Online Program

Community Health Worker Training: Planning, Tools, and Action Points

Sunday, November 1, 2015 : 9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Colleen Reinert, MPH, MHP Salud, Bradenton, FL
This presentation will focus on the initial orientation and training of management staff and Community Health Workers (CHWs) as well as key strategies for on-going capacity building and support.  During the session, MHP Salud will be using Popular Education methods to train participants.  These same techniques can be replicated while training CHWs. Popular Education is a very effective method for building the skills of Community Health Workers.  Focusing on participatory activities allows participants to learn from each others experiences as well as using real life experiences from the community they serve or from common challenges confronted in CHW programs.  Proper orientation and training for both managers and CHWs is important for a successful program.  However, on-going training and support is necessary so that managers continue to learn and address issues and challenges that arise during the course of program implementation.  Initial training components will be discussed during the session, as well as suggestions of on-going training topics and other capacity building opportunities to enhance the work of CHWs.  

By the end of the course participants will have designed their own “training toolbox” and developed a training action plan that will aid them in implementing initial and ongoing capacity building with program managers and CHWs.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate successful popular education methods for training Identify and design training toolbox to aid with staff capacity building/training Formulate training action plan for implementation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I hold my MPH with a concentration in Global Health from the University of South Florida. I have twelve years of experience managing Community Health Worker programs working with several international organizations in the Dominican Republic. I have managed Community Health Workers programs for MHP Salud since 2008. I have been a member of APHA since 2008 and serve as Liaison to other Caucuses, Sections and SPIGS on the APHA CHW Section.
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.