Norton Sound Health Corporation

Health Aide Training Center

The Health Aide Training Center offers classroom and hands-on training to village residents from around the state who want to become or are already working as community health aides. The center is one of four in the state. Trainers help maintain the quality of patient care by reviewing health aide charts and medical standing orders.

The Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) consists of a network of approximately 550 Community Health Aides/Practitioners (CHA/Ps) in over 170 rural Alaska villages. CHA/Ps work within the guidelines of the Alaska Community Health Aide/Practitioner Manual in assessing and referring members of their communities who seek medical care and consultation. Alaska CHA/Ps are the frontline of healthcare in their communities.

The Community Health Aide Program also consists of 4 basic training centers, one of which is stationed with Norton Sound Health Corporation in Nome, Alaska. NSHC Health Aide Training Center offers classroom and hands-on training to village residents from around the state who want to become or are already working as community health aides. Trainers help maintain the quality of patient care by reviewing health aide charts and medical standing orders in compliance of their scope of practice according to the Alaska Community Health Aide/Practitioner Manual. Basic Training in the Community Health Program consists of successfully passing four session trainings that are three to four weeks long in the classroom and clinical expectations before providing patient care in the communities.