The Texas Gulf Coast CHW/Promotors Association (TGCCPA) is a nonprofit association with a mission to meet the needs of the diverse CHW workforce throughout the Texas gulf coast by improving communication, providing access to resources, and improving job opportunities. The TGCCPA has established chapters of the association to accommodate CHWs in various metropolitan areas; hosts an annual conference with over 200 CHWs in attendance; sponsors quarterly meetings to both inform the CHW community and provide continuing education and has a growing membership as a result of these efforts.
Who Are Community Health Workers?
A community health worker — or promotor(a) de salud — is defined by Texas DSHS (Department of State and Health Services) as a person who, with or without compensation is a liaison and provides cultural mediation between health care and social services, and the community.
A CHW is a trusted member and has a close understanding of the ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, and life experiences of the community served. He or she assists people to gain access to needed services and builds individual, community, and system capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, patient navigation and follow-up, community health education and information, informal counseling, social support, advocacy, and participation in clinical research.
CHW’s Work in a Variety of Settings
- Health Centers
- Federally Qualified Health Centers
- Managed Care Organizations
- Public/Community Health Commons Facilities
- Tribal Communities
- Community Based Organizations
- Bridging/cultural mediation between communities and the health care systems
- Providing culturally appropriate and accessible health education and information
- Assuring that people get the services they need
- Providing informal counseling and social support
- Advocating for individuals and community needs
- Providing direct services
- Building individual and community capacity
- Acting as a member of the care delivery team
- Serving as a navigator
- Screening and health education provider
- Acting as an outreach/ enrollment/ informing agent
- Acting as a community organizer National
CHW Core Competencies
- Communication Skills
- Interpersonal Skills
- Capacity Building Skills
- Advocacy Skills
- Organizational Skills
- Case Management
- Knowledge of specific health issues
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