• Contact Us

    For CHW certification questions:
    (512) 776-2570; or
    (512) 776-2624

    For Instructor or Training Program certification questions:
    (512) 776-3860; or
    (512) 776-2208

    General inquiries:
    Email the CHW program

    Fax: (512) 776-7658

    Mailing address:
    Texas Department of State Health Services
    P.O. Box 149347, MC1922
    Attn: CHW Training and Certification Program
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

Announcements and Reports

  • The Promotor(a) or CHW Training and Certification Advisory Committee developed questions for a survey in English and Spanish to explore CHWs' perspectives on the benefits and challenges of certification.  The survey was implemented in 2015 and in 2016, the final reports are now available for review.

  • Newly certified CHWs receive a "Frequently Asked Questions" insert with their initial approval packet.  The insert is also available in Spanish, "Preguntas frecuentes".
  • The new adopted rules for the Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program 25 Texas Administrative Code, §§146.1-146.8,  implemented on  June 24, 2015.
  • 2/2015- Talking Points – Key facts and current certification information for the Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program.
  • 1/7/2013 - Health and Safety Code, Chapter 48, was amended through HB2610, 82nd Legislature, Regular Session. Amended rules for the Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program to comply with changes in Chapter 48 were published in the Texas Register on December 23, 2011. DSHS, in conjunction with the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), conducted a study required by HB2610 and developed recommendations related to: maximizing employment of and access to promotores and community health workers to provide publicly and privately funded health care services; and identifying methods of funding and reimbursement. The Texas Community Health Worker Study report has been submitted to the Texas Legislature.

CHW Training & Certification Program Annual Reports

The Annual Report of the Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Advisory Committee is prepared in compliance with Chapter 48, Texas Health and Safety Code, Section 48.101(c), and Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 146 . The Annual Report describes the Advisory Committee’s composition, attendance, accomplishments, and planned activities. It also provides data on certification and renewal rates, trends, curricula, and initial certification and continuing education courses. This data evaluates processes and identifies areas of strength and potential opportunities to improve training and certification of CHWs in Texas.

2016 Annual Report: Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Advisory Committee

2015 Annual Report: Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Advisory Committee

2014 Annual Report: Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Advisory Committee

2013 Annual Report: Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Advisory Committee

To request annual reports from prior years, please email chw@dshs.texas.gov 

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Last updated July 24, 2017