This Community Health Navigation A.A.S. degree program prepares you to enter the workforce as a community health navigator or continue your education in a variety of community health, social services and allied health fields.
Community health navigators educate, motivate and empower their clients. Working under licensed health care professionals, community health navigators serve as a liaison between clients and the health care system. They work in the community directly with patients, providers and other health care professionals to connect clients with services and provide support for those navigating the health care landscape.
In this two-year degree program, you will acquire a broad base of knowledge that spans health care, community health, health insurance, human services, health literacy and chronic diseases. You will develop critical skills that allow you to become an advocate for the population you serve, and you will gain a deep understanding of community health and the overall health care system. You will be able to share this knowledge to assist and empower your clients to gain the appropriate health resources, with an aim toward reducing hospitalizations and improving quality of life.
A Community Health Navigation certificate program also is available for students who have some background in a health care field and have completed coursework in a related area.
This program is offered by the Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine Department.
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- Hudson Valley Community College's Community Health Navigation degree and certificate programs are the only ones of their kind in New York State.
- According to a recent survey, there is a demand in the Capital Region for those who possess the skills offered by this program. Both the Alliance for Better Health Care (Ellis Medicine, St. Peter's Health Partners and St. Mary's Health care, Amsterdam) and Albany Medical Center's Better Health For Northeastern New York have elaborated the need for qualified trained community health navigators.
Career and Transfer Opportunities
You may choose to enter the workforce immediately or continue your studies at a four-year institution. Transfer pathways are in place for bachelor's degree programs in Social Welfare with the University at Albany, Healthcare Management at Maria College or Excelsior College's Health Sciences or Public Health programs.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for this occupation is $37,330 to $41,170 per year.
Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation include Individual and Family Services; Local Government; Outpatient Care Centers; General Medical and Surgical Hospitals; and Offices of Physicians.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job market for Community Health Workers (including community health educators) will continue to grow at the faster-than-average rate of 13 percent from 2014-2024, with an anticipated growth of approximately 15,600 jobs over that time.
The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.
Program Intended Outcomes
- You will describe chronic diseases and the management of those diseases most frequently encountered by health care navigators.
- You will discuss how to access the community services available to their clients.
- You will discuss health insurance programs as they apply to their clients.
- You will be able to successfully educate, motivate and empower clients.
- You will be able to accurately document and communicate their client's needs to other members of inter-professional teams.
- You will be able to demonstrate cultural sensitivity in client interactions.
- You will describe individualized health plans.
- You will discuss the navigator's role as a member of an inter-professional team.
For more information regarding this program, please contact:
Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine Department
400 Jordan Rd., Suite B (second floor)
For more information about admission to this program, please contact:
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223