Community Health Advocate Program

Course: Community Health Advocate Program

Audience: Those over the age of 21 who want to serve as a lay advocate in the community
Method: In-person Instructor-led
Duration: 8 weeks (meets weekly)

This program provides training to lay volunteers in Omaha who want to become health advocates within their communities. You’ll learn about prevention, identification and treatment of chronic disease and gain the tools you need to navigate the health care system. As a community health advocate, you’ll help improve the health of your community.

Candidates for the Community Health Advocate Program must:

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be able to read, write and understand English at a 6th grade level or above
  • Be willing to undergo the training by Creighton University, the Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs Department, the Center for Promoting Health and Health Equity and its annual continuing education program
  • Be reliable and dependable


Participants will be prepared to be community health advocates within their communities and expand their understanding of:

  • Community health advocate values and qualities
  • Health disparities
  • Chronic diseases
  • Health literacy
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Basic anatomy
  • Vital signs
  • Navigating the health care system
  • Public safety strategies
  • Cultural humility