This curriculum is primarily intended for Community Health Workers, Promotoras and Community Health Representatives, also known as lay health workers. It will also be relevant for victim service advocates, patient navigators, health educators, as well as other service providers who offer health and support services to rural communities. Additionally it was designed specifically for lay health workers working with the diverse populations found in Arizona. The project was developed and being offered free of charge by the Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network (AzRWHN).
Community Health Workers assist people in gaining access to needed services and build individual, community, and system capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, patient navigation and follow-up, community health education and information, informal counseling, social support and advocacy. (Texas Community Health Worker Study Report to the Texas Legislature, December 2012) Community Health Representatives fulfill the role of community health workers in Indian Country. They are usually tribal members, with an intimate understanding of the history, language, culture and traditions, geography on tribal lands and the local service system.
The training curriculum that follows is based on the eight areas of “core competencies” identified in the 1998 National Community Health Advisor Study. (Rosenthal E.L., 1998) These competencies are relevant to CHWs and CHRs in any work setting.
Upcoming Training Locations and Dates:
Sierra Vista Police Department (911 N. Coronado Drive) Friday, March 21, 2014 from 9 to 4 -please RSVP to Kim Zill by Wednesday, March 19th at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-288-7544