Community Health Worker Training and local capacity building to promote health and prevent disease.
COVID education and outreach through building local community health worker (CHW) workforce:
In July, 2021, SEAHEC was awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the US Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration. SEAHEC will partner with five organizations including: The Arizona Community Health Worker Association – AzCHOW, a state-wide CHW association; two federally qualified health centers – Canyonlands Healthcare and Mariposa Community Health Center; Catholic Community Services/Casa Alitas – a social services agency and Pinal Hispanic Counsel, a behavioral health agency. SEAHEC, and three of its five partners will hire, train, supervise and evaluate a total of 12 CHWs who will be deployed to promote covid-19 vaccination among the most vulnerable groups in the six-county region.
These include: Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties in Southeastern and Central Arizona.; counties were selected due to their high social vulnerability per the CDC Social Vulnerability Index (SVI). Strategies of Proyecto Juntos will include:
- Outreach to identify unvaccinated individuals;
- Share information about how and where to get vaccinated;
- Education to decrease vaccine hesitancy; and
- Help plan, promote and staff vaccine events.