COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS
Health Worker is...
a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.
A community health worker also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.
LAY HEALTH ADVISOR
PROMOTOR(A) DE SALUD
Local UtilizatioN of CHWs
PFMC Project Resources
Introduction to Utilizing CHWs for Diabetes Care Infographic
Introduction to Utilizing CHWs for Hypertension Care Infographic
PFMC: Key Informant Interview Report
Initial Findings on Provider & Community-Based Organization‘s Use of Community Health Workers and the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program & National Diabetes Prevention Program in Monterey County
PFMC: Community Health Worker Resource Report
This report provides local health care providers and community-based organizations with information and resources on CHW Competencies, Training and Best Practices.
PFMC CHW Event-2018
The Prevention First Monterey County (PFMC)
team held a Community Health Worker (CHW)
Learning Action Network (LAN) event on February
22nd, 2018 to facilitate discussion around
increasing utilization of CHWs in the Monterey
Bay region. The event was well attended by
representatives from community based
organizations, community colleges, healthcare
organizations and county programs.
A presentation from UCSF’s Healthforce Center highlighted their work in promoting enhanced and sustainable roles for CHWs in health care teams across California. The event also included a CHW/Provider Panel where CHWs/Promotores shared their expertise working in the community, with input from a medical provider who highlighted the unique contributions of CHWs. Rich discussion from two interactive workgroups resulted in prioritizing needs and next steps both at the organizational level and regionally. Connections across sectors and organizations were established to continue the conversation on CHW utilization and training throughout the region.
Toolkits & Implementation Resources
Supporting the Integration of Community Health Workers into Health Care Teams in California
Community health workers (CHWs) and promotores de salud are playing an increasingly important role in the delivery of high quality and equitable health related services, particularly to vulnerable populations. Utilizing a Theory of Change framework, this report connects intervention and support opportunities across the spectrum of policy, care delivery and workforce development to drive collective action toward integrating this complex and critically important role into health care teams in California.
"We do a session about how much sugar there is in common drinks and that’s my favorite session because I can see how much impact it has on everyone and it creates a lot of awareness...I feel like that has a great impact in their life."
-Health Promoter from Sembrando Salud
CHW Training Resources
MHP Salud (Texas): Complete Community Health Worker Training
This training is recommended for both new and more experienced Community Health Workers, and no prior experience as a Community Health Worker is required to complete this training. Rather than focusing on a specific program type or health-issue, the information provided in this training is relevant for Community Health Workers in any setting.