Community Health Worker Training

TCN trains community health workers (CHWs) with histories of incarceration in how to leverage their own experiences in the criminal justice system to empower patients to navigate health and social services upon return. TCN offers the following trainings:


CHW Kick-Off Events

These two-day trainings cover the fundamentals of the TCN model and CHW roles in TCN programs. Participants also hear from seasoned CHWs and from TCN patients. They also have opportunities to practice telling their personal stories and examine their beliefs around incarceration and the health system.


CHW Online Training Course

This specialized 12-week online training is a more in-depth exploration of the phenomenon of mass incarceration, the impacts of incarceration on the social needs and health of returning community members, the roles of the CHWs in providing patient-centered care to these individuals. In this course, CHWs reviewing online materials independent and participate in biweekly group discussions about applying key concepts to their work.


CHW Online Training Modules
Module 1: Incarceration in the United States
Module 2: Social Determinants & Collateral Consequences
Module 3: Incarceration’s Impact on Physical Health
Module 4: Incarceration’s Impact on Behavioral Health
Module 5: Cultural Humility and Marginalized Populations
Module 6: Role of Community Health Workers in Team-Based Care
Module 7: Overcoming Institutionalization
Module 8: Outreach, Intake, Follow-Up and Graduation
Module 9: Service Coordination & Navigation
Module 10: Advocacy in the Clinic and in the Community
Module 11: Mentorship, Professionalism, & Ethics
Module 12: Stress & Burnout



Fireside Chats

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many CHWs are now working from home or in need of additional support. During this time, our Senior CHW is hosting biweekly discussions, which are often co-facilitated by CHWs in our national network. Topics vary, and have included working with patients who are living with HIV, using motivational interviewing, and goal-setting.


If you are a community health worker or CHW student interested in participating in a future training, please contact us.