Sara Nelson, Principal Consultant) has worked with community health workers (CHWs) or promotoras since her early days in health outreach (17 years ago). CHWs promote community voice in health care. They are liaisons between patients and medical providers, they are motivators and advocates, they are teachers and trainers.
In 2002, Sara formed La Comunidad Habla (LCH) which she designed to be a spin on the traditional CHW role. For LCH, she recruited and trained Spanish-speaking women to train their fellow neighbors in finding and accessing online health resources. LCH has grown over the years and the group of CHWs she trained now have their own small-businesses as computer literacy trainers and health communication technical assistants.
Sara has also regularly collaborated with the New Mexico Community Health Worker Association. In June 2012 she gave a presentation on facilitation techniques at their annual training. We also worked together last year to update the Salud Manual, an online and print community resource directory.