Cleared4 platform before the first day of in-person instruction. For more information click here.
    *Documentation will be required.


  • Foundations for Community Health Workers (96 hours)
  • Health and Wellness (48 hours)
  • Public Health (32 hours)

125-hour internship

  • Communication
  • Case Management
  • Cultural Competence
  • Coaching
  • Population Health
  • Various Aspects of Health and Wellness
  • academic tutoring
  • case management services


To apply to the Community Health Worker Certificate Training Program contact or (718) 730-7708.


To inquire about customized training opportunities for the Community Health Worker Certificate Training Program, please contact  (718) 730-7708 or

Recent partners include:
  • U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship in partnership with 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund
  • New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
  • Commonpoint Queens


The projected regional employment growth through 2022 for CHWs is 12.2%. The median regional wage is $18.87.

Emsi Analyst Occupation Report, June 9, 2017

  • Local government
  • Individual and family services
  • Children and youth services
  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers
  • United Health Group
  • Montefiore Foundation
  • The Institute for Family Health
  • Columbia University
  • Montefiore Medical Center

Emsi Analyst, Job Posting Analytics, October 2017


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Photo by: Victor J. Blue

Destina Garcia, a community health worker at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, recently completed a new Community Health Worker Apprenticeship Program at LaGuardia Community College.

Read more about Destina Garcia in The New York Times.



Phone: (718) 730-7708