5178.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000 - 2:30 PM

Abstract #15845

"Walk the Walk" Program - Community Health Workers as Organizers

Vicki Ann Alexander, MD, MPH, Public Health Department, City of Berkeley, Public Health Department, 2344 Sixth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710, (510) 665-6802, via1@ci.berkeley.ca.us

“Walk the Walk” is a community based outreach program to expand the relationship between the Berkeley Public Health Department and the community. In November, 1997 information was gathered from available sources. There were three census tracts that had increased incidence low birth weight, domestic violence, lower socioeconomic status, low immunization rates, teen pregnancies, and lead poisoned children. Community Health Workers, equipped with pre-mapped routes walk the neighborhoods knocking on doors, returning to the same blocks two to three times a year. They engage the resident and their families in conversation, listening to their concerns. Written information is provided and if needed, referrals are made to Public Health Nurses. In the two years of the program, the Community Health Workers have gained the trust and respect of the residents. The team is now being trained in community capacity building techniques to help residents recognize their own assets and strengths and to assist them in organizing to reach policymakers and the business community. Evaluation of the program is in progress based on survey’s and public health data.

Learning Objectives: "At the conclusion of the session, the participant in this session will be able to: 1. Recognize Community Health Workers as first line advocates for building trust in the community." 2. Discuss role of Community Health Workers as community organizers." 3. Articulate a process for assessing the health status of a community through the use of Community Health Workers."

Keywords: Community Health Advisor, Community Outreach

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: Public Health Department, City of Berkeley
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: Employment

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