5101.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Drafting a Public Health Agenda for Community Health Workers

We all know that Community Health Workers add significant value to community organizations and that their work constitues a core activity in our effort to provide health care access to all residents, especially undeserved populations. In line with the theme of this conference, Community Health Workers provide important health informatin and needed linkage to care and services to thousands of residents in neighborhood settings. However, despite the large number of Community Health Workers and their documented successes their working conditions continue to be dismal. The purpose of this open panel discussion will be to identify and create a national action plan for strengthening the field of Outreach Education. Community Health Workers, also known as Outreach Educators, are an emerging workforce within public health that currently lacks national standards of practice (e.g., the need for quality supervision, realistic salaries, etc.). The purpose of this discussion will be to exchange information on standards being used in various parts of the country either formally or informally and to produce a working draft of a national standard for Outreach Educators as vital contributors to Public Health. As a starting point for discussion, the Community Health Education Center (CHEC) will present policy recommendations for "Supporting and Enhancing the Work of Outreach Educators," recently approved and adopted by the Boston Public Health Commission in Massachusetts
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Facilitator(s):Herman Perez, BGS
12:30 PMA grassroots agenda
Miriam Price-Eubanks
12:30 PMCommunity health workers: a public health priority
John Auerbach
12:30 PMDeveloping a community health worker taskforce
Lissette Blondet
12:30 PMDrafting a Public Health Agenda for Community Health Workers
Herman Perez
12:30 PMStrengthening Outreach Education Practice
Helen Rodrigues-Trias
Sponsor:Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Cosponsors:Food and Nutrition; Health Administration; Women's Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA