Texas AHEC East continues search for community health worker candidates

Texas AHEC East-Victoria Region Program Coordinator Paula Crawford

The Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) East-Victoria Region is accepting late applications for a community health worker training class in Port Lavaca. Funding for the Community Health Worker program is provided by the Alcoa Foundation for the Calhoun County Wellness Initiative.

The course trains individuals to become a specialized type of liaison capable of bringing local residents in touch with health care services and education. Those who take the course also learn how to educate individuals on issues such as nutrition and exercise so that they can take control of and improve their health.

Late applications are being accepted until Tuesday, May 1 and five more students will be accepted for training.  The tuition for the class is provided from the Alcoa Foundation.

“Once training has been completed, certified community health workers will typically be employed by hospitals and long-term care facilities, or possibly the health department,” said Paula Crawford, program coordinator of Texas AHEC East-Victoria Region. “They will work to fill some of the voids we’re seeing in health care services where people sometimes fall through the cracks.”

According to Texas AHEC East, many Texas residents are marginalized by poverty and cultural traditions that keep them from accessing vital health care services. A CHW is someone who may already work in a health care field, such as a certified nurse aide or medication aide, but who is also a member of the local community and likely to share ethnicity, language and socioeconomic status with local residents.

For more information about the Community Health Worker training or to obtain an application for the CHW training class, please contact Paula Crawford at 361-485-6813.


posted on Thursday, April 26, 2012 by Katy Long

Published: Thursday, 26 April 2012

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