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Center for Community Health Education Research & Services
  • 360 Huntington Avenue, 222 YMCBoston, MA 02115
  • 617-373-8466
  • Vocational Skills Training
HEART Home Health Aide Training
Program activities:

The Heart Home Health Aide training program is a 6-week (120-hour) home health aide certificate training program designed to prepare participants to work as home health aides in an agency. The program consists of three essential components.

Home Health Aide Training:  In the Home Health Aide training component of the program, participants are taught the skills and knowledge they need to become Home Health Aides through the ABC’s of Direct Care curriculum (60 hours) and the Home Health Aide Add-On Training curriculum (15 hours) with a nurse, developed by the Home Care Aid Council. Both skills training and didactic knowledge training are presented in a balance of hands-on skills, examples, case studies, small group work, and discussions. Participants have a workbook to use to review materials and take notes. They also have access to the new online state program through the Mass Office of Elder Affairs.

Trauma-Informed job readiness skills training: Mothers for Justice and Equality’s (MJE) “You Matter” program is a pre-employment leadership program designed to develop and strengthen participants’ readiness for work and training. Through instruction, reflection, small group and individual work, participants work closely with the staff to identify barriers that may impact their success in training and as they transition to work. The program is conducted using a main facilitator and other MJE staff who work in small groups with participants to dig deeper into the issues and barriers they may face during their transition to work. These staff members also work individually with participants on life issues that need more attention. This may include case management for domestic violence, housing and emergency funds and food for those in need. During this program participants are assigned weekly tasks to do as homework and work in small groups to process the tasks and develop a future vision. The program has used case studies developed specifically for our trainees to assist with understanding and responding to situations that may come up with clients and agency staff. The program concludes with individuals working with MJE staff to craft an action plan and vision board for moving forward. MJE is an essential partner in the program. The program allows individual issues to surface and MJE staff are there to work with participants to address some of the issues they are facing. Once the 8-week program finishes, participants are then members of the MJE community and are invited to participate in their monthly offerings as well as to access their support services.

Supportive Aide Certificates: The program also offers two additional supportive care certificates in Alzheimer’s and Mental Health. Each certificate is a 12-hour program (via Zoom) that provides a more in-depth look at Alzheimer’s and Mental Health. Participants who earn these certificates are better prepared to work with clients who present with these challenges.

The HEART Home Health Aide Training program is offered in partnership with the Home Care Aide Council (HCAC), which awards the HHA certificate to those successfully completing the training.

INTERESTED IN APPLYING?  Those interested in applying to the program must attend an online information session prior to submitting an application. HEART screens applicants and schedules interviews for eligible participants.  Interviews are conducted jointly by HEART and an employer partner who makes the final determination about enrollment in the training and agrees to offer employment to those who are awarded an HHA certificate, with employment expected to begin with weeks of the participant receiving their HHA Certificate.

Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Program focuses recruitment to reach low income unemployed and underemployed residents of public and publicly assisted housing in the greater Roxbury area of Boston and adjacent neighborhoods.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 12
Total hours: 20.5
Program duration: 6 weeks
Rolling Admission: No
Number of cycles: 5
Program start dates: 5/20/24, 9/16/24
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9:30am-2:30pmHome Health Aide Training ( Didactic)
9:30am-12:30pm; 1:00pm-4:00pmHome Health Aide Clinical
10:00am-12:00pmMothers for Justice (for 4 weeks)
10:00am-4:00pmSupportive care training
Other Schedule Information: 12 hours of additional class time for homework/testing. 99 hours didactic and hands-on clinic skill plus 8 hours Job Readiness at MJE
Is the program offered remotely? Hybrid
Is public transportation available? No

Location information:

5 Dudley Street, Roxbury MA 02119The site is in Nubian Square and is accessible by public transportation.
Additional information about location:

Trauma-informed job readiness skills training and didactic program is offered online on ZOOM for 4 weeks. Hands-on skills training is provided in person at 5 Dudley Street, Roxbury MA 02119.

Program requirements: CORI check, Immunizations/Health Records
Program is CORI friendly? No
Anticipated outcomes: Home Health Aide Certificate is issued to those successfully complete the program. Employers work with HEART to screen and select program participants and hire participants who obtain HHA certificate
Other outcomes: Stackable Credential(s), Employment/Promotion, Industry skills gain

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
T-Passes are provided for in person portion of training
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
Tablets provided for those without computer access
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Not applicable
Other, please explain: T-Pass and lunch card for in-person component

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Karena Longo
Telephone: 857-303-9047
Program code: CCH-VT-HHA
ABAWD Qualifying? No