Delivering Tobacco Cessation Through Community Health Workers: Curriculum and Training Considerations

Fam Community Health. 2019 Jul/Sep;42(3):197-202. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000227.


Texas faces unique barriers in health status and risk behaviors such as smoking. To address tobacco use, community health workers (CHWs) are a resource for disseminating education among a population. To promote smoking cessation in Texas, there is a need for the development of a smoking cessation training program for CHWs. The National Community Health Worker Training Center used an approach with CHWs to develop a curriculum. From the curriculum development and with feedback from CHWs, 4 training courses were produced: online and in person, and in English and Spanish. The curriculum meets a need that disseminates smoking cessation strategies through peer-led, culturally relevant messages.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Workers / education*
  • Curriculum / standards*
  • Humans
  • Tobacco Use Cessation / psychology*