The Lay Health Worker Training is designed to give individuals the knowledge, skills, and resources to promote healthy behaviors and prevention practices within their community. The program enhances knowledge and leadership skills amongst participants using an evidenced-based curriculum, innovative games and activities, and capacity building opportunities. The curriculum imparts knowledge about the Healthy People 2020 objectives focused for this project.



Philadelphia Ujima trains teachers, afterschool administrators, social workers, and others professionals to promote health among one of our most vulnerable assets…our youth.  The training equips individuals with the skills and resources to incorporate a number of fun, health-driven, and motivating activities around nutrition and fitness into their existing classroom curricula. Click here for more information Teacher/ Youth Lay Health Worker Training Program Introduction Packet



This training is for medical, post-bachelors, public health and other students interested in health education and promotion. The training provides students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and core competencies needed to facilitate health education workshops and interactive activities for youth and adults in the areas of areas of chronic disease (hypertension, diabetes, heart disease) nutrition, physical fitness, sexual health, healthy relationships and the role of gender in health. Students build skills in preventative health outreach and education, motivational interviewing, and resource navigation.



Ujima is a vibrant community participatory model that utilizes ecological, self-management, chronic disease model approaches. Its effective patient engagement program expands access to health education, self-directed learning and community support to reduce disparities, improve outcomes, and promote advocacy among underserved and vulnerable populations across the lifespan. The model uses adult education and educational theory to promote shared decision-making and learning and includes strategies to deal with the complex lives of individuals, specifically women and girls.  It focuses on the strengths rather than the deficits and is consistent with trauma-informed theories. It utilizes innovative educational social marketing strategies to engage individuals. Lastly, the health program includes strategies to increase the effectiveness of health understanding and health literacy, health navigation, self-confidence and optimism in taking charge of health and identifying credible resources for getting information and services.