Texas AHEC East continues search for community health worker candidates
April 28, 2012 at 9:01 p.m.
Updated April 27, 2012 at 11:28 p.m.
The Texas Area Health Education Center East-Victoria Region is accepting late applications for a community health worker training class in Port Lavaca.
The course trains people to become a specialized type of liaison capable of bringing local residents in touch with health care services and education.
Those who take the course also learn how to educate individuals on issues such as nutrition and exercise so that they can take control of and improve their health.
Late applications are being accepted until Tuesday. Five more students will be accepted for training. Tuition for the class is provided from the Alcoa Foundation.
"Once training has been completed, certified community health workers will typically be employed by hospitals and long-term care facilities, or possibly the health department," said Paula Crawford, program coordinator of Texas AHEC East-Victoria Region. "They will work to fill some of the voids we're seeing in health care services where people sometimes fall through the cracks."
According to Texas AHEC East, many Texas residents are marginalized by poverty and cultural traditions that keep them from accessing vital health care services. A community health worker may already work in a healthcare field, such as a certified nurse aide or medication aide, but is also a member of the local community and likely to share ethnicity, language and socioeconomic status with local residents.
Funding for the Community Health Worker program is provided by the Alcoa Foundation for the Calhoun County Wellness Initiative.