ADA North Texas Community Health Workers and Promotores Training and Certification Program

ADA North Texas Community Health Workers and Promotores Training and Certification Program Approve by the Texas Department of State Health Services

The American Diabetes Association North Texas Office is the first and only ADA field office in to receive of certification to provide the 160-hour training by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), as set forth in Senate Bill 1051 (77th Texas Legislative Sessions). The program provides leadership to enhance the development and implementation of statewide training and certification standards, and administrative rules for the Promotora(s) or Community Health Workers (CHWs).

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Across Texas, the Community Health Worker (CHW) is emerging as a vital link between underserved communities and health care providers.  They provide culturally appropriate outreach, prevention, intervention, and treatment services which are based in, and reflect, the value systems of the community. CHWs are an effective and efficient means of improving community health by linking communities and health care systems.  CHWs will receive certification from DSHS after completion of the program to include twenty hours of training in communication, interpersonal, service coordination, capacity building, advocacy, teaching, organizational and health issue skills.

Community Health Worker or Promotora requirements

  • Be 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Possess good oral and written skills
  • Complete online application and criminal background check
  • Submit registration fee

CHW Training will begin Sat., June 7, 2014 at the American Diabetes Association Office at 4100 Alpha Road in Dallas.  Call to register now, space is limited.  For more information, please contact Sherry Hill, Director of Education at shill@diabetes.org or 972.392.1181 x6097.

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