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In 2015, Dr. Daniel Price started the Initiative after his close work with the community and after noticing community members' lack of trust in the health care system. The UH Community Health Workers Initiative has taken the lead in building community capacity through trust and advocacy as a network of community health workers, undergraduates, faculty, and staff.

Initiative Overview:

  • The Training Center within the Community Health Workers Initiative (CHWI) is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to provide the 160-hour certification course required to be certified as CHW in the State of Texas.
  • The University of Houston CHW Training Center is also approved to provide continuing education hours toward the renewal for CHW and CHW Instructors. Spanish continuing education hours are also available. 
  • By Summer 2022, the CHW Training Center will have over 405 certified new CHWs since beginning in 2018.


En 2015, el Dr. Daniel Price comenzó la Iniciativa después de su trabajo cercano con la comunidad y después de notar la falta de confianza de los miembros de la comunidad en el sistema de atención médica. La Iniciativa de Trabajadores de Salud Comunitarios de la UH ha tomado la iniciativa en el desarrollo de la capacidad de la comunidad a través de la confianza y la defensa como una red de trabajadores de salud comunitarios, estudiantes universitarios, profesores y personal.

Descripción general de la iniciativa:

  • El Centro de Capacitación dentro de la Iniciativa de Trabajadores de Salud Comunitarios (CHWI) está aprobado por el Departamento Estatal de Servicios de Salud de Texas (DSHS) para brindar el curso de certificación de 160 horas requerido para obtener la certificación como CHW en el Estado de Texas.
  • El Centro de capacitación de CHW de la Universidad de Houston también está aprobado para proporcionar horas de educación continua hacia la renovación de CHW e instructores de CHW. Las horas de educación continua en español también están disponibles.
  • Para el verano de 2022, el Centro de Capacitación de CHW tendrá más de 405 nuevos CHW certificados desde que comenzó en 2018.

Spring 2024 graduation

We are excited to announce our commencement speaker for the CHW Spring 2024 graduation, Barbie Robinson, MPP, JD, CHC, the Executive Director for Harris County Public Health (HCPH). Robinson has been recognized for leading collaborative efforts to address health disparities, health improvement and health equity throughout her career. She currently sits on a number of national and regional governance bodies including the Co-Chair Representative on the Steering Committee of The Way Home Continuum of Care, the lead agency to prevent and end homelessness in the Greater Houston Area. Prior to her appointment with HCPH, she served as director of Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) for five years while concurrently serving as the interim executive director of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission for the last 16 months of her tenure with the county. Robinson has over 27 years of experience in health care administration, policy and research. Before Sonoma County, she worked at the Federal level at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for 15 years overseeing the administration of Federal healthcare programs, including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Medicare Fee-for-Service program, and the Affordable Care Act. She held numerous leadership positions at CMS, including associate regional administrator (ARA) of the San Francisco and Atlanta Regional Offices Division of Financial Management & Fee-for-Service Operations and lead ARA for Program Integrity for the 10 operating divisions of the Medicare Fee for Service Operations. Her leadership earned her the Administrator’s Achievement Award in 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Arts with a triple major (Political Science, Spanish and International Sociology) from Middlebury College, her Master of Public Policy, Health and Social Policy from Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, and her Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School. She was admitted to the California Bar in 2000.
Barbie Robinson
Date: Friday May 10, 2024
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST
4455 University Dr, Houston, TX 77204
Location: Univesity of Houston, Main Campus
Building: Student Center South
Fecha: Viernes 10 de mayo de 2024
Hora: 2:00 p.m. a 4:00 p.m. CST
4455 University Dr, Houston, TX 77204
Ubicación: Universidad de Houston, campus principal
Edificio: Student Center South

Past Graduations

  • 2023 Fall Graduation


    We are thrilled to announce that this past fall, we celebrated the graduation of 90 exceptional students. It is with great pride that we acknowledge their hard work and dedication, and we wish them success in their future endeavors. Our graduates have proven themselves in both our on-site location, CFC, and our online platform.
    We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed commencement speaker, María L. De León, MD. Dr. De León is a fellowship trained movement disorder specialist as well as an avid research advocate. Over the last two decades, she has spent most of it her time championing women’s issues and setting ground for understanding gender differences in neurological diseases, particularly that of Parkinson's. Maria has been instrumental in the development of “Women and PD initiative”  and she is the award-winning author of “Parkinson’s Diva.” Part of her advocacy work is also attempting to decrease the disparity in healthcare treatment among minorities work as a Parkinson’s Research Advocates, collaborating with the MRCT Center to establish a guide on “diversity for clinical trials” for NIH. She was part of the PD Foundation PDGENEration Hispanic Advisory Board  and has worked with MJFox  public policy forum for more than a decade winning the Public Policy Award in 2021. Her inspiring words and valuable insights left a lasting impact on our graduates, and we were honored to have had her as our speaker.

    We would also like to take a moment to express our gratitude to all the family and friends who have supported our graduates throughout their educational journey. Your unwavering encouragement, love, and guidance have played an integral role in their success. We recognize and appreciate the sacrifices you have made to help them achieve their goals.

    Once again, congratulations to our graduating students, and thank you to everyone who has contributed to their success. We are proud to have such a supportive community that values education and the growth of our students.
  • 2023 Spring Graduation


    In Spring 2023 we graduated 63 new Community Health Worker students from our on-site location, CFC, and our online platform. We also would like to thank our commencement speaker, Denise A Hernandez, Ph.D. MPH, CHWI who is the Executive Director of the DFW Community Health Worker Initiative and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Information. Congratulations graduates!

  • 2022 Graduation