Salud Se Puede (Good Health Is Possible): Promotoras and Health Information Needs in the Latino Community presented by Seth Doyle of the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association and Cindy Olney of the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center.
July 23, 2014 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)
Community Health Workers (CHWs) continue to gain national recognition as valuable, if not essential, members of the healthcare workforce. According to a 2007 CHW Workforce Study conducted by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), there were 86,000 CHWs in the United States in 2000, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects this to be among the fastest growing occupations in the health care field. CHWs go by many names, including outreach worker, peer health educator, and patient navigator. In Spanish speaking communities CHWs are commonly referred to as promotores(as) de salud. CHWs play a vital role in facilitating health care access, while addressing disparities and improving health outcomes. Seth Doyle will provide a brief overview of the CHW model and review current examples of CHW practices and initiatives. (more…)