258036 Building CHW leadership skills: The Women's Health Leadership Institute

Monday, October 29, 2012

Susan Kunz, MPH , Platicamos Salud, Mariposa Community Health Center, Nogales, AZ
Kay Strawder, JD, MSW , Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Heatlh, San Francisco, CA
Sheila James, BA , U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Heatlh, San Francisco, CA
Carmen Ferlan, MPH, MIS , Platicamos Salud, Mariposa Community Heatlh Center, Nogales, AZ
Lua Zawacki, MPH , Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Maia Ingram, MPH , Deputy Director, Arizona Prevention Research Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Rosalinda Piper , Health Promotion-Disease Prevention, Mariposa CHC, Nogales, AZ
Jill de Zapien, BA , Associate Dean for Community Programs, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (UA MEZCOPH ), Tucson, AZ, AZ
The Women's Health Leadership Institute (WHLI) is a new national initiative sponsored by the DHHS Office on Women's Health. The purpose of the WHLI is to build the leadership skills of Community Health Workers (CHWs) as community change agents to reduce health disparities among women. Although CHWs are a recognized workforce for outreach, education, patient navigation and referral, the leadership potential of CHWs to address the root causes of health disparities and build health equity is yet underdeveloped. The WHLI Curriculum consists of five modules that build CHW leadership capacity in terms of systemic thinking, group facilitation, needs assessment and planning in order to promote collective action at a community level. Under the guidance of a national Stakeholder Group of CHW experts, the Institute is developing a team of Master Trainees from the ten Public Health Regions. In turn, these Master Trainees will train up to 200 CHWs across the country. The WHLI is highly interactive so that CHWs can build on their collective experience and then apply what they learned when they return home. CHW Trainees receive ongoing support and web-based technical assistance for their community-based projects. Evaluation of the WHLI is measuring the cultural appropriateness of the curriculum for a diverse national audience. CHW Trainees from the first five public health regions will share their impressions and preliminary evaluation results. Information on how to become a CHW Trainee will be shared and suggestions on how to further disseminate the WHLI will be explored.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Define the five core competencies of the Institute. 2. Explain how leadership development is important to the role of CHWs as change agents. 3. Describe how to become involved in the Institute.

Keywords: Leadership, Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a lead member of a team that is implementing and disseminatng the project. I direct a health promotion and disease prevention department at a FQHC that uses innovative CHW strategies to address social determinants of health. I received a MPH degree from UC Berkeley and I have more than 30 years of community health program development experience with Hispanic/Lation and American Indian Alaska Native commmunities.
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.