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NEON CHW Basic 90-Hour Training

Community Health Worker Training - Fall 2021/Winter 2022

Community Health Worker training for certification in the State of Oregon. Two ½-day sessions a week, every other week. 80 hours of training, all online plus 10 hours of independent homework for 90 CEUs. For complete schedule and other details, click Register Now.

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Time & Location

Sep 02, 2021, 8:45 AM PDT – Jan 21, 2022, 1:00 PM PST

NEON CHW Basic 90-Hour Training

About The Event

Mark your calendars for NEON’s upcoming Community Health Worker (CHW) certification training! CHWs are found in all sorts of settings, working to address systemic inequities and reduce barriers to health care for our communities’ most vulnerable.

Using principles and practices of Popular Education you will share and learn about the roles of CHWs as well as a range of topics relevant to the work of CHWs. By the end, you will have a big-picture understanding of community and public health and the ways you can have a positive impact on individual, family, and community health and wellness.

The course consists of 22, 4-hour online sessions - four times a month, September 2021-January 2022. For every week of class, there will be approximately an hour of independent or group homework. Upon completion of this training, participants will qualify for certification as a Community Health Worker and 90 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) through the State of Oregon Office of Equity and Inclusion. NEON CHW CEUs are reciprocal to MHACBO credits.


Sessions are on Thursdays and Fridays, 8:45 AM – 1:00 PM.

September 2, 3, 16, 17

October 14, 15, 28, 29

November 18, 19

December 2, 3, 16, 17

January 6, 7, 20, 21

Participants are required to attend all sessions to qualify for certification.

Cost: $1,000.

Registration covers all sessions and participants must attend all sessions to earn credit.

Topics Covered:

· Introduction to and history of CHWs

· Popular Education

· The Social Determinants of Health

· Community Organizing

· Public Health

· Trauma Informed and Self care

· Cross Cultural Skills

· Leadership and Advocacy

· Communication Skills

· Disease Processes

· Oral Health

· Addictions and Recovery

· Mental Health Promotion

· Basic Counseling Skills

· Assessment of Individuals, Families and Communities

· Multi-Disciplinary Teams

· Service Coordination and Collaboration

· Access to Health Care

· Outreach Skills

· The Role of Physical Activity and Nutrition in Health


· Proficiency in English. The instructors speak Spanish and can support Spanish speakers to succeed, but full-time interpretation and translated materials are not available.

· The ability to fully participate in all sessions (please notify us if you need accommodations).

· Access to a laptop or PC with capacity to participate in audio and video conferencing.

About Northeast Oregon Network:

Our mission at NEON is to create a healthier Eastern Oregon. We accomplish this by reducing barriers for both residents and the systems that support their health. We are connectors, innovators and experts. We connect people and organizations to one another and to resources they need to meet their goals. Since 2012 we have been training traditional health workers and other front-line staff in health behavioral health, social services and other settings in the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality service, maintain professional boundaries and practice self-care.

About our trainers:

Lisa Ladendorff, LCSW, CHW

Lisa received her Master of Social Work from Walla Walla University. She has significant post graduate training in Interpersonal Neurobiology, and is certified in EMDR, DBT, and a variety of other evidence-based practices, including Tobacco Cessation. She has over 25 years’ experience in Community Mental Health, Public Health, and Private Practice and over 20 years of experience as a clinical supervisor for all levels of Behavioral Health Staff. Since 2012 Lisa has been involved in training social workers, health coaches, and traditional health workers in a variety of in person and virtual formats. She specializes in topics of addictions, compassion fatigue, the impacts of trauma, trauma informed parenting, trauma informed customer service, ethics, suicide prevention, community health worker certification training, and health equity. She serves as NEON’s Director of Training and Business Development as well as serving as a part time Clinical Director to a local Community Mental Health Agency.

Charmaine Martinez, CHW

Charmaine is from SE Portland and graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Mathematics. She is pursuing a career in firefighting and is looking forward to working with a team that helps people in emergency situations. She decided to certify as a Community Health Worker (CHW) because the knowledge and skillset you acquire as a CHW is vital in the role of a firefighter. In her spare time, Charmaine volunteers as an Executive Administrative Assistant for Kumoricon, a Japanese culture and anime convention held in Portland, Oregon. She enjoys exercising, hiking, reading manga and novels, and watching anime with her friends.

