Online Program

Reach su comunidad: A community health worker model emphasizing policy, systems and environmental strategies to address hispanic health disparities among 6 US-states

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Hector Balcazar, PhD, UT School of Public Health, UT School of Public Health. El Paso Regional Campus, El Paso, TX
Charlie Alfero, Director, Center for Health Innovation, Hidalgo Medical Services, Silver City, NM
Rachel Kutcher, Hidalgo Medical Services, NM
Seth Doyle, Northwest Regional Primary Care Association, Seattle, WA
Martha Monroy, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Jorge Ibarra, MD, MPH, El Paso Regional Campus, UTHealth School of Public Health, El Paso, TX
Grassia Melendez, Northwest Regional Primary Care Association
Aaron Hozid, Hidalgo Medical Services. Center for Health Innovation
Reach Su Comunidad is a Consortium of organizations that have demonstrated commitment to improve the health of Hispanic populations in 15 selected communities from Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington by supporting the leadership of local community organizations utilizing community health workers as community change facilitators to complement direct service provisions. This Consortium is integrating a unique community empowerment and ecological public health model to improve the health of Hispanic populations among the 15 communities by utilizing policy (P), systems (S) and environmental (E) strategies guided by community health workers. A transformative process approach is being implemented to guide the goals and specific objectives set by the 15 sub-recipients within the targeted States specifically supporting proper nutrition, physical activity and healthy changes in weight. These processes include: 1) establishing a functional multi-sector community coalition to constitute the "community leadership team"; 2) utilizing a community assessment/policy scan to drive the community health worker model for implementing PSE activities in vulnerable Hispanic communities; 3)advancing health equity by integrating the community health worker model into community-level PSE strategy implementation ; 4) receiving ongoing technical assistance by the Consortium that includes a comprehensive toolkit with an in-depth ecological evaluation to measure components of the PSE activities lead by community health workers. This presentation will provide highlights of all of the components of the Reach Su Comunidad Initiative.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Program planning
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Define the different components of the Reach Su Comunidad Consortium to facilitate the implementation of the community health worker model for addressing Hispanic health disparities associated with nutrition, physical activity and weight.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Health Promotion, Community Assets

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked with the development and implementation of several community health worker interventions focusing on Hispanic populations.
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.