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Grant to UW Creates New Career Track in Community Health

A new program that will train professionals in one of the nation’s fastest-growing health careers soon will be offered by the University of Wyoming, thanks to a $3 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The Wyoming Community Health Worker Training Consortium will establish a formal training and credentialing program for community health workers in Wyoming through UW’s College of Health Sciences.

As nonclinical professionals who live in and represent the communities they serve, community health workers provide patient education, serve as patient advocates and help community members navigate the health care and social services systems to achieve and maintain health. This emerging profession is particularly impactful in rural communities, but many states do not have formal, statewide training and certification programs.

“We’re delighted that our College of Health Sciences has stepped up for Wyoming to provide this new opportunity for the state,” UW President Ed Seidel says. “In addition to creating a new career path for many people, this program promises to enhance the state’s health care system for all Wyomingites.”

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