Cami Miller, CHW

Cami currently coordinates the Housing Matters Union County coalition. For the last 5 years she has been jumping from project to project and a part of many teams to create solutions for people in her community, the one nearest to her heart is the Union County Warming Station. Cami is a mother and stepmother to a family of six ridiculously fierce, wildly brilliant, and dynamically tenacious children. They range from the age of 6-16, so keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Her family felt like the chaos of 8 was not enough and has a smallish hobby farm full of chickens, ducks, pigeons, rabbits, dogs, cats, lizards, snakes and one very grumpy husband. Over the years, Cami has faced and overcome a fair amount of adversity and is grateful for the opportunity to share her experience and hope with others. She was trained as a Community Health Worker in 2017, has plans to be trained as a doula here soon and believes that traditional health work is the key to meeting folks right where they are at and working with them towards a healthy, prosperous future!

Edna Murrieta

Edna holds a BS in Public Administration from California State University, Chico and a Masters in Higher Education and Administration from Southern Illinois, Carbondale. Edna is new to the NEON team where she will help deliver training to Community Health Workers and other front-line staff in health, behavioral health and other organizations addressing health, equity, and social determinants of health. Prior to joining NEON, Edna worked within Higher Education as an Area Coordinator and served marginalized student populations. During her time at Eastern Oregon University Edna served on multiple committees evaluating equity, diversity, and inclusion in the many sections.

Connie Sherrard, MSW, CHW

Connie holds a BA in Studio Art and certification in Elementary Education from Beloit College and a Master of Social Work with an emphasis in Planning, Administration and Management from Portland State University. At NEON, Connie develops and delivers trainings on a variety of topics for Community Health Workers and other front-line staff in health, behavioral health and other organizations addressing health equity and social determinants of health. Prior to her employment at NEON, Connie worked in a variety of nonprofit and public settings dedicated to serving vulnerable populations. She has developed and managed programs serving economically disadvantaged families and children, including education, case management, after school programs, and basic needs services. Connie also spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador, where she learned the concepts and methods of Popular Education, which NEON embraces as an effective, empowering method of training.

Nathaniel Stringer, CHW, PSS

Nathaniel has been a certified Peer Support Specialist in Eastern Oregon since 2019. He works with the Prime Plus Peer Program at the Malheur County Health Department in Ontario Oregon. Recently Nathaniel has completed NEON’s Community Health Worker training and is in the process of gaining State certification in Oregon. Nathaniel is a Peer with lived experience who has a passion for helping those that are a part of marginalized communities. He is passionate about helping community members overcome barriers that are caused by stigmatism or any other social injustice. Having a strong sense of community lies near and dear to Nathaniel’s core values.

Helena Wolfe, MPH

Helena grew up in Ohio, spent 2 years at the College of Wooster, then moved sight unseen to Portland, Oregon. At multiple times, and mostly as a single parent, she faced employment layoffs due to grant funding changes and corporate downsizing. Helena understands first-hand the need to continually upgrade one’s credentials to adapt to ever-changing market conditions. While in Missoula, she finished a BA in Home Economics, Consumer Educational Services, from the University of Montana. Returning to Oregon, she worked as the Public Relations Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of the Columbia-Willamette. An employer-paid certificate in Desktop Publishing from the University of Oregon Continuing Education Center led to a decade as in-house graphic designer for telecom industry marketing departments. In 2007, Helena completed a Master of Public Health degree from Portland State University. She relocated to Pendleton to start the Umatilla County SNAP-Ed program for Oregon State University Extension Family and Community Health. Before her 2019 retirement, she worked for CAPECO, first with dislocated workers from the Umatilla Army Depot, followed by 5 years as the Health Promotion Coordinator for the Area Agency on Aging. During that time, she completed Community Health Worker (CHW) training and led classes for 8 evidence-based health education programs. Currently, Helena lives in Hermiston and is enjoying self-employment. Her business Tumbleweed Connections pulls her many interests together through wellness, energy healing, fertility awareness, astrology, and graphic design services. She is an independent Master Trainer for Powerful Tools for Caregivers and contracts with NEON as a CHW co-trainer.

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