Online Program

Building a National Movement and Consensus: The Rationale and Methods of the Community Health Worker Common Core (C3) Project

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

E. Lee Rosenthal, MPH, PhD, Project on Community Health Worker Policy and Practice, UT School of Public Health, Institute for Health Policy, El Paso Regional Campus, El Paso, TX
Carl Rush, MRP, Community Resources, LLC, San Antonio, TX
Noelle Wiggins, EdD, MSPH, Multnomah County Health Department, Community Capacitation Center, Portland, OR
Sergio Matos, CHW, Community Health Worker Network of NYC, Brooklyn, NY
Donald E. Proulx, MEd, University of Arizona AHEC Program Retired, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Catherine Haywood, BSW, Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences,Prevention Research Center, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Caitlin Allen, MPHc, Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA
Jessica Uriarte, MPH, Community Health Practice, University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston, TX
Gail Hirsch, MEd, Division of Prevention & Wellness, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA
Durrell J. Fox, BS, CWM-CHPR, New England AIDS Education and Training Center -UMASS Medical School, Shrewsbury, MA
Nell Brownstein, Phd, MA, Behavioral Sciences and Helath Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Alpharetta, GA
This presentation, one of three proposed about this Project, will provide an overview of rationale and methods of the Community Health Worker Common Core (C3) Project led by the University of Texas Project on CHW Policy and Practice in cooperation with the National Areas Health Education Centers Organization and the APHA CHW Section. The lack of a formal consensus on CHW Roles and Competencies and no national CHW association are drivers for the C3 Project. The C3 Project builds on work carried out as part of the National Community Health Advisor Study (NCHAS). Since its release in 1998, many in the US have relied on the NCHAS as a guide to help identify CHW Roles or Scope of Practice (SoP) and CHW core Competencies (Skills & Qualities) with a focus on Skills. The C3 Project includes a core team from the 1998 NCHAS study, joined by other experts in the field including CHW consultants, CHW Fellows and other members of a majority CHW Advisory Committee. Together a core Implementation Team undertook a “contemporary” look at CHW Roles and Skills based on an analysis of secondary data in select benchmark documents outlining CHW Roles or SoP and Skills. Benchmark materials were analyzed through a crosswalk; findings were reviewed to refine language and the components of Roles and Skills. A Readers Panel reviewed the C3 Project’s Working Report including recommended Roles and Competencies to ensure readiness for US CHW network review, endorsement and following that review, wider release.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the rationale and methods of the Community Health Worker Common Core (C3) Project targeted to the development of updated Community Health Worker Roles and Competencies (especially Skills)

Keyword(s): Community-Based Research (CBPR)

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: E. Lee Rosenthal is the Director of the C3 Project and therefore is responsible for the planning, implementation, and follow up on every aspect of the Project.
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.