Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Judith Tupper

Second Advisor

Ben Hummel

Third Advisor

Kalie Hess


Maine Community Health Worker Initiative, MECHWI, Community Health Worker, certification system


Executive Summary

The following report was developed to inform the Maine Community Health Worker Initiative (MECHWI) on the processes used by five other states to create a Community Health Worker (CHW) certification system. An assessment of the current situation in Maine as it pertains to certification development was also conducted and a set of recommendations to guide the MECWHI in furthering CHW certification efforts is provided. In summary, the processes used to develop a CHW certification system in Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas, Rhode Island and Indiana tended to involve the following activities: outreach to CHWs and CHW employers, engagement of key advocacy stakeholders, research on CHW roles and core competencies, development of policy at the state level, and formalization of certification requirements and training. Based on findings the following recommendations should be considered by the MECHWI.

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