Bringing Whole Person Care to the Community

San Manuel Gateway College's Community Health Workers/Promotores Program (formerly known as Promotores Academy) was founded in 2011, by a partnership between El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center and the Institute for Community Partnerships at Loma Linda University. The Academy was established to fill the gap in CHW training in our local region and to develop a much-needed workforce that is ideal for linking the community to the social and healthcare systems. Through the training, the program provides expertise in research and evidence-based curricula, workforce integration capacity building, and support in organizational readiness.

We train community health workers to foster and sustain health in their communities. Students receive training in individual and community capacity building, health promotion and disease prevention, cultural mediation, advocacy, home visitation skills, and more. The program provides ongoing support and mentorship to build professional and workforce capacity.


To be a training home of excellence for Community Health Workers/Promotores.


To strengthen the workforce capacity of Community Health Workers who promote health equity and well-being in communities.


Wholeness, Excellence, Compassion, Awareness, Respect, Empowerment (WE CARE).

Training Programs

Clinic-based Community Health Worker

The GCHW 020 specialty training program prepares CHWs to function as members of a clinical care team, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, with a case management approach to patient care. Topics include: organizational culture, HIPPA, basic medical terminology, home visitation, patient navigation, service/care coordination, motivational interviewing and goal setting.  Length of Program: 80 hours of didactic training and 200 hours practical experience. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of the Foundations training. 

Contract-based Training

The Community Health Workers/ Promotores Program offers specialty, fast-paced trainings for organizations employing or utilizing CHWs. Email for more information. 

“Being a community health worker allowed me to grow personally and develop abilities and skills that I would have not imagined possessing before. During my personal growth and the training, I realized that I could provide so much and truly help my community.”