Incubator for a multicultural California Association of Community Health Workers
Incubator for a multicultural California Association of Community Health Workers
"CHR Basic Training for CHRs"
The Community Health Representative (CHR) Program is a unique concept for providing health care, health promotion, and disease prevention services. CHRs have demonstrated how they assist and connect with the community, and their work has become essential to the spectrum of Tribal community-oriented primary health care services. CHRs are great advocates, in part, because they come from the communities they serve and have tribal cultural competence. Their dedicated work has assisted many to meet their healthcare needs. The health promotion and disease prevention efforts that CHRs provide have also helped people from the community improve and maintain their health. By providing health education and reducing hospital readmissions, CHRs have contributed to lowering mortality rates. The demand for CHRs continues to grow.
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CONTACT: SF AHEC DIRECTOR, BEAU SANCHEZ AT BSANCHEZ@SFCCC.ORG San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium 2720 Taylor St, Suite 430 San Francisco, CA 94133 Phone: (415) 355-2222 Fax: (415) 355-227
Vision: Working together we will achieve a society with well-being, justice and equity in which the contribution of all its members is honored with love and integrity.
We create a space in which Promotoras discover their personal wealth, acquire knowledge, increase their skills and receive support in being the trigger for community transformation. Within this space, action is motivated through advocacy and collaboration between promoters, organizations and public agencies, resulting in mutual respect and effective responses to community needs.
Contact: Chely Romero Edgar Aguilar Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/promotorasconalma/
El Sol is a pioneer in Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Promotores programs in the Inland Empire, California. El Sol is the leading agency focused on identifying, training, deploying, and supporting CHWs and promotores in the region. CHW/Promotores Training Center El Sol has more than 15 year of experience implementing programs and training CHWs/Promotores in multiples topics and projects.
San Bernardino Sites: Main Office: 766 North Waterman Ave, San Bernardino CA 92410-4435 Ontario Office: 718 E Maitland St, Ontario CA 91761-3429 High Desert Office: 15000 7th Suite 212-b, Victorville CA 92392-3582 Riverside Sites:
Coachella Valley: 41550 Eclectic St., Palm Desert CA 92260-1967 Perris Office: 21091 Rider St. Suite #204, Perris CA 92570-8800 Phone Office: (909) 884-3735 https://www.elsolnec.org/
Explore online, self-paced trainings for Community Health Workers (CHWs) to help increase health skills and knowledge, created by the Northern ACEs Collaborative, a project of PHI’s Population Health Innovation Lab.
Community Health Workers (CHW) are frontline health workers and trusted leaders who have a unique understanding of the needs of the communities they serve. CHWs serve as an intermediary between health service, social services, and community members. On behalf of community residents, they advocate for change, build knowledge and self-sufficiency, and increase access to quality and culturally competent services.
The Northern ACEs Collaborative, a project of PHI’s Population Health Innovation Lab, has created a training hub which offers CHW training through online, self-paced courses in three learning branches: core skills, healthy living, and chronic illness.
El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center (El Sol). El Sol is a pioneer in Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Promotores programs in the Inland Empire, California. El Sol is the leading agency focused on identifying, training, deploying, and supporting CHWs and promotores in the region.
El Sol has more than 15 year of experience implementing programs and training CHWs/Promotores in multiples topics and projects.
Each year, we serve over 90,000 community residents through various programs led by CHW and promotores. Serving the Inland Empire during these years has been our priority, achieving positive and measurable change.
We offer foundations and other organizations technical assistance on the development and implementation of CHW and promotores training and interventions, including identifying and targeting community health priorities. As a frontrunner in CHW and promotores training and practice in the Inland Empire, we are the co-founder of various local training curricula and programs including the Loma Linda Promotores Academy.
