Nelson Community Wellness Alliance secures $3 million grant for workforce training program

LOVINGSTON, Virginia. – A community health worker training program will come to Nelson County, thanks to a three million dollar grant.

On Tuesday, the Nelson Community Wellness Alliance announced the major grant from the Health Services and Resource Administration to implement a community health worker training program in Nelson County.

The program will help prepare people in Nelson County and surrounding areas to prepare for careers as community health workers, leaders said.

According to the NCWA, community health workers play a role in connecting people to services to improve their health outcomes by providing advocacy, education and support.

“We are excited about the resources this will bring to the county. This program will provide ongoing support to help each participant achieve their goals,” said Alliance Founder Stephanie Martin.

Leaders said the program will provide the training necessary for certification as a community health worker, in addition to additional training relevant to the position. Participants will also have access to “enabling services,” which they claim help reduce barriers and increase access to social services.

The apprenticeships will allow program participants to gain hands-on, on-the-job experience and meet state certification requirements, leaders said.

The NCWA said it will begin accepting applications for the program in December. Learn more at www.NelsonAlliance.org.

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Michael A. Bynum