Creating a standardized, accredited community health worker training program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnerships program is a matching grants program designed to establish partnerships between the Foundation and local grantmakers in support of innovative, community-based projects that improve health and health care for underserved and vulnerable populations.The purpose of this project is to address critical health care workforce issues. This will be accomplished by a statewide coalition of public higher education, rural and urban health care systems, and major payors created by the Minnesota Community Health Workers Training Program. Through a standardized accredited curriculum, they will offer articulated pathways within the health professions, new employment opportunities, and recruitment from the low-income and first-generation communities to be served, including Native Americans and Southeast Asian, Latino, and East African immigrants. The curriculum includes field-based components and gives credit for the professional experience of currently employed community health workers who pursue the certification. Funding partners include BlueCross/BlueShield of Minnesota Foundation, Minnesota State University and the Colleges Perkins Funds, Minnesota Department of Health, Fairview Health Partners, Health Partners, and the University of Arizona.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $373,000.00

Awarded on: 6/20/2005

Time frame: 7/1/2005 - 6/30/2009

Grant Number: 53607


Minnesota State University, Mankato, College of Allied Health and Nursing

Minnesota State University, Mankato
360 Wissink Hall
Mankato, 56001-6071


Anne M. Willaert
Project Director