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APHA Definition of a Community Health Worker

“A Community Health Worker (CHW) 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 CHW 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 CHW 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.”

http://www.apha.org/membergroups/sections/aphasections/chw/

The Community Health Workers (CHW) 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.

The CHW Section has adopted the following definition of the CHW:

A Community Health Worker (CHW) 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 CHW 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 CHW 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. 

 

APHA Conference Community Health Worker Program Link:
https://apha.confex.com/apha/141am/webprogram/CHW.html
Hope to see you there!

APHA CHW Section

Future Year Locations & Dates http://www.apha.org/meetings/pastfuture/

2013 – November 2-6
Boston, MA (141st Meeting)
Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World

2014 – November 15-19
New Orleans, LA (142nd Meeting)

2015 – November 7-11
Chicago, IL (143rd Meeting)

http://action.apha.org/site/PageNavigator/Infographic_Page_2012_10_04_Round_2.html

American Public Health Association (APHA) 

“The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world, attracting more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists. APHA’s meeting program addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health. APHA has a world of public health in store for you!  ” http://www.apha.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting/

 

 Annual Conference 2012 

San Francisco

October 27-31

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

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CHW Section Program 2012

http://www.apha.org/NR/rdonlyres/657F2755-B84C-4986-B745-500592A6D26C/0/CHWSectionProgram2012.pdf

Scientific Sessions

Monday, October 29, 2012

Integrating CHWs into Health Care Teams: Improving Quality and Containing Costs

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (3027.0): MCC South 272

CHWs and Cancer Control: Making A Difference in Health and Wellness (Roundtable)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon (3123.0): MCC South: Gateway Ballroom 102

Special Session – Community Health Workers: Key to Achieving the Triple Aim

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (3224.0): MCC South 256

Sustaining CHW Programs: Successes and Challenges

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (3327.0): MCC South Esplanade Ballroom 301

Poster Sessions

CHWs Impacting Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan (3393.0)

Promoting Healthy Communities across the Lifespan (3394.0)

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. MCC South Exhibit Hall ABC


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Innovative Programs, Research, and Evaluation in Addressing the Critical Role of

CHWs, Promotores, and CHRs in in Urban, Rural, and Tribal Settings

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (4021.0): MCC South 226

Supporting Community Health Workers through Policies and Systems Change

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon (4105.0): MCC South 272

CHW Certification and Credentialing: States’ Perspectives on Successful Practices and

Lessons Learned (Special Roundtable)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (4204.0): MCC South Grand Ballroom 102

CHW Certification and Credentialing: What Have We Learned and How Will We

Proceed? (Special Oral Session)

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (4295.0): MCC South Esplanade Ballroom 309


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

CHWs Addressing Chronic Disease across the Lifespan

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (5045.0): MCC South 224

Prevention and Wellness across the Lifespan: CHWs Impacting Health Internationally

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon (5118.0): MCC South 222

*MCC is an abbreviation for the Moscone Convention Center

Business Meetings and Social Reception
All meetings listed below are open. Please plan on attending.

Monday, October 29, 2012
CHW Policy Committee
7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. (241.0): MCC South 252/254

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
CHW Section General Business Meeting
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (300.0): MCC South 230

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
CHW Education y Capacitación Committee Meeting
6:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m. (315.0): MCC South 252/254

Community Health Workers Section Social Hour/Reception
(All welcome – no cost to this event)
Monday, October 29, 2012
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (260.0):  South Esplanade Ballroom 308
*MCC is an abbreviation for the Moscone Convention Center
San Francisco
This will be an awesome networking event
SAVE THE DATE!

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APHA CHW Section

http://www.apha.org/membergroups/sections/aphasections/chw/ 

“The 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”

Who are Community Health Workers?

CHWs work under many different job titles such as Promotor(a) de Salud,

Outreach Worker, Peer Educator and Patient Navigator. They are recognized by the

Department of Labor as Standard Occupational Classification 21-1094 effective

January 2010. The following definition adopted by the CHW Section is included in

the 2009 APHA Policy Statement on CHWs (http://www.apha.org/advocacy/

policy/policysearch/default.htm?id=1393):

A Community Health Worker (CHW) 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 CHW 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 CHW 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.

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APHA 2011

The David Vanderryn Community Outreach Project

Local Sonoma County CHW project accepted to APHA conference!

http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/Session32407.html

Using a CHW outreach team to promote development of CHW leadership and home visiting skills and encourage innovative solutions to CHW workforce challenges in order to sustain and grow a CHW program in Sonoma County, California
Carol West, CHW; BSC OT; MBBCH; DCH, Janet Fisk, BS, RN, MPH-International Public Health, Colin Kopes Kerr, MD, JD, MPH, Cynthia Morfin, CHW, Imelda Vera, CHW, Shirley Davis, CHW, Sohier Vachon, CHW and Shahram Eskandarnejad, MD

Sonoma County’s  David Vanderryn Community Outreach Project( DVCOP) a collaboration between the Santa Rosa Juniior College (SRJC) Community Health Worker( CHW) Certificate program the  Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency (SRFMR) and  Sonoma County Academic Foundation for Excellence in Medicine (SCAFEM) abstract accepted to the APHA annual conference!

ABSTRACT for  Paper #244023

Using a CHW outreach team to promote development of CHW leadership and home visiting skills and encourage innovative solutions to CHW workforce challenges in order to sustain and grow a CHW program in Sonoma County, California

The David Vanderryn Community Outreach Project (2010) Sonoma County, California, is an example of how funding for one CHW coordinator was effectively split between five CHW students, each with diverse language, ethnic and educational backgrounds; for 8 hours /week over one year. Volunteer hours arising out of the energy and devotion of the team far exceeded paid hours; each team member considering the learning and networking experience invaluable. Our primary objectives were to recruit referrals for the Santa Rosa Junior College CHW Home Visiting Program and promote the role of the CHW to health workforce policy makers, service providers, community leaders, philanthropists and potential CHW students. Supervision was by the SRJC CHW program director and a consulting physician from the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency program. Referrals were dramatically increased to underserved culturally diverse clients. Presentations were made to three new classes of family medicine doctors who are now aware of the role of the CHW. CHW outreach workers participated in seminars, forums, health fairs and health issue advocacy groups; increasing the awareness of the CHW’s potential role in each; found agencies open to CHW interns and created bridges to potential permanent employment. DVCOP demonstrates that a team of CHWs, using core CHW skills, is an effective way to leverage funding and creative energy; while training and supporting potential CHW leaders who will continue to train supervise and advocate for CHWs as sustainable solutions to, increasing access to quality, cost effective health care for underserved and culturally diverse people.

http://www.apha.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting/

 

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