It’s no secret that we are huge advocates of using the Community Health Worker model to increase breastfeeding rates among underserved populations. It’s an effective strategy that addresses the cultural barriers that many Hispanic women face when trying to access healthcare resources for maternal-infant health. The health and economic benefits of breastfeeding are well documented. However, despite breastfeeding’s distinction as an important public health issue, breastfeeding rates among the U.S. Hispanic population fall below Healthy People 2020 targets.
In the United States, an estimated 12.7 million people signed up for coverage in the 2016 Open Enrollment, allowing them to gain or renew access to the health coverage they need. Enrolling in a health plan, however, is only the initial step. To help you go from coverage to care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has created resources in multiple languages, available at no cost, to help you understand your benefits and connect to a primary care provider and preventive services. Here are five ways to make the most of your health coverage.
Taking into account the limited resources typically available to Promotor(a) de Salud programs (also known as Community Health Worker programs), this Evaluation Toolkit was developed to help you determine what evaluation strategies will work for your organization. This is not a long, detailed description of all the evaluation options and strategies available. Rather, this is a quick reference guide with tips and tools that have been designed especially for use with Promotor(a), or other Community Health Worker (CHW), programs. This Toolkit is recommended for Health Centers, health departments, migrant health programs, Primary Care Associations, and other organizations that implement Promotor(a) or CHW programs. It is designed for those with little or no evaluation experience or limited evaluation resources. The information in this Toolkit will help you design an evaluation system from the very beginning of the process, however it also includes tips for improving existing evaluation efforts. It is intended for use by anyone that is in charge of a Promotor(a) program, including Program Coordinators, Directors, Supervisors, or Managers.
Comfort and educate expectant mothers with Community Health Workers and the Maternal and Infant Health Resource
Guiding expectant mothers, especially those that are first-time mothers, can help to reduce medical and emotional complications and increase healthy outcomes for mother and child. As Promotores(as), we are aware that there are challenges experienced by some of our community members. These challenges can be due to issues of employment, living conditions, legal status, and environment.
With more than 30 years’ experience designing, running, evaluating and improving CHW programs, as well as more than 20 years’ experience spreading that knowledge via technical assistance to other organizations around the country, MHP Salud has gained insight, experience and a deep understanding of CHW supervision.
Plan and Fund Your Program Using Our Free Sample Grant Proposal for a Community Health Worker Program Template
Our sample grant proposal is an example of a narrative for a CHW program based on standard sections found in requests for proposals from the federal government.
Learn from Three Decades’ Experience with our Free Sample Budget for Community Health Worker Programs Template
This free budget template is presented as a sample, based on a year-round program with four full-time Community Health Workers. It is provided as a starting point to give you an idea of the line items and categories of expenses that you will want to consider in planning your budget. Many, if not all, of the amounts, will vary based on your location, organization, staffing required to implement the program, etc.
Run Your Community Health Worker Program Effectively with Our Free Supervision Manual for Promotor(a) de Salud Programs
This Supervisor’s Manual was developed to provide basic guidelines to supervisors of Promotor y Promotora de Salud programs. A variety of people, with different supervisory experience, might supervise a Promotor(a)program. They could range from newly-hired Program Coordinators to Program Directors and Outreach Coordinators. Regardless of the position and the person’s experience, we hope the information in this Manual proves helpful in learning about and managing the successes and challenges of working with Promotores(as).
With training, information and resources, Peer Advocates improve the health of their communities by: addressing difficult topics that influence our individual and community options, educating our peers about the positive and negative consequences of our choices, linking peers and their families to mentoring, health care and social services, and working as advocates that mobilize for positive change.
El Arte de Sobrevivir: Embedding support for survivors in the community with the multi-tiered Promotor(a) de Salud model
El Arte de Sobrevivir (The Art of Surviving) is a support group program that uses the multi-tiered Promotor(a) de Salud model to provide support to low-income, Hispanic, Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking. This model employs a Promotora (also known as a Community Health Worker) who is a member of the community served: those living in colonias in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Colonias are unincorporated neighborhoods developed outside of city limits that lack city services such as transportation, utilities and road signs. As part of the multi-tiered approach, the program also recruits líderes, or community leaders, who are independently contracted to fully embed the program into the culture of the colonia in which they live.