Aaron worked as a CHW at a small non-profit that focused on providing preventative oral care. His role included duties like outreach, health education, and cultural facilitation between patients and dentists. He had also naturally started leading his team and trained all incoming CHWs.
Cynthia had been a CHW for over ten years. She had experience working at both non-profits and health centers. She enjoyed working as a CHW and always had a passion for being a voice for the community. She had been in the CHW role for a long time and while she was passionate about the work, she desired to find something to further her professional development. She decided to look into other professions, like health educator, nursing, and social work. None of the roles she was seeing seemed like the right fit for her.
La población de adultos mayores esta creciendo en los Estados Unidos y los adultos mayores hispanos/latinos es el grupo que está creciendo más rápido que todos. Se espera que hispanos mayores de 65 años aumente desde 4.6 millones en 2017 a 19.9 millones en el año 2060.1 Es importante involucrar hispanos en los servicios de salud mientras envejecen para promover buena salud y bienestar; reducir disparidades de salud; y prevenir la aislación social, heridas por caídas; y el desarrollo de enfermedades crónicas.
The older adult population is growing in the United States and older Hispanic/Latino adults are the fastest growing group. Hispanics over 65 years old are expected to grow from 4.6 million in 2017 to 19.9 million in 2060 . It is important to engage Hispanics in health services as they age to promote health and wellbeing; reduce health disparities; and prevent social isolation, injury due to falls, and the development of chronic conditions.
Health education is one of the core components of decreasing the prevalence of diabetes and improving health outcomes around the disease, especially when it comes to children. The earlier in a child’s life that they can learn healthy habits, the better their health outcomes will be later in life. Doing this establishes a foundation that will make it easier to maintain healthy behaviors and avoid the controllable factors that contribute to diabetes onset as adults.
Each month, we will highlight the journey of individuals' professional development into roles within and outside of the CHW profession. The first story is about Marco's journey from CHW to Eligibility Specialist. The second features Ricardo, who also became an Eligibility Specialist, but unlike Marco, he did not start out as a CHW. This story is included to illustrate how the CHW profession builds skillsets that are desirable across industries. It is also included to illustrate the key differences between the CHW profession and other careers in related fields.