Developing a stackable CHW certification curriculum with an emphasis on mental health as part of an integrated care model
By training new CHW/Ps to identify mental health needs in their communities, extend mental health services into colonias (unincorporated neighborhoods without access to city infrastructure and services), and coordinate mental health services for underserved residents, the STITCH program uses culturally competent and community-based strategies to address mental health needs in South Texas. Access to mental health services is an unmet need in Texas’ Lower Rio Grande Valley, where many of the region’s predominately Hispanic residents are underinsured or uninsured; living below the Federal Poverty Level; and experience access barriers to healthcare. The STITCH program strengthens the regional CHW/P workforce, by increasing the number of trained CHW/Ps, offering sequential training ladders, and developing a model of true inter-professional collaboration. CHW/Ps work closely with nurses, physicians, PharmDs, social workers, behavioral scientists, nutritionists, and health professionals to provide integrated primary care and deliver mental health services, strengthening the capacity of individual CHWs and the healthcare team to improve community health outcomes.
Notes: Presenter is a CHW/P instructor; CHW/Ps are contributing authors.
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Describe the development of a CHW certification curriculum with a mental health focus Describe the collaborative development of a ‘stackable’ credentialing model for CHWs involving a community based consortium, academic medical programs, a community college, and a certified CHW training center Explain how CHWs with mental health training are involved in the integrated care and interprofessional development programs in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Keyword(s): Mental Health, Community Health Workers and Promoters
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I direct the National CHW Training Center within the Center for Community Health Development, Texas A&M School of Public Health. I am a Texas certified Promotora/Community Health Worker Instructor. Our training center's curriculum served as the base for the adapted mental health-focused CHW curriculum, and I worked closely with the other authors to develop the mental health adaptations.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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