San Bernardino Sites:
Main Office: 766 North Waterman Ave, San Bernardino CA 92410-4435
Ontario Office: 718 E Maitland St, Ontario CA 91761-3429
High Desert Office: 15000 7th Suite 212-b, Victorville CA 92392-3582
Coachella Valley: 41550 Eclectic St., Palm Desert CA 92260-1967
Perris Office: 21091 Rider St. Suite #204, Perris CA 92570-8800
Phone Office: (909) 884-3735
MaryEllen Rehse (MSW)
(805) 964-4710, ext. 4465
Darnyl Dal Bon
(805)964-4710, ext. 4453
Santa Barbara County Education Office
3970 La Colina Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Santa Barbara County Promotores Network members understand and respect the traditional beliefs of the Latino community and can help agencies integrate these cultural beliefs in their programs and services. They do this by engaging the underserved and marginalized Spanish-speaking recent immigrant community around strategies to enhance systems to improve community awareness about health and social service issues that affect them. We participate in health fairs, community forums, and peer-to-peer education and provide information on a variety of issues of interest or benefit to our community, such as:
Santa Barbara Promotores Network began in 2002 with three women who, while working in the Health Program Center for the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, through the clinic outreach, discovered that health issues were interconnected. Diabetes, Cancer Prevention, Well Child Check-ups, HIV/AIDS, and other physical health issues were the main education discussions going on within the community.
Founded in 2002 by Guadalupe Perez, SBNC Outreach Coordinator at that time, developed a training for “Promotores de Salud”, which included basic education on a wide variety of health topics. Josefa Rios, Cancer Detection Program Coordinator, who was also at the time working for SBNC, was joined by Maribel Landeros, Health Program Center assistant and Teen Health Advocate Coordinator, and together they began working on developing connections with other agencies that served the community. In 2007 they became an independent group known as the Promotores and in 2010 became a county wide promotores network.
Lead Promotores are employed by the Santa Barbara County Office of Education Health Linkages program and supported by the SBC Coalition in Support of Promotores.
Mission: To empower families and individuals with respect, dignity, and compassion by enhancing the quality of all aspects of their lives through education and the promotion of healthy behaviors.
Organizational Chart ( expanded version coming soon)
For More Information, Contact:
South County Lead Promotora
Phone: (805) 448-2578
Mid and North County Lead Promotora
Phone: (805) 680-7805
Santa Barbara County Education Office
3970 La Colina Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
El Sol is excited to share the newly released “Time to Heal” COVID-19 Song and Tool Kit. This project will guide community health workers and promotores to help promote healing in their communities during this pandemic.
Magdalena is a patient at Loma Linda University Health's Diabetes Treatment Center. She was depressed and immobile, having difficulty navigating the complex health system—but a community health worker was able to help. For more information please visit: https://news.llu.edu/academics/commun...
Esperanza Community Housing Corporation (LA)
3655 South Grand Avenue, Suite 280
Los Angeles, California 90007
Nancy Halpern Ibrahim: Board President and Executive Director
Nancy joined Esperanza’s staff as inaugural Director of Health Programs. She developed the model community health leadership program, Promotores de Salud, which led to the first class of Esperanza’s Community Health Promoters graduating from the program in 1996. To date this program has graduated 533 bilingual women and men.
Esperanza Community Housing Corporation (“Esperanza”) was established in 1989 to support the residents of the Figueroa Corridor of South Central Los Angeles, whose homes were being threatened by encroaching construction. Today, Esperanza remains committed to investing in this vibrant community, offering support through five core program areas: Affordable Housing, Health, Arts, Environmental Justice and Economic Development; these areas are also underlined by a policy component. Esperanza broadens and strengthens its impact through strategic partnerships with community members, nonprofits, businesses and policy makers.
Esperanza currently serves 126,000 individuals a year. In all of its activities, Esperanza strives to build hope with community
An apprenticeship model that tailors prospective CHW/P's education to the needs of employers
Contact: Amber Roth Executive Director
1545 Wilshire Blvd 5th floor Ste 500
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Our goal is to transform lives through a long-term career in public service.
The Worker Education and Resource Center (WERC) is a non-profit organization that for 20 years has provided quality workforce development programs in partnership with public service and safety net employers in Los Angeles County.
WERC is a labor-management partnership with the Service Employees International Union Local 721, committed to high road programs that address equity, excellent public service, and career paths to stable permanent employment.
WERC conducts research and planning, develops curriculum, and provides dynamic, cutting-edge training programs and intensive case management.
Assistant Case Manager Training
LA County’s Housing for Health contracts with community organizations to deliver Intensive Case Management Services (ICMS) to every client. Services are provided by on site staff such as Intensive Case Managers and Assistant Case Managers (ACMs). ACMs provide intensive case management services to clients classified as low acuity. These positions serve individuals and families residing in interim and permanent housing by supporting and providing services in the areas of assessment; care planning; coaching and social support; connections to direct services; care coordination and system navigation; education about the health and social service system; outreach and engagement, and capacity building for individuals who were experiencing homelessness and are now mostly housed.
