Pharmacy Centric


  • Now Enrolling for 2023!
  • August 22 to December 12
  • Tuesdays 6pm – 8pm CT
  • Scholarships are available! 

Community Health Workers are an important resource for communities, connecting individuals and families to services and information they need.

·         Community Health Workers (CHWs) are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of the community served. This trusting relationship enables CHWs to serve as a liaison between health & social services to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

·         CHWs also build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through various activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy.


·         Community Health Workers are increasingly recognized for their powerful potential role in improving the health care system. Recent studies have demonstrated that CHWs can help to reduce costs and improve care – key goals of most states’ health care priorities.


  • Enhance and expand patient care
  • Elevate the patient experience at your pharmacy
  • Equip yourself to be a service differentiator
  • Increase efficiencies in workflow
  • Operate at top of your licenses
  • Address health equity issues in your community
  • Engage in practical service learning
  • Earn ACPE Continuing Education credit


  • This training course is a 16-week commitment
  • Classes are held every Tuesday evening from 6PM-8PM CST
  • Trainees must follow the course attendance policy; only two absences are allowed with approval by the instructor
  • Applications accepted July 17 through August 7
  • Scholarships awarded the week of August 14
  • Cohort begins Tuesday, August 22


  • This 16-week certification training course is valued at more than $1300
  • Full scholarships are available
  • Please review the required criteria listed below prior to submitting an application for enrollment

About The

Certificate Course

Throughout the 16-week certificate course, you’ll participate in topic discussions, engage in shadowing experiences, complete patient case reviews, and build a community resource binder that will serve as a toolkit for your work as a Community Health Worker. As part of this course, you’ll complete 60 hours of service or experiential learning related to your studies.

  • Pharmacy Technicians who complete this course will learn to:
  • Effectively communicate with patients
  • Identify and connect with local community resources
  • Provide patient education
  • Document patient encounters
  • Oversee referral processes, including follow-up and monitoring

Read the Reviews

"Being a CHW, I have learned more about disparities. As a technician, we can see medication savings for them but we may be unable to take the extra step to identify alternative cost savings and resolve gaps in care (by referring for classes such as blood pressure or diabetes). As a technician/CHW, I can fill medications and also help impact patients’ health long term. I am not a CHW 1 day and a technician the next day, I am always a CHW/Tech. When I call a doctor’s office, saying “I am a CHW for this patient” they are able to understand and address the given need that may not directly involve medications."

Michell P.

"I would recommend the Certificate Training Course because there is a lot of material that is covered as far as recognizing what your scope is. There is a lot of helpful information with subjects that may come up that are touchy, that as a technician you may not hear about much or know how to address. I enjoy knowing that customers are aware that you try to do everything you can instead of just doing what is required and sending them on their way. I appreciate the many “thank yous” we get from our customers."

Erika J.

"As a CHW, I have learned to teach patients about high blood pressure. I learned how to take blood pressure and what the numbers mean. I have shown patients how to take their blood pressure, record it, and educate patients on the importance of taking their medications. Additionally, I have received training to teach a class, “Walk with Ease”. This class is designed for patients with pain or arthritis to help cope with their pain by walking. It provides you with goals to aim for and teaches you how to exercise and stretch properly, along with the dos and don’ts of exercising. I am preparing for my first class. I am excited and ready to get started!”

Robin S.

Meet The Course Coordinators

Ashley Stone, PharmD

Education Coordinator, Missouri Pharmacy Association

Jake Galdo, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP

Director of Education, CEimpact


  • Hold an active (unexpired) nationally certified pharmacy technician credential issued by PTCB or ExCPT
  • Active employment at an independent community pharmacy (and an ability to maintain active employment)
  • Provide a verifiable NCPDP number from the CHW applicant’s primary pharmacy practice site
  • Submit an active email address for a “dedicated supporter” (pharmacist, pharmacy manager, or owner) who will engage with the CHW candidate and provide resources and support for the candidate for the entire length of the program, including any post-reporting or inquiries from program administrators (“dedicated supporters” will be emailed a letter of attestation requiring review and signature)
  • Commit to and attend all weekly live scheduled sessions held on a recurring day and time (Tuesday evenings from 6PM-8PM CST) – no more than 2 unexcused absences will be allowed
  • Provide any required contact and demographic information
  • Agree to receiving program emails, texts, and other communications to ensure on-going engagement with the program to assist in continuous improvement of the program and amplification of the impact that the program has in local communities
  • Participate in on-going reporting of outcomes and benefits
  • Have access to a computer, tablet, or other device with a camera, microphone, speakers, and internet access to facilitate active engagement during live sessions


  • Disclosure Statement: Financial support was provided for this program through an unrestricted educational grant from McKesson. McKesson/Health Mart affiliation is not required to be considered for a scholarship.
  • Disclaimer: CEimpact will process all applications received and internally review to determine baseline eligibility. To prioritize access to the financially-supported CHW training, additional criteria will be utilized at the discretion of CEimpact to award scholarships.