199064 Between ad hoc and a hard pace: Developing an urban, multicultural CHW ‘Basic Training' initiative

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Karen Denard Goldman, PhD, CHES , Community Health Program, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
Gail Greenidge , Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn HIV Care Network, Brooklyn, NY
Rita Felton , Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Community or employer-based Community Health Worker (CHW) training can be sporadic and spotty (ad hoc); degree programs too distant, didactic, and theoretical (hard pace). To find CHW training “middle ground” and address local CHW needs for core transferable skills and career advancement, a public community college in a large multicultural urban area contacted US CHW training leaders, local CHW employers, and CHWs to find partners and ways to create a CHW training initiative offering the best of both worlds. So far, the initiative includes four projects in their developmental stages: 1) the “CHW-ization” of Community Health courses in a community college Community Health A.S. degree program; (2) the “deconstruction” of the Community Health major into two 12-credit certificate programs culminating in a 24 credit Community Health career launch pad for Community Health Workers or other Community Health practitioners; (3) the formation of a strategic alliance among leaders of local college/university-based CHW training initiatives to coordinate and standardize CHW training citywide; and (4) the design and implementation of a CHW employer survey. A CHW and a community college faculty member will present the initiative, highlighting the roles of partner organizations and CHWs and the initiative's broader applicability. Next, a presenter will facilitate a discussion of (1) initiative strengths and limitations to date in terms of CHW principles, and (2) further opportunities to integrate CHW movement principles into the initiative. Recommendations will be recorded and forwarded to the college's CHW “basic training” partners.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to: define the basic principles guiding the program describe four major program initiatives assess the strengths and weaknesses of the current and proposed program and propose constructive suggestions for consideration

Keywords: Workforce, Public Health Careers

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As co-director of the Community Health Program and an adjunct member of the Kingsborough Community College, CUNY Center on Workforce and Economic Development, I am working with community members and organizations to develop a series of programs and services to enhance the career opportunities and professional development of Community Health Workers. It is my privlege to work with these fantastic frontline people and I take my lead from them and current CHW leaders. I have been a public health educator and a health education professional preparation practitioner for over 20 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.