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December 2014
Together, We Support Community Health
Together, We Support Community Health:The Power of CHWs 
The Power of CHWs
In this short video, supervisors of community health workers (CHWs) discuss the value that CHWs bring to their organizations for health promotion.  
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CHW Resources

 

APHA's Community Health Workers Section seeks to promote the community's voice within the health care system through development of the role of community health workers (including promotores de salud, community health representatives, community health advisors and related titles) and provides a forum to share resources and strategies.
 
 
HealthConnect One's Community Health Worker Training develops community-based practitioners who are able to use their self-awareness, mastery of basic health knowledge, and leadership skills to support families in their own communities. Training is based on popular education approaches and a wide range of training topics. 
 
The Community Health Worker Learning Netowrk (CHWLN) offers various training focusing on core competencies for CHWs, CHW supervisor training, and the integration of CHWs into care teams.
Story of a South Carolina Mom 

 

Amber Pendegraph, a community-based doula with BirthMatters in Spartanburg, SC, shares her story about the first mom she worked with as a doula. Click here to read her blog.

Community Health Workers

 
 
Community Health Workers (CHW) are dedicated members of a community who work to connect individuals and communities to health care information and services, promote community empowerment, and advocate for social justice. As trusted members of their communities, they embody a unique understanding of the community being served, which enables them to serve as liaisons to health and social services, facilitate access to services, and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. 

CHWs also build 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. CHWs go by many titles, depending on where they work, who they work for, and what they do. Common titles include health coach, community health advisor, family advocate, health educator, liaison, promoter, outreach worker, peer counselor, patient navigator, health interpreter and public health aide. In Spanish-speaking communities, community health workers are often referred to as health promoters or promotores(as) de salud.  The promotores of PASOs, a South Carolina organization that seeks to help the Latino community and health care providers work together for healthy families and whose staff are on the EWSE Leadership Team, engage in health promotion and education activities within the Latino community and act as community ambassadors with health systems and social service agencies.

CHWs work in all geographic settings, including border regions and Native American nations. Although their roles vary depending on locale and cultural setting, they are most often found working in underprivileged communities where people have limited resources, lack access to quality health care, lack the means to pay for care, or have cultural beliefs, values, and behaviors different from those of the dominant Western health care paradigm. In these communities, CHWs play an integral role in helping systems become more culturally appropriate for the people the systems serve.

The success of CHW's efforts has caused many government agencies, nonprofit organizations, faith-based groups, and health care systems to create paid positions for community health workers to help reduce and eliminate the persistent disparities in health care and health outcomes in underprivileged communities, most especially in the areas of maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS. The work of CHWs are highly valued and needed in many communities across the US and the world.   

Happy Holidays From EWSE   

From our families to yours, we wish you a wonderful and safe  

Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

  

Every Woman Southeast THANKS YOU all for your support and engagement throughout this year! We hope you found our newsletters informative, and we are excited for our 2015 newsletter cycle.   

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CHW Networks 

The National Association of Community Health Representatives (NACHR) is an association representing 264 Community Health Representative (CHR) Programs with over 1,700 CHRs from all over the US. Their mission is to provide quality outreach health care services and health promotion/disease prevention services to American Indians and Alaska Natives within their communities through the use of well-trained CHRs. 

CHW Central is an online community of practice that brings together program managers, experts, practitioners, researchers, and supporters of CHW programs. The website is a virtual meeting place to share resources and experiences and to discuss and develop questions and ideas on CHW programs and policy.

 

A product of the U.S. DHHS' Rural Initiative, the Rural Assistance Center (RAC) serves as a rural health and human services "information portal." Their Community Health Workers Toolkit is designed to help evaluate opportunities for developing a CHW program and to provide resources and best practices developed by successful CHW programs.  

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What are innovative ways that community health workers can be incorporated into your community or health organization? We'd love to share any resources - books, websites, apps, etc - that you find useful!  

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