Advocacy

Advocating for a California Association of Community Health Workers Building a representative culturally inclusive, professional peer coalition

PowerPoint delivered at APHA Annual Conference 2012 San Francisco California

Recognize and support community Health workers; transform people from being the problem to being the solution! 

  • Community Health workers are agents of change
  • Community health workers facilitate capacity building, collaboration and paradigm shifts
  • Community members are the experts on what is needed to improve our communities
  • CHW are members of the communities we serve
  • CHW have a strong trusting  personal relationship with the people in our community
  • Community Health Workers are as diverse as the communities we serve
  • Community Health workers are known by many  job titles
  • “Diversity is our Unity”
  • Paid or unpaid our values demand social justice ( !Con dinero o sin dinero!)
  • All CHW have a passion and commitment to serve
  • Tenemos todos una !Espíritu de Servicio!
  • Community Health Workers are the profession with a “BIG HEART”
Community Health Workers the profession with Heart

Community Health Workers the profession with Heart

 

Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers Toolkit (http://www.raconline.org/communityhealth/chw/ )

Welcome to the Community Health Workers (CHW) Toolkit. It’s designed to help you evaluate opportunities for developing a CHW program and provide resources and best practices developed by successful CHW programs.The toolkit is made up of several modules. Each concentrates on different aspects of CHW programs. Modules also include resources for you to use in developing a program for your area.

  • Module 1: Introduction to Community Health Workers An overview of community health workers and their roles.
  • Module 2: Program Models Elements of differing models for CHW programs.
  • Module 3: Training Approaches Available training materials and procedures for CHWs.
  • Module 4: Program Implementation Building a program from the bottom up.
  • Module 5: Planning for Sustainability How to ensure your CHW program functions properly.
  • Module 6: Measuring Program Impacts Methods that allow you to measure the effectiveness of your program.
  • Module 7: Disseminating Best Practices Letting other people know what you have done with your program.
  • Module 8: Program Clearinghouse Examples of and contacts for successful CHW programs.

This toolkit is also available as a printable PDF.

Hire Community Health Workers- “Diversity is our Unity” 

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California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO)

The membership of CCLHO includes the 61 legally appointed physician Health Officers in California, one from each of the 58 counties and three cities of Berkeley, Long Beach and Pasadena. CCLHO provides a state/local forum for the discussion of significant health issues in order to develop recommendations for appropriate health policy. This includes legislative and regulatory review. CCLHO meets semiannually and its Board of Directors meets monthly. Its various program committees consider technical and policy issues in communicable disease control and prevention; health promotion and chronic disease prevention; environmental health; emergency preparedness and response; and health surveillance data.

ne from each of the 58 counties and three cities of Berkeley, Long Beach and Pasadena.  CCLHO provides a state/local forum for the discussion of significant health issues in order to develop recommendations for appropriate health policy.  This includes legislative and regulatory review.  CCLHO meets semiannually and its Board of Directors meets monthly.  Its various program committees consider technical and policy issues in communicable disease control and prevention; health promotion and chronic disease prevention; environmental health; emergency preparedness and response; and health surveillance data.

APHA 2012 Abstract #255822

Advocating for a California Association of Community Health Workers: Building a representative, culturally inclusive, professional peer coalition

“Think globally but act locally” is the mobilizing premise of the Community Health Workers (CHW) who in January 2011 founded the Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County in California. Using core CHW competency skills we are building relationships in our community with frontline health workers, with many different job titles and diverse cultural back grounds, whose scope of practice falls within the APHA definition of a CHW. Attending regional and national conferences that support the professional development of CHWs, facilitated our learning about health policy advances made in other states, peer support models that are successfully supporting the professional role and scope of practice of the of the CHW throughout the USA. Learning from the national leaders in our field has expedited the process of organizational development of our own peer support network , building local leadership capacity, promoting cultural humility and inclusivity, advocating for lifelong learning, ongoing professional development and self advocacy. Our work is extremely challenging. If we are to be effective builders of healthy communities and advocates for our families, friends and neighbors, we must first build our own professional community at a local, regional state and national level to keep our hope and tenacity alive to motivate the work that still must be done to build a more equitable and just health care system in our country. While we are excited about the possibilities that the affordable health care act might bring; we share what can be done with passion, vision and commitment.