Community Health Workers in HIV Care Curriculum

Boston University School of Social Work Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health


Resource for healthcare agencies to train Community Health Workers (CHW) in order to integrate them into their HIV and other primary care teams. The curriculum was developed through a national needs assessment of RWHAP agencies and administered at varied RWHAP sites over a two-year period. Learn more in the Introduction and Background (PDF).

The 80-hour curriculum uses the Community Health Workers Core Competency Skills as a framework. There are two components: CHW Core Competencies (64 hours) and HIV Knowledge Base (16 hours). Browse individual modules below or download the entire package (large files).

CHW Core Competencies

Complete Manual: Core Competencies (PDF) | Slides (Zip)

  • Communicating as Part of a Team (Guide | Slides)
  • Introduction to Communication Skills (Guide | Slides)
  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change (Guide | Slides)
  • Communicating with Providers (Guide | Slides)
  • Introduction to Popular Education (Guide | Slides)
  • Popular Education and Facilitation Skills (Guide | Slides)
  • Popular Education Methods (Guide | No Slides)
  • Facilitation Challenges (Guide | No Slides)
  • Facilitation Skills (Guide | No Slides)
  • Who Are Community Health Workers? (Guide | Slides)
  • History of CHWs (Guide | No slides)
  • CHW Roles, Skills, and Qualities (Guide | Slides)
  • Challenges and Solutions to Working on a Team (Guide | No slides)
  • De-Escalation in the Workplace (Guide | Slides)
  • Establishing and Supporting Professional Boundaries (Guide | Slides)
  • Prioritizing and Organizing Your Time (Guide | Slides)
  • Professional Development (Guide | Slides)
  • Professional Skill and Conduct: Ethics (Online at NEPHTC)
  • Community Assessment and Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) (Guide | Slides)

HIV Knowledge Base

Sixteen hours of training covering the HIV viral life cycle, how antiretroviral medications work, understanding laboratory values, promoting and addressing treatment adherence, managing stigma and disclosure, U=U, treatment as prevention (TasP), pre-exposure (PreP), and post-exposure prophylaxis (PeP).

We recommend that the training be delivered by experienced trainers in the field of HIV or chronic disease, and that trainers have experience working with diverse socio-demographic communities. Lesson plans note where additional subject matter expertise is recommended for delivery of the training module.

Complete Manual: HIV Knowledge Base (PDF) | Slides (zip)

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