Community Health Workers and Emergency Preparedness

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Resources and Reference Materials on Emergency Preparedness

The consequences of unexpected emergency situations due to natural disasters can be life changing. This is especially true for families who are low-income or live in areas that lack resources like medical facilities, community centers, public transportation, and grocery stores. The following resources were developed to help families, and can be utilized by CHWs to help prepare families, for potentially life-threatening emergency situations.


Community Health Worker/Peer Workforce: Recruiting and Hiring for Social Determinants of Health Screening

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the value of lived expertise1 that Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Peer Specialists (Peers) workforce bring to the table as health centers addressed systemic inequities that lead to significantly worse COVID-19 outcomes for vulnerable communities (i.e. Black adults are nearly 2x more likely to die from COVID-19). As our public health community continues to eliminate COVID-19-related disparities and health inequities in general, we can draw upon lessons learned and practices from health centers who have been successful in hiring, training, integrating, and retaining CHWs/Peers, with lived experience, to pave the way for our future work in addressing and eliminating social determinants of health disparities that impact our most vulnerable communities.


Resource Guide for Health Centers: Community Health Workers and COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are a critical tool to help stop the spread of disease and protect our communities. This is especially important as disparities in accessing COVID-19 education and resources continue to impact special and vulnerable communities. As trusted members of their communities who empower their peers through education and connections to health and social resources, Community Health Workers/Promotores(as) de Salud play an important role in providing equitable COVID-19 vaccination education and resources.


La Vacuna Contra el COVID-19: Consejos de su Promotor(a) de Salud

La vacunación contra el COVID-19 lo ayudará a protegerse a usted, a su familiar y a su comunidad del COVID-19. Hay algunos efectos secundarios de la vacuna, usted puede sentirse un poco enfermo con síntomas similares a la gripe que pueden afectar su capacidad para hacer actividades diarias, pero estos efectos secundarios deben desaparecer en unos pocos días.


Charcoal and Gas Grill Safety

Every year, individuals die from improper use and placement of gas and charcoal grills. This infographic provides information about the dangers of using grills in enclosed areas and safety tips you can take to avoid injury or death from carbon monoxide poisoning or fires.


Coronavirus Safety Guide

As communities begin to reopen, it is crucial that we continue to practice safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our free English and Spanish bilingual safety guide booklet on the coronavirus covers information on how the virus is spread, how to wear, and properly dispose of a face covering, and tips to practice social distancing. The guide can be printed and conveniently folded into a booklet to help keep you and your family as safe as possible.


How to Properly Use a Face Covering

Coronavirus can be spread between people interacting within a close distance of each other, through speaking, coughing, or sneezing. National agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control are recommending that all individuals wear a face covering to help slow the spread of the coronavirus while out in public. This infographic, available in English and Spanish, provides advice on how to properly use, wash, sanitize, and dispose of a face covering so that it is effective at protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.


What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus that has been impacting countries across the world, including the United States.  This educational tool was created to provide general information along with safety tips and precautionary steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. It contains federal recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control on how to stay protected while out for necessities like groceries and medications, information on how to practice social distancing, and details on how to plan for an emergency.

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In addition to publishing resources and conducting our own CHW programs, MHP Salud offers a variety of training and consulting services to help organizations create and optimize their own CHW programs. When we provide these services, we put over four decades of experience to work to enhance your organization’s services and improve your overall reach.