New England Public Health Training Center

Introduction to HIPAA for CHWs

This is an all levels course offering CPH, CHES, and MCHES — Free
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By the nature of their role, community health workers manage sensitive information about clients and communities. Community health worker practice relies on laws and protocols to guide their decisions about how to handle client information. One of the most important laws established to protect the privacy and confidentiality of health information is commonly referred to as HIPAA, also known as Health Insurance Portability Act. Note: If working in a HIPAA covered organization this training is only an introduction and you may still be required to attend HIPAA training through your employer. Not all organizations are HIPAA covered entities.

What You'll Learn

  • Define HIPAA
  • List key components of protected health information
  • Identify at least three circumstances where CHWs apply HIPAA during their workday
  • Recognize one circumstance when you have an obligation to report HIPAA covered information

Competency Terms


Related Occupations

Community Health Worker
Health Educator
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit

Related Job Tasks

Assure an effective system that enables equitable access to the individual services and care needed to be healthy
Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it
Strengthen, support, and mobilize communities and partnerships to improve health