Kansas in one of a growing number of states who are recognizing the Community Health Worker profession through formalizing the certification process.

Strengths, Challenges, & Opportunities for Kansas Community Health Workerssupported by Wichita State University Community Engagement Institute and United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, found that integrating CHWs into care teams results in better and more appropriate access to health care, improves health outcomes, addresses gaps and equity issues in our fragmented health care system, and delivers strong return on investment at both the organization and systems levels.

  1. Background

The decision to move forward with the state-endorsed certification process is the result of workgroup recommendations within KS CHW Coalition with support from other stakeholders across the state, after much research, deliberation, and collaboration.

  • 2016 the KS CHW Coalition established. 
    • Sustainability Committee formed to research certification options.   
  • 2019, an additional workgroup convened by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, with support from the Health Forward Foundation, explored the role of Community Health Workers in Kansas, a certification process and sustainability issues, including Medicaid payment policy.
    • Recommendations made to KDHE leadership and KS CHW Coalition. 
  • January of 2022, the KS CHW Coalition held a special session to review recommendations from the Sustainability Committee and the statewide advisory group. 
    • Coalition drafted a Certification Model. 
    • Draft sent to all Coalition members for comment.
    • Full Coalition voted to adopt Amended Certification. 
  • April 4, 2022, Application for Certification open for applicants. 
  1. Application
  1. Length of Certification
  1. Background Check
  1. Exceptions
  1. Kansas CHW Registry
  1. Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)