Colette Lamothe-Galette Community Healthworker Institute

The barriers to good health care are often not medical, but have more to do with social, cultural or economic issues. Community health workers (CHWs) have an intimate understanding of the culture, languages and challenges of their neighborhoods and, therefore, are trusted by the people living there. CHWs act as intermediaries between the community and healthcare and social service systems in order to ensure that community members are able to access services that meet their needs. CHWs have emerged as one of the most vital actors in healthcare delivery today.

The NJ Department of Health (NJDOH) has established the Colette Lamothe-Galette (CLG) Community Health Worker Institute through a NJ Department of Labor Apprenticeship program. The goal of the Institute is to create a standardized community health worker training and certification program, resulting in a robust CHW workforce. This will allow the state to educate an emerging and critical component of its workforce – creating a needed infrastructure to support CHWs, and the institutions they serve. Through this work, the NJDOH will create career pipelines for CHWs, enhance CHW skill sets and lead sustainable efforts to support this indispensable workforce. 

Last Reviewed: 10/30/2020