Health Issues

Community Development- Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)

Exploring New Opportunities to Align Health and Community Development Sectors are Highlighted in the November 2014 Issue of Health Affairs

Improving Health by Investing in Communities

In January 2014, the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America called for integrating health into community development to improve opportunities for health in low-income neighborhoods.

This month’s issue of Health Affairs, “Collaborating for Community Health,” highlights new possibilities created by the alignment of the health and community development sectors.

Featured articles from RWJF grantees and its partners include:




  1. Tobacco Free Living –  Smoke free multi-unit housing
  2. Healthy Eating Active Living – Decreased Consumption of sugary beverages
  3. Clinical and Community Preventive Services- Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP)
  4. Healthy and Safe Physical Environment- Safe Routes to School


  1. Maternity Care
  2. Health Homes for Complex Patients (HHCP)
  3. Palliative Care
  4. Accountable Care Communities (ACC)


  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Disability
  • Fall Prevention
  • Healthy Life Styles
  • Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Homelessness
  • Home Visiting
  • Maternal, Child and Teen Health
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition
  • Oral Health
  • Obesity
  • Substance Abuse

One out of three adults ages 65+ older fall each year, and falls are the leading cause of injury death in this age group (National Council on Aging & Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, 2010). Community Health Workers/Promotores have the unique opportunity to work with older adults to reduce risk factors for falling and prevent injury due to falls. To equip CHWs/Ps in fall prevention, the Center for Community Health Development’s National CHW Training Center at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Prevention Research Center developed an in-person and online curriculum for CHWs/Ps and CHW/P instructors.

We are pleased to announce the availability of these free, online, self-paced, evidence-based CHW and Instructor trainings on fall prevention among older adults. (Note: the trainings are approved for Texas DSHS-certified CHW and CHW Instructor CEUs).

1. CHW Course: Preparing CHWs/Promotores to Prevent and Reduce Falls Among Older Adults (2 Texas DSHS-certified CHW CEUs), register at
2. CHW Instructor Course*: Helping older adults change their health behaviors to prevent falls and related Injuries: Health Behavior Change Theories (5 Texas DSHS-certified CHW Instructor CEUs), register at

For more information about the training, curriculum, or in-person trainings, please call 979-845-6462 or email

Please feel free to forward this email, flyers, and information to your CHW/Promotora and CHW Instructor contacts about two free, online, self-paced courses on fall prevention among older adults.

Thank you,

Julie Parrish St. John, Dr.P.H., M.A., C.H.W.I., | Senior Advisor
Center for Community Health Development’s National CHW Training Center, School of Public Health | Texas A&M Health Science Center

330 W. Hudson Rd., San Benito, TX 78586
ph: 325.513.4943 | | Transforming Health

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