Community Health Worker Training Program

Texas Public Health Training Center

Community Health Worker Certification/Continuing Education Program

Graduation Class of Fall, 2013

From left: CHW Instructor, Maudia Gentry; Miguel Reyes; Vanessa Enriquez; David Cernance; Margarita Hernandez; Jamie Marsh-Wheeler; Sharon Baker

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Graduation Class of Summer, 2013

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Left to right: TPHTC Program Manager, Jeffrey Moon; Erika Cerda; Gala Stafford; Delma Romo; Concepcion Contreras; CHW Instructor, Maudia Gentry 

Graduation Class of Winter, 2013

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Left to right: Adriana Flores; Ana Luisa Barrios; Laura Cecilia Delgado de Ponce; Ella Brown

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Left to right: CHW Instructor, Maudia Gentry; Laura Cecilia Delgado de Ponce; Adriana Flores; Ana Luisa Barrios; Ella Brown; TPHTC Program Manager, Jeffrey Moon

Graduate Class of Summer, 2012

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Standing left to right: Dr. Maudia Gentry (Instructor), Arty Palacios, Jennifer Padron, Gustavo Barrios, Marium Siddig, Jeannette Sandoval, Maria Perez. Seated left to right: Norman Jimenez, Tammy Ottinger, Elizabeth Garcia-Hurtado, Angelica Lowe, Araseli Frausto (Silvia Suarez not pictured) 

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Congratulations to Angelica Lowe, recipient of the "Rising Star" award


Community Health Worker Certification Training

160 Hours In-Class Training (Optional Internship)

Tuition: $1,000.00 (limited scholarships available)

Length of training is based on schedule, but is approximately 4 months.

For more details, e-mail


The Texas Public Health Training Center (TPHTC) at the University of North Texas - Health Science Center obtained state certification to become a community health worker (CHW) training site on November 9th, 2007.

The Texas Public Health Training Center provides training and continuing education for CHWs in collaboration with certified CHW trainers, the Texas Schools of Public Health (UNT Health Science Center, UT Houston, Texas A&M) and other partners, including: area hospitals, other academic institutions, local health departments, and community and county organizations.

Community health workers are lay members of communities who work in association with local health care systems, academic institutions, health departments and community based organizations. They typically share the ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status and life experiences of the community members they serve. Their primary function is to serve as liaisons between the community and the health care system and/or resources within the community.

The TPHTC desires to provide relevant and innovative CHW training to adequately prepare CHWs to serve in diverse public health and clinical health care arenas in the community. Many have begun to recognize the value of CHWs both in cost effectiveness and cost benefit, as well as the potential benefit of the linkages created by CHWs between the health care system and the community. We believe that CHWs are an integral part of our health care system and should be trained and compensated as such. In our fragmented system the role CHWs is becoming increasingly more valuable.

To learn more about Texas state certification for Community Health Workers, click here.



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Community Health Worker Certification Class

Summer Class: 6/1-7/31/15

M-F, 12pm-4pm

Applications due 5/18/15




Secured Experience Training Experience

Our CHWs in Action! 


Continuing Education Topics

"Road to Health/Journey to Control: - CDC guide to working with diabetic patients in the community"

English: 5/30, 8am-4:30pm

Spanish: 6/27: 8am-4:30pm 

Unless otherwise noted, all class offerings are approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services



Our growing list includes:

JPS Health

Cook Children's  

North Texas Area Community Health Center 

United Way

Tarrant County Project Access

Catholic Charities of Fort Worth


Teens at Work, Dallas TX

Cornerstone Health Network 

And into their communities!! 

This page last updated 29th Apr 2015