Also known as the Capacity Building Assistance Program (CBA)
For over 20 years, the Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Program has been helping Federally Qualified Health Centers and other healthcare organizations across the country create their own Community Health Worker programs. MHP Salud’s CBA Program provides education, training and technical assistance to these organizations to successfully plan, implement and evaluate their own Community Health Worker programs, or to improve upon their existing programs. Implementing the Community Health Worker model enables organizations to better support their communities in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way; it provides an effective way to increase both the reach and quality of healthcare services.
The CBA Program has developed and strengthened partnerships across the country, including the National Association of Community Health Centers, the Farmworkers Health Network, and the National Cooperative Agreement Advisory Group, among others.
In 2018, we spent a total of 632 hours providing technical assistance to other organizations.
227 hours promoting health equity, 156 hours increasing access to care, 137 hours improving health outcomes for A1c levels and 113 hours improving health outcomes for hypertension.
The CBA program also provided trainings that covered topics such as CHW foundations, CHW supervision, CHW return on investment and more. They were provided in-person or virtually through our newly developed interactive virtual classroom. MHP Salud conducts an in-depth analysis of the trainings to verify that participants are leaving the classroom equipped with more knowledge about CHWs and CHW programs. Post-tests are provided to participants at the conclusion of the trainings to access this. Last year’s participants reported increased knowledge in areas such as the role and worth of Community Health Workers, CHWs and hypertension and diabetes, the impact of culture on health, health literacy and more.
The CBA program completed 10 publications on CHWs and the CHW model that covered topics such as CHWs & Diabetes Interventions, CHWs and Hypertension and two newsletters (La Esperanza and Promotora News) that focus on all things CHW and the CHW profession.
Building the capacity of other organizations to deliver Community Health Worker programs for their unique populations, and collaborating with partners across the country furthers the success of the Community Health Worker model as a sustainable, culturally-appropriate means to improve health.