Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:
1. Analyze and compare roles, characteristics and responsibilities of Community Health Workers (CHWs) internationally and in the United States.
2. Identify where CHW's work, the populations they work with, and the health issues they address.
3. Discuss the core skills necessary to become an effective CHW.
4. Identify personal qualities and values that are common among successful CHWs.
5. Describe Santa Rosa Junior College program options.
6. Discuss the evolution of the CHW field in the United States.
7. Define health and public health and explain how the field of public health is different from the field of medicine.
8. Identify and discuss the role of CHWs in preventing health inequalities and promoting health justice.
I. Community Health Workers (CHWs): Who Are They and What Do They Do?
A. History of community health work in the United States and internationally
B.Occupational outlook for Sonoma County
II. Description of Santa Rosa Junior College CHW program
A. Certificate program requirements
B. Associate degree with major in CHW
C. Core components of program:
1. outreach techniques and strategies
2. home visiting, referrals
3. health issues; medical terminology
4. structure, function of the body systems
D. Professional advancement and educational opportunities
III. The Effective Community Health Worker
A. Core competencies and roles of CHWs
B. Personal qualities and values of CHWs
C. Overall number, gender, and ethnicity
D. Education and wages
E. Populations served
F. Health issues and work activities
G. Models of Care for CHWs
IV. Emerging Role in Management of Chronic Conditions
A. Chronic disease: The dominant type of illness in the United States
B. CHWs within the health care delivery team
V. Evolution of the CHW Profession in the United States
A. Neighbor assisting neighbor
B. CHW names and definitions
C. The international roots of CHWs
D. History of CHWs in the United States
E. Trends in the CHW field
F. Capacity building and education
G. Policy initiatives and sustainability
H. Networks and conferences
VI. An Introduction to Public Health
A. Defining health
B. Key concepts in defining the field of public health
C. Health inequalities and social determinants of health
D. Emphasis on prevention
F. Social justice
G. Community partnerships
H. Environmental health
VII. Promoting Health Equality
A. Defining health inequality
B. Evidence of health inequalities
C. Causes of health inequalities
D. Impact on society
E. Promoting health equality
F. Role of CHWs in promoting social justice and health equality
G. Homelessness in Sonoma County
1.Readings from textbook, 10-30 pages each week; instructor-selected readings, 3-5 pages per week.
2.Chapter Review exercises at the end of each chapter.
3. Conduct a four-hour shadowing and volunteer experience with Sonoma County community health workers and write a 3-4 page paper describing the agency, community served, and CHW's experiences.
4 .Create and memorize 20-40 medical terminology flash cards.
5. Complete an interactive Web presentation on race inequalities; write a 1-2 page summary and reaction paper.
6 .Complete a 2-4 page paper in response to homeless person experience.
7. Write a 1-2 page community field trip reaction paper.
8. Quizzes (3-5); final exam.
Foundations for Community Health Workers, Berthold, Miller, Avila-Esparza, Wiley & Sons, 1st Ed., 2009