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Tufts Community Health Workers Engaging in Integrated Care (COHERE) is a program to train Tufts’ neighboring BIPOC community members to become community health workers (CHWs) to support community capacity building and health systems strengthening. The overall mission for Tufts COHERE is to increase the diversity of community members that become CHWs to promote health equity and improve health care access in underserved communities. Our commitment is to improve the racial, ethnic, and linguistic representation of the health care workforce in our neighborhoods.

CHWs have a deep understanding of the communities they serve and bridge members of their communities to health care and social services. CHWs play a significant role in improving the quality of and access to health care, providing cultural understanding, and enhancing communication between communities and health care services. CHSP recently published a report on the importance of CHWs within patient-centered, transdisciplinary primary care models.

The Tufts COHERE program is approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Certification of Community Health Workers as a certified training program as of August 2022 and received funding from HRSA to provide this training.

The program is housed within the Center for Health Systems and Policy (CHSP) at Tufts University School of Medicine as part of its commitment to support improvements in patient and community-centered health care, transform care delivery, and address health inequities.

The COHERE program is working with diverse community partners and advisors from Black, Latinx, and Asian American communities.

  • Program Director: Kimberly Dong Breen, DrPH, MS, RD, LDN
  • Associate Director: Fernando Ona, PhD, MPH, MSW, MDiv, LCSW
  • Program Coordinators: Tara Ahmadi, MD, MPH and Amanda Yuan, BA
  • CHW Trainer/Educator: Josep Vicente, BA
  • Community Liaison and Instructor: Albert Pless, MS

Meet some of the recent COHERE Trainees.

For any questions about the program, please contact us at cohere@tufts.edu.

Apply to the COHERE Program

Learn more about the role of CHWs from our very own Pep Vicente.

Application process for our Spring 2023 training programs is now closed.

Funding provided by the Tufts Public Health Program and HRSA Grant #T29HP46737.