The Community Health Workers – Advocate! Navigate! Educate! (CHW-ANE) service year is a collaboration between the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, the College of Nursing, and College Now. CHW-ANE corps member will be trained as Community Health Workers, which will improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of care by assisting patients with self-management of chronic illnesses, medication adherence, and navigation of the health care system. This training, in concert with your service will provide you with real-world experience, which will differentiate you from other students.

The service year is designed to complement students’ academic courses, provide them with the skills, knowledge and abilities to work as a Community Health Worker, and most importantly, differentiate them as a leader in the community. The program has been carefully designed to provide students with experiential learning, leadership skills, and the opportunity to become a certified Community Health Worker – a trifecta of engaged learning!


Any student who wants to differentiate himself or herself as a community leader.

Are you interested in serving your community? Are you interested in public health? Well this program is for YOU! We are interested in a diverse group of students who aspire to be change agents in the community while enriching their academics through an integrative learning experience. Preference is given to students majoring in Nursing, but students majoring in Portuguese, Spanish, or Sociology are encouraged to apply.


Students selected to participate in the CHW-ANE service year will perform 1,060 hours of service during the academic year (including the summer). In the fall, CHW corps members will receive 80 hours of CHW training and receive three credits. In the January intersession, which is three weeks, students will perform 40 hours of service per week times three weeks equals 120 hours of service and receive three credits. In the spring semester, students will perform 20 hours of service per week for 13 weeks totaling 260 hours and receive three credits. In the summer semester, students will perform 36 hours of service per week for 14 weeks totaling 540 hours of service and receive three credits. Students will perform a total of 1,000 hours of service during their service year.


Students will receive a tuition waiver for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters and a small living allowance for 12 months. But most importantly, students will apply broad integrative knowledge while integrating that knowledge to respond to community needs.

How to Apply

Students can apply in the spring semester. Students will be selected in late April and notified of their acceptance into the CHW-ANE by May 1.