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Technical Assistance for Community Health Worker Projects

Technical Assistance for Community Health Worker Projects

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Project

Lupus awareness projects

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Our Role

  • Recruit community health workers / promotores de salud (CHWs) and community health representatives (CHRs) from across the country to participate in pilot studies of lupus awareness courses. Recruiting involved either recruiting individual CHWs and CHRs or organizations that utilize this model.
  • Research process for CHWs to obtain continuing education units (CEUs) for lupus courses. Review CEU certification process for three states and interview key informants in each one.

September 2017 – Training on the Principles of Adult Learning

Training on Adult Learning Principles and Learning Styles

We loved working with the community health worker and project replication teams from Project ECHO out of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine for a 3-hour training on adult learning principles and learning styles. The training was fun and full of interaction, participation, and discussion about ways to understand and engage participants. For this project, we created a customized guide called “Participant Focused Training Guide” which includes both quick and detailed ways to assure one considers their participants — who they are, their backgrounds and cultures, their learning style preferences, their existing knowledge and experiences — in the design of trainings and curricula.

At Soda Creek, integration of adult learning principles is the foundation of much of our work, including curriculum development and the development of learning tools and trainings. Sara Nelson, principal and co-owner, first learned about these principles as well as popular education while volunteering in the Dominican Republic in her teens and then while teaching English as a Second Language in the jails while in college. She has continued to utilize these methodologies throughout her career up to present.

Principles of Adult Learning Preparation

Principles of Adult Learning Preparation

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Project

Training guide and train-the-trainer

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Our Role

Principles of Adult Learning Guide – We developed a customized guide for Project ECHO staff to use when developing training, curricula, and facilitation in order to incorporate the principles of adult learning and strategies for different types of learners.

Train-the-trainer on the principles of adult learning – We introduced Project ECHO staff to the guide (described above) and trained them on how to utilize it when writing curricula and working with different audiences.

October 2016 – National Community Health Worker Day

 National Community Health Worker Day

 

Promotores de Salud / Community Health Workers / Community Health Representatives (CHWs) are key links between patients/clients and providers. They often are from the communities in which they work, are well versed in community resources and how to access them, and are deeply committed to assisting those they serve in culturally competent and compassionate ways. We’re so happy to have collaborated with many CHWs over the years and worked on many CHW related projects. Happy CHW Day!!

Check out the letter from President Obama (to the right) in which he honors the years of work of CHWs.

 

February 2015 – Pilot Training CHW Advocacy

Pilot – Community Health Worker Advocacy Training

Last year, Soda Creek was part of a team that wrote the statewide competency training for community health workers. One of the competencies that we wrote was an 8-hour training on advocacy. It included how to advocate for others, influence systems, and work for change in practices and policy. This month, the training was piloted with navigators from University of New Mexico – Health Science Center’s Pathways program. Venice Ceballos, one of the trainers and a CHW manager at Project ECHO, told us the pilot was a success and the content and activities were very well received by participants.