Online Program

Enhancing Program Outreach and Impact through CHW Partnerships

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Colleen Reinert, MPH, MHP Salud, Bradenton, FL
Ashley Martin, MPH, Strategy and Analytics, MHP Salud, Bradenton, FL
As Community Health Worker (CHW) programs become increasingly present and continue to evolve throughout the country, a variety of models and compensation options have emerged, including staff and volunteer CHW programs.  While each type of program has its benefits and unique considerations, health and social programs can draw on both staff and volunteer CHWs to build community capacity and increase program outreach, communication, and awareness.  Creating a multi-level, synergistic partnership between CHWs expands program services by supporting staff CHWs to focus on direct service responsibilities (such as one-to-one support and education) and volunteer CHWs to conduct outreach and program promotion.

This partnership model can be mutually beneficial by allowing staff CHWs to strengthen their leadership abilities and build upon organizational and communication skills as points-of-contact for volunteer CHWs, and by enabling volunteer CHWs to gain community-based outreach experience while fostering their professional development.  In this session, MHP Salud will highlight the collaboration between staff CHWs and volunteer CHWs in two of its Community Health Worker programs that work to prevent sexual and domestic violence in underserved Latino communities.  Additionally, participants will engage in discussion on how to replicate the model in their own program or community.  MHP Salud CHWs will actively contribute to the development of the presentation and at least one CHW will co-present to share their experiences working within this model.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Differentiate between the roles of a staff Community Health Worker and a volunteer Community Health Worker. Explain the benefits of utilizing both staff and volunteer CHWs to expand the outreach and impact of health and social programs. Identify effective ways to develop a CHW partnership model to enhance services to the community.

Keyword(s): Community Health Workers and Promoters, Domestic Violence

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Over 10 years experience managing CHW programs both in the US and Dominican Republic. Masters degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida. Extensive experience in program design and implementation.
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.