Tufts Community Health Workers Engaging in Integrated Care (COHERE)

Learn more and apply to COHERE here!

Apply to the COHERE Program

We are now accepting applications for Track 1 (new CHW trainees) applicants for Fall 2024! Applications must be submitted by June 30th, 2024, 8pm EST to be considered. Apply by clicking on this link.

The fall cohort runs from Saturday, August 24 – Saturday, November 9th. Details on the schedule can be found here.

Note: At this time, we are only accepting applications for Track 1. All tracks will be offered in the Spring, 2025.

Learn more about the different tracks within the COHERE training program.

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

Tufts Community Health Workers Engaging in Integrated Care (COHERE) is a program to train Tufts’ neighboring community members that have been economically and socially marginalized to become community health workers (CHWs). Our efforts aim 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 linguistic capacity and representation of marginalized identities within the health care workforce serving 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 Co-Founders of Tufts COHERE are Kimberly Dong and Fernando Ona.

Highlights from our first annual COHERE Symposium, October 2023!

Learn more about our 2023 symposium speakers here: Tufts 2023 COHERE Symposium Speakers
Thank you to our generous donors: Fuji at Kendall, Legal Seafoods, Luiyishou Hotpot, Tuscan Kitchen, and Whole Foods
Photographs of the 2023 symposium by Peter Gumaskas

Meet COHERE’s Community Partners.
Meet the COHERE Team.
Meet some of the previous COHERE Trainees.

2024 COHERE Trainees with Boston EMS completing CPR training
Read about the graduation ceremony for COHERE’s inaugural class in May.

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