Date of Submission

Fall 11-23-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Dr. Elena Capella

Second Advisor

Dr. Francine Serafin-Dickson



Introduction: Community health workers (CHWs) are a group of health care workers that work with underserved populations in rural areas. Community health workers seldom require any formal education for their role, which may cause disparities in the information they present to the populations they serve.

Problem: Underserved communities contain many low-income and marginalized populations that do not have access to adequate healthcare. Healthcare provider shortages can be particularly severe, leaving residents without access to primary care and emergency services from physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals.

Aim/Objective: The purpose of the article is to propose a framework for developing an educational curriculum that will be useful in training community health workers. The proposed framework will be the Health Belief Model.

Solutions: An understanding of HIPPA and cultural competence should be imparted through training. Other training that should be included are aspects of culture which may also impact a community health worker's performance.

Conclusion: Providing standardized training will increase awareness of racial and ethnic disparities in health care among the CHWs and serve as a bridge in the current educational gap.

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Nursing Commons