The Community Health Workers Training Project is directed by Dr. Steve Picou at the University of South Alabama’s Coastal Resource and Resiliency Center. This $4 million project will work with other GRHOP projects to train Community Health Workers (CHWs) on mental and behavioral health capacity and skills (including “peer listening” techniques), environmental health networking approaches, and primary care capacity. These CHWs will be employed by health clinics in their local communities, with their salary and benefits paid for by the Environmental Health Capacity and Literacy Project, and they will provide educational resources to community partnerships, faith-based and non-profit community organizations, health care providers, and community leaders. 

This five-yea​r investment will develop a network of trained local residents who will help strengthen the health foundation of the community and will serve as community resources for years to come. This will improve the resiliency of the targeted communities and enhance the long-term prospects for thriving, healthy, and sustainable communities. 
 
 
 
Recent Significant Accomplishments
 
  • The Community Health Worker Training Project (CHWTP) staff continues to supply resources to Northern Gulf Coast community residents, make research presentations at community-driven meetings, and to write manuscripts for academic journals.
  • CHWTP staff attended the Boat People SOS 4th Annual Spring into Health Wellness Fair in Bayou La Batre, AL, April 1, 2017.
  • CHWTP staff delivered a presentation entitled, "Community Health Workers: Lessons from the Field" at the GoMRI Research Board In-Person Team Meeting, held in New Orleans, LA, on May 10, 2017.
  • CHWTP's manuscript, "Training Community Health Workers to Enhance Disaster Resilience,manuscript", was accepted on May 30, 2017, for publication in the GRHOP Special Issue, supported by the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice.
  • Additional information about the CHWTP can be found via their Facebook page or the CRRC website.
 
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