Harper College

Community Health Worker

Help where it's needed most

Community health workers provide a link between the community, healthcare practitioners and social services professionals. In addition to direct care, community health workers also participate in community-based education, advocacy, policy and change efforts to improve comprehensive healthcare delivery. Community health workers play a significant role in serving our diverse communities.

Students in the Community Health Worker Program at Harper College are trained in such areas as case management, medical terminology, community health, and working with diverse populations. The program prepares students for community health positions such as community health advocates, lay health educators, community health representatives, patient navigators, and promotores de salud. The program is ideal for those seeking immediate employment in the community health field, or pursuing additional education.


Dr. Pardess Mitchell

Phone: 847.925.6097
Office: M2413
Courses: CHW 101, 210 & HED 206

Dr. Jennifer E. Bell

Phone: 847.925.6418
Office: D161c
Adult Education Development 
Courses: CHW Integrated Support Class

Dr. Alina Pajtek

Phone: 847.925.6670
Office: D153a
Courses: LNG 225

Susan Schanowski

Program Coordinator / Adjunct Faculty Level II
Phone: 847.925.6000
Office: M2416
Courses: HED 200 & KIN 202

Brianne Mangione

Adjunct Faculty Level II
Phone: 847.925.6441
Office: M2416
Courses: KIN 202

Additional programs

For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700.

Last Updated: 4/8/24