Community Health Worker Registered Apprenticeship program launched with Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds, LaGuardia Community College, and NYC Department of Small Business Services

Community health workers act as the eyes and ears of the community and bring back valuable information to the primary care physicians that take care of them.

Community Health Workers are experts in healthcare topics, working and living in an urban or rural community of which they are part of. Their contribution through cultural competency, language and relatedness to the patient gives them an invaluable role in healthcare delivery.

As the healthcare model shifts from in-hospital to keeping patients in their homes and in their communities, there has been an increasing need for trained workers that can visit patients where they are and assist in their health recovery.

Under the auspices of the National Center for Healthcare Apprenticeships, the first 15 apprentices began a Community Health Worker Registered Apprenticeship Program in NYC on November 14, 2016. The pilot program is the culmination of an 18-month effort involving multiple parties: the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, LaGuardia Community College, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, and the NYC Department of Small Business Services. For more information on this exciting development please continue reading.