CHW Maternal Health in the Community - 2022-24

Many maternal deaths and serious harm to moms in the United States are preventable. These poor maternal health outcomes happen for a number of reasons. These reasons are called Social Determinants of Health. They include low income, poor nutrition, and limited access to health care. Creating good maternal health and behaviors influences health throughout the life course. This happens by helping moms access resources to stay healthy and well. This course prepares Community Health Workers (CHWs) for coaching moms using these resources. The resources empower moms to protect their health before, during, and after having a baby.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for community health workers.

Learning Objectives

When you complete this module, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the components of women’s anatomy and health behaviors to support a healthy pregnancy for baby and mom.
  2. Define and discuss the global, U.S. and local maternal mortality crisis including existing health disparities. 
  3. Discuss the application of basic health literacy skills & tools to improve moms’ understanding of postnatal education.
  4. Demonstrate methods to abate the effect of low health literacy on postnatal education understanding to improve maternal outcomes.

CHW Competencies covered 

  • Knowledge Base on Specific Health Issues - 1.0 hour
  • Teaching Skills - 0.5 hour
  • Service Coordination Skills - 0.5 hour
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Community Health Worker (CHW)
  • 2.00 HSC Participation
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Primary Authors

Portrait image of Teresa Wagner


Teresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, RD/LD, CPPS, CHWI, DipACLM, CHWC
Associate Professor, Health Administration & Policy, School of Public Health
Associate Professor, Personalized Health & Well-Being, School of Health Professions
Interim Director and Clinical Executive for Health Literacy, SaferCare Texas
Director, Texas State Certified CHW/CHWI Training Program
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth


Instructional Design
Brenda Wilson, MS, CHCP
Senior Instructional Designer
CE & Assessment Department, Division of Academic Innovation, University of Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

Accreditation Statements

Community Health Workers
This activity is State Certified for 2.0 credits for community health workers.

Certificate of Attendance

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth certifies this activity for 2.0 hours of participation.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Community Health Worker (CHW)
  • 2.00 HSC Participation


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This training was supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U54MD006882. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.