YMCA of Central Ohio

Community Connector

The Celebrate One Community Connectors Corps program is designed to promote integrated health care and serve disconnected women in eight (8) high priority Columbus, OH neighborhood that face higher rates of infant mortality and other health inequities. The program identifies and trains local residents as Community Health Workers (CHW) who work within these target neighborhoods with the goal of reducing infant mortality over the next three years.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include the following, other duties may be assigned:
Identify and engage women/families to schedule prenatal/primary care appointments.

Refer women to services that address basic needs and needs for new infants (cribs, food and/or housing insecurity, etc) so that women can focus on their health and their family’s well-being.

Follow up with families to make sure they are connected to services and that barriers or access issues experienced by the families are documented and addressed.

Inform partners about gaps in services for residents.

Validate pathways for residents that lead to positive birth outcomes in our neighborhoods.


12-14 weeks of paid Community Health Worker training at OSU College of Nursing.

130 hours of practicum experience at agency.

Upon successful completion of CHW training, between 936 and 1,070 hours of part-time, paid work experience at agency.

A minimum of 24 hours per week.

Participation in monthly skill-building trainings at Columbus Public Health.

Hold a GED or equivalent.

Completion of a drug screen and background check as required by the Ohio Board of Nursing for a Community Health Worker certification.

Attendance at a completion ceremony.

Branches for Application Submission:

Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA
Hilltop YMCA
North YMCA
Van Buren Center