Community Health Workers:

Policy and Systems Strategies for Improving the Prevention and Management of
Chronic Disease among Disparate Populations

Course Overview


Welcome to Community Health Workers. This course, led by instructors from CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, was first introduced at The Institute, a nationwide conference for state-level public health professionals held in Atlanta, Georgia. The in-person course has been adapted into easy-to-navigate, online modules with video, handouts, and links to other resources. The course can be viewed in its entirety or one module at a time at your convenience. It will take around three hours to review the entire course including resources. You may take the course by yourself, or gather with colleagues to view the modules together. We hope you enjoy this dynamic experience!

Course Introduction

This course focuses on Community Health Workers (CHWs) as an effective model to increase access to disparate populations. CHWs can play an important role in a variety of populations, especially those that have disparities in health, in facilitating the prevention and control of chronic diseases, including diabetes. The course will include:

With practical guidance and tools, you will learn about successful models and practice-based strategies, and how they can be translated into your work.

Course Objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

Begin the Course

Course Modules

To view a module, click on the first link in each blue box below. The module will begin playing in a separate window. You may want to download the handouts prior to viewing each module. Once you have viewed a module, return to this main page to continue to the next module.

Note: You must have the free plug-in Microsoft Silverlight downloaded on your computer to view the course. If you have trouble viewing the course, you may wish to contact your IT department to download the plug-in. For further questions or comments, please email