142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Supporting community health workers in New Orleans and beyond: Expansion of the Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Catherine Haywood, BSW , Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences,Prevention Research Center, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Dana Feist, MEd , School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA
Renee' Jenkins, MPH , Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA
Ashley Wennerstrom, PhD, MPH , Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Community health worker (CHW) associations can be an important resource for professional support, but many areas of the country do not yet have such groups.  In this interactive session, CHWs and an academic partner who collaborated on this abstract will outline how a group of New Orleans-based CHWs came together to establish and expand the Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network (LACHON). We will highlight successes and lessons learned for conducting outreach to engage CHWs with various job titles, hosting annual conferences, using our listserv as reliable source of community information, conducting professional development seminars, creating a mentoring program for new CHWs, supporting development of CHW training, and co-leading  a new community-based participatory research project.  Most importantly, we will describe how this model of CHW professional development can be replicated in other areas.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe a replicable model for developing a CHW network Identify strategies for promoting CHW professional development

Keyword(s): Partnerships, Community Health Workers and Promoters

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a co-founder of the Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network. I have worked with community health workers in various capacities for nearly a decade.
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.