NC AHEC CHW Specialty Training Program: Social Determinants of Health

Available through Jul 16, 2027 Open Public Health

NC AHEC CHW Specialty Training Program: Social Determinants of Health


Register now for this online self-guided course.

NC AHEC, as an anchor partner in the NC CHW Initiative, is committed to ensuring that Community Health Workers have access to ongoing training and professional development resources. As a vital workforce for advancing health equity, it is important that CHWs are able to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skills for providing all North Carolinians with the opportunity for health and wellness. Through funding provided by the NC DHHS Department of Health Benefits (Medicaid), NC AHEC has worked with other key stakeholders, including CHWs and CHW supervisors, to develop standards for CHW Specialty training, identify key training topics, and develop a series of online modules specifically geared towards preparing CHWs to partner with primary care practices as part of the new Medicaid Managed Care network.

Each module provides continuing education credit recognized by the NC CHW Association for the purposes of maintaining certification. Some modules stand alone in terms of the topic covered, while others can be combined to deepen CHW knowledge and skills on a particular topic. Each module has been co-developed with CHWs to ensure the focus of learning and style of education reflects CHW culture and real-life scenarios. This module is divided into three sections focusing on an overview of social determinants of health, the role of CHWs in addressing social determinants of health, and specific skills and tools for working with individual clients.

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Partners on the CHW Specialty Training Work Group:
Avery Health Education and Consulting, LLC
Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative
Central Piedmont Community College
CommUnity Healing through Activism and Strategic Mobilization (CHASM) Institute
Durham Tech Community College
Mountain AHEC
NC Community Health Center Association
NC CHW Association
NC DHHS Office of Rural Health
North Central Carolina University
NorthWest AHEC
Piedmont AHEC
Saint Augustine's University
South Piedmont
Southern Regional AHEC
UNC Pembroke

Approximate time to complete the course: 1.5 hours

Learner content includes: A video and corresponding course handouts

Participants have unlimited time to complete this course and access course materials.

This course is part of the online NC AHEC Community Health Worker courses of recorded content.

In Collaboration with



Target Audience

Community health workers, lay health workers, outreach workers, and other frontline public health workers improving the health of their communities, and the supervisors, colleagues and allies of the CHW workforce


Upon completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Define Social Determinants of Health
  • Identify the systemic or root causes of Social Determinants of Health
  • Describe the impact Social Determinants of Health have on community and individual health
  • Identify the role of CHW in addressing three levels of Social Determinants of Health: System Policy, Risk, and Individual Need
  • Identify strategies for building a network/list of community resources
  • Identify clues to Social Determinants of Health needs based on client interviews and/or visits
  • Describe the benefits of Social Determinants of Health screening
  • Demonstrate a values-neutral and trauma informed approach to Social Determinants of Health screening
  • Describe the role that NCCARE360 plays in supporting Social Determinants of Health screening and resource coordination


  • Teresa Campos-Dominguez, CHW
  • Rosario Villarreal Redondo, CHW
  • Erika Walsh, MPP
  • Laura Zapater, CHW


NC AHEC CHW Specialty Training Program: Social Determinants of Health

7/16 9:00 AM – 9:00 AM


.200 CEU

The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this entire online continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 0.20 CEUs as established by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit.

1.500 Contact Hours

MAHEC designates this online continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 1.50 Contact Hours.


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