Reach Out: Strengthening Communities
CHW/Promotores Training Program
Inland Health Professions Consortium (IHPC ) is a division of Reach Out providing hands-on learning opportunities for students and community members in health career pathways. The team works with industry partners, educators, and community stakeholders to address the need for a highly skilled and culturally competent health workforce in the Greater Inland Empire region. Reach Out’s Mission is to solve our region’s toughest issues: breaking barriers to educational achievement, expanding economic opportunities, and creating safe, healthy and innovative communities.
Diana Fox, Executive Director;
Alyse Michaelis, Assistant Director for IHPC
Contact : Dr America Bracho Executive Director
Address: 450 W Fourth St., Suite 130 , Santa Ana, CA 92701
Promotores are neighbors, moms, dads, children, youth and members of our communities who believe in helping and including others to be part of the solution to create healthier places for all. Our promotores are as young as 6 and as old as 76. They are Latino Health Access employees or volunteers with a special gift of creating enduring relationships with neighbors and participants in the many activities we offer. They gain the trust of the community and engage residents to create a synergy that comes with inclusion and participation.
Stationed in laundromats, churches, supermarkets, parking lots, apartments, streets, bus stops, living rooms, patios, schools and other places, they offer information about nutrition, diabetes, mental health, how to access doctors, the need for parks, safe communities and civic engagement. They draw out residents who might not otherwise reach out for help. Our promotores conceive unique and creative strategies to talk to our community about issues important to their health.
Promotores do not “target” the community. They join with neighbors to create relationships built on trust. As a result, our participants do more than learn about managing their diabetes or receiving a mammogram. As the relationship matures, they partner with us to make Orange County a healthier place.
Our programs, implemented by promotores and a team of health and human service providers, include:
• Diabetes Self Management
• Breast Health
• Healthy Weight
• Senior Door-to-Door outreach
• Health Policy Advocacy
• Mental Health
• Children and Youth Leadership
Health Teacher, Health TECH Academy Coordinator
6300 Ehrhardt Ave., Sacramento, CA 95823
The VHS Health TECH Academy is the first high school in the country with a Community Health Worker training program!
What is a Community Health Worker?
Community Health Workers (CHW)/Promotores assist in providing education, recruiting, and offering outreach for specified clinic and community programs. The CHW also serves as a health systems navigator, identifying appropriate levels of health care intervention. CHWs are employed by community nonprofits, clinics, local health departments, and state agencies.
What does Health TECH provide?
The Health TECH Academy staff and supporters have obtained a CHW-Basic certification for Health TECH students. We firmly believe that the Academy prepares students to be excellent CHWs. Certification will require completion of academy courses, CHW exams, and field work.
What's been done so far?
Vista del Lago's Health Academy program is a 4 year program funded by California Partnership Academy. This innovative program is designed to give the students an overview of the human body, its functions, health care, career options and a capstone course in one of four areas that prepare the student to work in health care.
This pathway prepares students to go into careers which will enhance, sustain or improve the physical wellness of the community in a variety of healthcare settings and focuses on careers in patient care, public or mental health.
Contact: Cindi Dolan
Health Academy Director & Teacher
Moreno Valley Unified School District
Vista del Lago High School
15150 Lasselle Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92551
Community Health Center Network (East Bay)
101 CALLAN AVENUE, SUITE 300,
SAN LEANDRO, CA 94577
Trains CHW/Promotores for Complex Care Neighborhoods
CHCN’s Care Neighborhood approach has demonstrated positive returns on investments including: decreased hospital re-admission rates, improved use of integrated behavioral health, decreased ER use, improved Hgb A1c and more. With support from our health plan partners, we had 12 Community Health Workers in our 8 health centers by the end of 2017, building our capacity to support more than 800 medically complex patients annually. Care Neighborhood successfully continued to demonstrate total cost of care savings per member per month and received additional support from our health plan partners in 2018 to grow gradually from 12 to 20 Community Health Workers.
Care Neighborhood CHWs May 2017
VYC innovative training programs are designed to give Promotores the information, skills and understanding they need to communicate with and advocate for their communities.
Alma Esquivel, Director of Training and Education
Gerry Balcazar, Training Coordinator
REPORT Key Workforce Priorities for the Community Transformation Model ( 2017, 32 pages)