Howard County General Hospital Offers Community Health Worker Training


COLUMBIA, Md.—Howard County General Hospital will offer community health worker training and certification beginning March 21. Community health workers conduct outreach for medical personnel or health care organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain and improve individual and community health. In addition, they encourage individuals to adopt healthy behaviors by increasing their health knowledge and self-sufficiency.

Offered three times a year, the community health worker training, accredited by the Maryland Department of Health, consists of over 100 hours of online and virtual real-time sessions as well as in-person modules completed within 14 weeks. This includes:

  • Weekly modules with prerecorded learning which offers schedule flexibility
  • Weekly discussion board posts online
  • 40-hour, in-person practicum at Howard County General Hospital supervised by hospital community health workers
  • Learning activities via live video or in person with physical distancing

Howard County General Hospital’s Community Care Team leads the program. The training covers advocacy and community capacity building, communication and cultural competency, ethics and confidentiality issues, local resources and system navigation, care coordination, skills to promote health, outreach methods and strategies as well as public health concepts and health literacy.

Participants must be 18 years old or older and have earned a high school degree or GED. No prior health care training is required. The training program follows the Johns Hopkins Medicine vaccine policy requiring all learners to show proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 and the flu prior to the first day of class.

Registration closes once cohort is full and no later than Feb. 23. To learn more or register, visit, call 410-720-8788 or email A limited number of partial scholarships are available through a donation from the Biegel family. Scholarship applications can be found at and are due by Feb. 7.

About Howard County General Hospital

Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is a not-for-profit health care provider with 225 licensed beds located in Columbia, Maryland. A comprehensive, acute-care medical center, Howard County General offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and oncology to outpatient treatment and critical care.

The hospital has a professional staff of more than 1,100 physicians and allied health professionals, representing nearly 100 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of more than 1,850 individuals and over 330 volunteers.