NMRC/PAE Community Health Worker – Core Competency Training Application  Spring 2018 – Fridays, 9:00 – 3:30, April 27th – June 29th

 NMRC/PAE and Maine Center for Disease Control are partnering to offer this core competency training for Community Health Workers (CHW) in Maine.  Trainers will deliver a curriculum developed by the Institute for Public Health Innovation, which meets State of Maine CHW training guidelines.

Class participants must be able to commit to attending all class sessions to receive a certificate of completion.

The course will be offered on Fridays, 9:00 – 3:30, April 27th – June 29thLocation: Portland Adult Education, 14 Locust St., Portland, ME 04101

Cost: There is no registration fee for the course but space is limited.  Lunch or a stipend for lunch will be provided. Class participants must provide their own transportation.

Class participants must commit to attending all class sessions in order to get a certificate of completion.

Who should apply: Community Health Workers who have not completed a core competency training and others who are interested in working as a community health worker.

English proficiency requirement: A CASAS test score of 240 or higher is required for non-native English speakers. If you are currently working as a CHW, instead of taking a CASAS test, you may submit a letter from your employer stating that your English is at a level appropriate for the course.  If you do not have a current CASAS test please contact Sally Sutton at PAE to make arrangements for a test:  874-8155 or suttos@portlandschools.org. If you need a CASAS test, please make arrangements as soon as possible.


A community health worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

A community health worker also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.

 Application deadline is April 6thPhone interviews will be held after an application is received to determine if a candidate is appropriate for the class.

Applications can be dropped off at Portland Adult Education or returned by fax, email or mail to:

Sally Sutton, Program Coordinator, New Mainers Resource Center, Portland Adult Education

14 Locust St., Portland, Maine 04101, suttos@portlandschools.org, 207 874-8155, fax: 207 773-0151.

Questions should be directed to Sally Sutton at the above email or phone.

To get an application form, please click on CHW Spring 2018 Application Information