New England Public Health Training Center

Introduction to HIPAA for Community Health Workers (CHWs)

This is an introductory course offering CHES and CPH — Free
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1.00 hour


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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

After completing this course, you will be able to...

  • 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

Communication Skills
Cultural Competency Skills

Related Occupations

Business Support - Accountant/Fiscal
Clerical Personnel - Administrative Assistant
Community Health Worker
Health Educator
Human Resources Personnel
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse

Related Job Tasks

Obtain information, specimens, or samples
Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
Ensure competent public and personal health care workforce
Organizational management and administration