Community Health Care Worker Program at OUZ

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Ohio University Zanesville will be the host to a free community health worker program.

The program will allow 20 people from the community to come, learn and matriculate into the healthcare field in less than a year. The program is approaching quickly, but Heather Sands-Davis, the Manager of Campus Communications, said that it is a great opportunity even if you currently have a job.

“The program starts on August 22nd and it is a hybrid model so you can attend virtually, and there’s a handful of in person sessions so that way you can participate and also if you’re currently in the workforce or looking for employment, its a great opportunity to expand your knowledge,” said Sands-Davis.

Upon completion of the program, participants will have gained over 100 hours of clinical content and will be eligible for Ohio Board of Nursing certification. The university anticipates that the program will be great for the community and beyond.

“I think that anyone in the community would be a great candidate for this program. If we’re just looking for someone who really wants to get involved in the healthcare world or someone who wants to make an impact in their community. We see the need everyday for people working in the healthcare industry,” she said.

There will be an informational session for people who would like to learn more on August 1st and 4th. The sign up for that session can be found at

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