In September of 2022, the Iowa Health and Human Services (Iowa HHS) Department was awarded a federal CHW training grant that will increase access to CHW training offered by the Iowa Chronic Care Consortium (ICCC). This will allow CHW training to reach CHWs from across the state, thus building resources, resilience, and capacity in communities to address the social needs of under-represented Iowans. The funding supports the training of 75 CHWs over the next three years.
While the regular tuition for the CHW Registered Apprenticeship is $2,500, this CHW training grant provides a full waiver of this tuition for individuals employed full time as CHWs or in a similar role in Iowa. Participation in the CHW Registered Apprenticeship requires participation of the employer through an agreement between the employer, the apprentice, and ICCC. Contact Deb Kazmerzak, firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the CHW Registered Apprenticeship.
Tuition waivers are available through September 2025 or until grant funds are depleted.
Financial stipends in the amount of $5,000 are available for the students. The stipends are provided to help support the ability of students to fully engage in and complete the training program and can be used for things like childcare, internet access, or computers. Stipends will be provided in two equal installments. The first installment ($2,500) will be made upon completion of the third virtual training session, and the second ($2,500) upon the student’s successful completion of the course.
Financial stipends are available through September 2025 or until grant funds are depleted.
Eligibility requirements for the tuition waiver and financial stipend includes:
- Age 18 and above
- High school diploma/equivalency
- US Citizenship
- Working full time in CHW role or other frontline role
- Employer must allow receipt (stipends only)
*The ability to read and understand English language, while not a formal requirement, will be beneficial for the student.
The CHW Professional Skills training and the CHW Registered Apprenticeship training program offer comprehensive preparation and skill development around core competencies for CHWs. Building on this foundation is a great recipe for success and essential for professional growth and acquiring additional skills and knowledge.
In this section you can learn about additional opportunities for CHWs to advance their skills. Check back periodically as additional training opportunities will be added over time. Most opportunities are available at no cost and can be located on the website: www.communityhealthworker.org.