Learning activity maps for community health worker training

Katherine A English, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Community Health Workers (CHWs) are important to the public health workforce, thus it may be beneficial to examine the type of training they receive to ensure that it provides them with the knowledge and skills needed to promote community health. This paper examined learning activities used in the University of Texas School of Public Health's (UTSPH) CHW trainings to assess which activities involved sufficient levels of learning, as denoted in Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, to promote long-term retention of knowledge and skills. The methods of the project included compiling learning activities used by UTSPH CHW training programs and creating a Learning Activities Map (LAM) for each activity. Each LAM used Bloom's Taxonomy to determine the levels of thinking required for each learning activity. Learning activities were also examined to determine the Theoretical Methods that were being operationalized. Each LAM included possible methods of assessment for the learning activity as a potential method for instructors to determine whether the participants had mastered what was intended from the activity. Those activities requiring higher levels of learning were considered to be most effective. It is recommended that, whenever possible, CHW trainings include multiple types of activities that require higher levels of thinking in order to ensure effectiveness.

Subject Area

Public Health Education|Public health

Recommended Citation

English, Katherine A, "Learning activity maps for community health worker training" (2014). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1566316.