The Community Health Workers Training Project (CHWTP) is funded by the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement. Our target area for recruitment of trainees includes seven parishes in Louisiana (Cameron, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and Terrebone), three counties in Mississippi (Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson), two counties in Alabama (Baldwin and Mobile), and five counties in Florida (Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton).
As part of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, the Community Health Worker’s role is to act as a bridge or navigator to help connect residents in need with professional health services. CHWs will be drawn from police, schools, civic groups, faith-based organizations, and similar community groups, and will represent all dimensions of the social fabric in the affected communities, including the Gulf Coast's various cultural, ethnic, and age diversities.
CHWs do not require specialized expertise or educational credentials. It is expected that CHWs will gain needed skills and knowledge through both formal training and on-the-job experience. CHWs do not provide medical advice or mental health therapy; they are not a substitute for professional care. Rather, CHWs supplement traditional health resources.
CRRC provides Community Health Workers with an intensive 70-hour training program. Core training modules include:
• Fundamentals of Public Health;
• Purpose and Role of CHWs;
• Social Determinants of Health;
• Barriers to Healthcare Access;
• Organization of U.S. Healthcare Delivery;
• Health Interventions: Health Belief Model;
• Health Interventions: Stages of Change Model;
• The Role of Research in Healthcare;
• Case Management and Client Records;
• Communication and Professional Skills.
In addition, specialty training modules are offered in the following areas:
• Mental health;
• Health disparities;
• Cultural competency;
• Community organizing and advocacy;
• Peer Listening;
• Environmental health and disaster management;
• Environmental health and toxicology;
• Health Systems and services;
• Fundamentals of chronic disease and conditions.