EARN Maryland & AACF CHW Training Program


Asian American Center of Frederick has been working on CHW Training Program development for entry level students, planning it as the first phase of a more comprehensive CHW education opportunity next summer. AACF has signed an agreement with a professional trainer and developed training modules description and a tentative curriculum. 



Entry Level. Perspective Transformation. Introduction to The CHW role: (History, Skills, Tasks, CHW Legal and Ethical Issues).

The training is designed for unemployed individuals and those seeking job and income improvements through acquiring a CHW certificate. The participants of the Training Program will learn how to communicate with varied populations, individuals, other community health workers, and professionals in a manner that is appropriate for the audience. The future CHWs will understand the roles and activities of community health workers which are tailored to meet the unique needs of clients, very often working in underprivileged marginalized communities where people may have limited resources; lack access to quality health care; lack the means to pay for health care; cannot speak English fluently; or have cultural beliefs, values and behaviors different from those of the dominant. 

Criteria for CHW Trainee Selection

This list represents the characteristics potential CHWs must possess in order to be approved and accepted within the community they serve.

  1. Be  trustworthy
  2. Maintain Confidentiality
  3. Demonstrate responsible behavior
  4. Be  reliable
  5. Maintain  a positive attitude
  6. Work  in interactive manner

Applicants must be 18 years or older, reside in Maryland, have the ability to read and write in English, be bilingual (desirable) and solve basic math problems. Those without previous health training are considered preferable. The candidates have to:

  1. Complete  and submit an application form
  2. Write two short paragraphs      addressing the following: 
    1. What  makes you believe you are a good candidate for the role of CHW?
    2. Reasons  you should be trained and hired in the future.
  3. Pass a short English-speaking test (for bilingual candidates)


Starting December 1 Asian American Center of Frederick offers its free 2-week program for Community Health Workers. The training days are:

December 1, Saturday - 9 am - 5 pm

December 3, 5, 6 - 3 pm - 7 pm

December 8, Saturday - 9 am - 5 pm

December 10, 12, 13 - 3 pm - 7 pm

The Community Health Workers' training is conducted under the umbrella of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation EARN Project, the purpose of which is training future workforce. The training had been designed by the Asian American Center of Frederick and approved by the MDLLR.

Contact information: Vanda Yamkovenko, Renata Shorter

Asian American Center of Frederick

1080 W. Patrick Street, Suite 16

Frederick, MD 21703

Office: (301) 694-3355