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Archival Content: 1999-2005

Training Doing the Work

Community Health Awareness Group (CHAG)

What is CHAG?

Founded in 1985, CHAG is Michigan’s largest and most comprehensive non-profit community-based HIV/AIDS and drug abuse service organization. CHAG is committed to reducing the transmission of HIV among African-American substance users. CHAG staffers work with other local organizations to provide street outreach services throughout Detroit and surrounding areas.

The agency provides HIV education and prevention case management services, rapid testing services, distributes sterile syringes and condoms, helps drug users obtain substance abuse teatment, and helps people who test positive for HIV get into care immediately.

What outreach worker training does CHAG provide?

CHAG trains outreach workers through a 3-day course called CORE. This course is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Community Health. It focuses on the skills that outreach workers need to be successful in working with high-risk community residents—community observation, communication, and engagement and recruitment skills.

The course consists of lectures, exercises, demonstrations, and skills-building role-plays. Trainees also go out into the community with a trained supervisor to practice their new outreach skills. Outreach workers are now required to take the CORE training course to receive certification from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

CHAG also has developed short surveys to help staff and supervisors determine their need for CORE training. These surveys may be useful to other outreach groups as well.

Staff CORE training needs assessmentLink to a PDF Document

Supervisor CORE training needs assessmentLink to a PDF Document

Where can I learn more about CHAG and CORE?

Community Health Awareness Group (CHAG)
1300 West Fort Street
Detroit , Michigan
Tel. for CHAG (313) 963-3434
Tel. for CORE (313) 872-2424

The following article, from the Spring 2004 issue of CHAG’s Village Drum newsletter, describes the organization’s outreach worker training progam.

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