Community Health Workers, or Promotores de Salud, increase wellness by reaching out to, connecting with, and engaging underserved families and communities to help improve health outcomes for themselves, their families, and the communities in which they live.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ Community Health Workers are certified by the Texas Department of State Health (DSHS) as having completed an approved 160 hours competency-based instructor training program. They are also required to complete 20 hours of continuing education every two years approved by DSHS to renew their certification. Required courses include Introduction to Community Health; Community Health Advocacy; Community Nutrition; Community Health Field Methods; Wellness and Health Promotion; and Cooperative Community Health Education.
- Establishing positive, trusting relationships with community residents in or from underserved communities
- Helping patients/clients, families and underserved communities overcome barriers in language and culture to better connect to quality health care services and resources
- Connecting underserved populations to health care services and resources
- Providing informal counseling, support and follow-up home visits for patients/patients
- Aiding in the creation and maintenance of community partnerships, collaborations, programs and services
Currently, Community Health Workers are located in Corpus Christi, San Angelo and San Antonio.
To learn more, or to locate a Community Health Worker near you, call 1-800-959-6673 and ask for the Community Health Worker program manager.