Southwest Border AHEC recognizes the significant role CHW’s play in reaching communities. V.O.C.E.S. (Vitalizing Our Community through Education and Support) is a CHW led program in which outreach and education strategies are utilized to overcome barriers and help bridge the gap between individuals and care providers to improve outcomes for a variety of health conditions. Click here to learn more.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM
Community Health Workers provide health education to hard-to-reach populations. CHW’s deliver culturally appropriate health information, connect people to healthcare or other related services, provide guidance on specific health behaviors, and advocate for individual and community health needs.
COMMUNITY HEALTH CLUB
CHW led program in which an approved curriculum is used to promote wellness and improve outcomes for a variety of health conditions. Community members gather in-person to learn about specific health issues relevant to their community. The Community Health Club is based on Dr. Rosenfeld's model which fosters identity development, collaborative learning, and community connectedness through peer-to-peer mentoring, training and social support.
HEALTH PROMOTION RESEARCH
In collaboration with local, regional, and national partners, CHW’s aid in community-based research projects that investigate different health conditions affecting our region.
CAPACITY BUILDING & DEVELOPMENT FOR CHW's
We use technology to disseminate expert information on healthcare issues and build capacity among healthcare providers in our area.
Developed by the University of New Mexico in 2003, Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative model of health education and care management that builds capacity among health care providers everywhere to deliver better care to more people, right in their own community. The ECHO model does not actually provide care to patients. Instead, it provides cost-effective knowledge and support to front-line providers so they can manage patients and clients with complex conditions
ST-AHEC Project ECHO
In 2018, after attending Project ECHO’s Immersion Program in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the South Texas AHEC Program collaboratively adapted an existing Project ECHO on Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) for CHWs to make it relevant for our South Texas communities.
For more information visit : https://stahec.uthscsa.edu/programs/project-echo/