The Community Capacitation Center provides training and technical assistance for organizations that desire to establish or strengthen their community health worker programs. Our expertise includes:

  • Designing, conducting, and evaluating community health worker programs
  • Recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising CHWs
  • Formulating and advocating for policies supportive of the CHW model
  • Providing leadership in the CHW field


Our curriculum is based on findings in Chapter 3 (Roles and Competencies) of the National Community Health Advisor Study (4.94 MB)(Wiggins and Borbón, 1998). It has 3 components:

  • Skill base
  • Orientation to the health and social service system
  • Health issues


Designed by our staff, our We Are Health training has been created over the course of more than 25 years of work with community health workers worldwide. It has been approved by Oregon Health Authority's Traditional Health Worker Commission as a certified training program of CHW in Oregon.

Continuing Education

Our Children’s Exposure to Violence Training and Community Health Worker Supervisor’s Training qualify for the continuing education requirement for certified CHWs in Oregon.

Academic Credit

Available through Portland State University (for an additional fee, paid to PSU). This means our trainings are portable from one employer to another, and you can apply these credits to obtain an academic degree.


From 18 to 240 hours, depending on the complexity of the work CHWs will be expected to do, availability for training, and resources of the contracting organization.

We recommend follow-up training for CHWs for as long as they continue to act as CHWs. Most organizations contract with the CCC to provide follow-up training.

Training Courses

We Are Health: Training for Community Health Workers

This 90-hour training for community health workers provides an opportunity for those who complete the requirements to become certified community health workers in Oregon.

When: None scheduled.
Cost: $1,600

Community Health Worker Supervisor’s Training

This training for supervisors will enhance your capacity to provide effective supervision to community health workers.

When: None scheduled.

Children’s Exposure to Violence

A 14-hour series for community health workers and those who work with parents, caregivers and children to help children heal from trauma related to exposure to violence (domestic violence, community violence, bullying, etc.). Available in Spanish or English.

Children's Exposure to Violence Flyer (494.05 KB)

When: None scheduled

Understanding Violence as a Public Health Issue

This 14-hour training is for community health workers and others who work in the field of violence prevention. Participants will learn:

  • The public health approach to violence prevention
  • Examples of the root causes of exposure to violence
  • Impacts of different types of violence on the community
  • Different self-care methods, to lessen the effects of exposure to violence and trauma

Understanding Violence Curriculum (2.97 MB)
Presentation Slides (2.28 MB)

When: May 14-15
Cost: Free

Asthma Management and Tobacco Cessation

This 7-hour training is for community health workers and other traditional health workers. Participants will learn how to:     

  • Define asthma and identify asthma risk factors and ways to decrease them
  • Name self-management strategies to help control asthma
  • Explain the dangers of tobacco use and the importance of quitting smoking and decreasing exposure to tobacco smoke
  • Help people access tobacco cessation resources, including the Oregon Quit Line
Presentation Slides (562.07 KB)

Technical Assistance

Community-based organizations and community health centers come to us when they are in the process of establishing a CHW program. Our staff provide technical assistance regarding:

  • Recruitment and hiring of CHWs
  • Development of CHW job descriptions
  • Support and supervision of CHWs
  • Other issues

Based on the role your organization envisions for CHWs, we work together with you to design an initial training curriculum, selecting courses from the established curriculum and creating additional courses as needed.

Some of the organizations we have worked with:

  • Urban League of Portland
  • Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
  • Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
  • Parish Health Worker Program (a partnership of Providence Health and Services, El Programa Hispano, and Catholic and Episcopal parishes in the Portland area)
  • Women with Disabilities Health Equity Coalition
  • Komen Foundation Latina Initiative


Rosenthal, E.L., Wiggins, N., Ingram, M., Mayfield-Johnson, S., De Zapien, J.G. (2011). Community Health Workers Then and Now: An Overview of National Studies Aimed at Defining the Field. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 34, 247-259.

Wiggins, N. (2010). La Palabra es Salud: A Comparative Study of the Effectiveness of Popular Education vs. Traditional Education for Enhancing Health Knowledge and Skills and Increasing Empowerment Among Parish-Based Community Health Workers (CHWs). Retrieved from Dissertation and Theses. (AAT 3407867.)

Wiggins, N., Johnson, D., Avila, M., Farquhar, S.A., Michael, Y.L., Rios, T., and López, A. (2009). Using Popular Education for Community Empowerment: Perspectives of Community Health Workers in the Poder es Salud/ Power for Health Program. Critical Public Health 19, 11-22.

Farquhar, S.A., Wiggins, N., Michael, Y.L., Luhr, G., Jordan, J., and Lopez, A. (2008). “Sitting in different chairs:” Roles of the Community Health Workers in the Poder es Salud Power for Health Project. Education for Health.

More publications: Community-Based Participatory Research, Popular Education

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