The Inaugural Class of ADA Community Health Workers Graduates!

Seven students from the American Diabetes Association North Texas Community Health Worker (CHW) Program graduated Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.  Marlenna Crowe, Victoria DeLeon, Victoria Guerra, Margaret Jarvis, Eduardo Ortiz, Esmeralda Ramirez and Domitila Smith received their certificate for completing the vigorous 160-hour certification course taught by instructors Renee Kotsopoulos and Sherry Hill.

The class was the first to graduate from the program.

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The American Diabetes Association North Texas office received state certification in February 2014. The ADA provides certification training and continuing education for CHWs. The primary function of CHWs is to serve as liaisons between the community and the health care system and/or resources within the community. Center for Disease Control supports the use of CHWs as part of a comprehensive, multi-level strategy to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care. CHWs are pursued for their unique ability to serve as “bridges” between health care providers and consumers to promote health among groups that have traditionally lacked access to adequate health care.

Plans for the second CHW class are underway, said Sherry Hill, Director of Education for the ADA. Those interested may contact her at shill@diabetes.org or 972.392.1181 x6097.

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