The Academy

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The San Francisco Community Health Academy, or Academy for short, is a collective of various San Francisco-based community health education programs. Below, you will find information about each of the programs that helps form the Academy collective.

The Academy also offers a unique training program with a core curriculum aimed towards developing transferable public health skills through a racial equity lens. The Academy’s training program is a free health education program that is offered in Spanish and English and designed for community health workers and promotorxs de salud. The Academy training program centers the intersections of health disparities with a core curriculum focused on health equity. Academy facilitators come from various organizations across San Francisco, including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, San Francisco Community Health Center, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Visit our calendar to find out about upcoming events. Sign up for the Academy newsletter to stay updated on Academy community programming.

Programs of the Academy

The Community Health Leadership Initiative (CHLI) provides free training and mentorship for people who are interested in starting a career in the sexual health or substance use field. We also provide opportunities for experienced workers to mentor the future workforce.

The Frontline Organizing Group Mentor Program (FMP) is a program of CHLI. FMP is designed to build the capacity of HIV frontline workers to best support their clients by stimulating professional relationships in support of cross-agency collaboration and investing in workers’ professional development and career growth.

Please visit the CHLI homepage to learn how to get involved with CHLI and FMP. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please reach out to Katie Faulkner, CHLI Director, at

The Harm Reduction Training Institute, a collaboration between the Harm Reduction Coalition and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH), provides monthly harm reduction trainings to DPH and DPH-funded agency staff. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available from The Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI). For more information, visit HRTI’s homepage.

The STI/HIV/HCV Skills Certification Training is a five day community-building and learning experience. Throughout the week, learners will engage in rich conversations, share educational moments, participate in interactive activities, observe and perform role plays, and practice hands-on experiences that will provide them with:

  • Health information pertinent to supporting clients making informed choices regarding their STI/HIV/HCV prevention/transmission concerns
  • Basic counseling skills to assist in creating a therapeutic environment to hear client stories with a new perspective
  • Technical skills to prepare to collect blood through a fingerstick and be able to run and interpret results for specific Hep-C and HIV rapid tests

For more information on the training, please visit our homepage.

Program Courses

1 hour
Acknowledging Gender and Sex
In this course, participants will learn strategies to improve the overall health and well-being...
30 minutes
DoxyPEP STI Prevention
Prevent Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia with taking doxycycline with 72 hours after sexual...
2 hours
STI/HIV/HCV Test Counselor Pre-Training (May 22nd - 26th, 2023)
This online course provides the information that forms the foundation for the HIV Counselor...
Embajadorxs de Vacunas
El programa de embajadorxs de vacunas se enfoca en educar e informar a lxs miembros de nuestra...
RESCHEDULED for March 16th Advanced Motivational Interviewing: MI...
Rescheduled training - March 16th at 10:30am-12:30pm In this two-hour online training,...
Beneficios y Navegación
En esta capacitación, Maria de Lourdes Richardson del Independent Living Resource Center nos...
Advanced Motivational Interviewing: MI Part 2- 2/28/23
Tuesday, February 28th, 10:30am-12:30pm In this two-hour online training, participants will...
2 hours
The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing: MI part 1- 2/23/23
Thursday February 23rd, 10:30am-12:30pm In this two-hour online training, participants will...
2 hours
Conflict Management and De-Escalation 2/2/23
Thursday, February 2nd, 2022 10:30am-12:30pm The goal of this training is to provide general...
2 hours
Self-Care and Resilience 2/7/2023
Tuesday, February 7th, 2023 from 10:30am-12:30pm This two-hour training provides an overview...
SOGI & Demographics
The purpose of the training is to have an understanding of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity...
Benefits and Navigation
In this training workshop Maria de Lourdes Richardson from the Independent Living Resource Center...
Reducción de daños y más
La reducción de daños es una herramienta importante para proporcionar la atención centrada en...
Entrevistas Motivicionales
Las entrevistas motivacionales son clave para proporcionar atención centrada en el/la/x cliente,...
2 hours
RESCHEDULED TRAINING- Self-Care and Resilience 2/1/23
Wednesday, January 18th, 2023 from 10:30am-12:30pm This two-hour training provides an overview...
2 hours
Conflict Management and De-Escalation 1.19.2023
Thursday, January 19th, 2022 10:30am-12:30pm The goal of this training is to provide general...
Vaccine Ambassador
The Vaccine Ambassadors program focuses on educating and informing members of our community about...
Reunión Comunitaria sobre la Viruela del Mono
La viruela del mono o MPX, está circulando en nuestra comunidad. Con la cantidad de...
Cómo Apoyar a las Comunidades Indocumentadas
To address health disparities across the U.S., we must identify how immigration status impacts...
De-escalation and Conflict Management
De-escalation is a technique used during a conflict in an attempt to reduce the chances of harm...
Holistically Whole—Trauma Informed Care
Trauma informs many aspects of our community members’ lives and the ways we navigate our...
Meaningful Youth Collaboration
When working with younger folks we sometimes may think that as adults we know more just by...
Harm Reduction and Beyond
Harm reduction is an important tool in providing person-centered care, reducing stigma associated...
Gender-Affirming Care and Supporting Transgender Communities
Gender-affirming care reduces stress, improves mental health, and closes health disparities that...
30-35 minutes
SF Public Library Resume Building Workshop
In this introductory workshop, participants will explore professional tips and tools necessary...
30-45 minutes
Sexual Health & Sex Positivity Workshop
In this workshop participants will explore sexual health topics through the lens of...
1 hour
Community Health Leadership Initiative Welcome Meeting
The CHLI Welcome Orientation serves as a brief overview of the CHLI Training and mentorship...