To maximize the voices of Community Health Workers and strengthen the profession’s capacity to achieve healthy, equitable communities throughout South Carolina.


Health and Equity for all South Carolinians.


Certified Community Health Workers (CHWs) are frontline health workers, certified in accordance with the South Carolina state-approved certification process. Although CHWs may have diverse job titles, they are trusted members of the community they are serving and/or have a thorough understanding of the community, and are committed to addressing the health needs of the individuals with whom they are working. This trusting relationship permits CHWs to connect individuals to health care and social service resources in the community and to improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. CHWs have the capability to address social determinants of health in order to improve health outcomes of the individuals they are serving. CHWs build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach to individuals in their environment, community education, counseling, social support and advocacy.


The final CHW Grandfathering/Grandmothering review course and exam will be offered Oct 3 and 4, 2019 from 9-5 at Midlands Tech, and will be facilitated by Julie Smithwick, Director of the USC Arnold School of Public Health Community Health Worker Institute. In order to apply for this course, interested CHWs must prove that they have worked in a CHW role for 3 years full-time, or the equivalent of 3 full-time years. Interested CHWs should send both the following to Micah Norman at normanm@midlandstech.edu by September 20, 2019:

Your resume/CV AND
Letters from each employer (or volunteer supervisor) where you’ve worked or volunteered as a CHW that clearly state your role or scope as a CHW (what did you do in that role), whether you worked full-time or part-time, and the exact dates you worked for each organization.

If you need more clarity on the CHW scope of practice, please see page 22 of this document: http://www.chwcentral.org/sites/default/files/CHW%20C3%20Project.pdf

Once accepted, the course will cost $400 which includes the cost of the exam.

If you do not qualify for the grandparenting process, and are interested in being a certified CHW in SC, you will need to take the full CHW course. More details about where/how to take those will be available in the coming months.
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The association provides a forum for networking, sharing of strategies and resources, and a foundation for education.


SCCHWA Membership promotes the improvement of population health in the communities of South Carolina.



A certification with SCCHWA provides opportunities for furthering knowledge, skills, and formal education.


Learn more about the various resources available to you as a member of SC Community Health Worker Association.