The Community Health Workers Training Project graduated its first class of recruits recently in Mobile, AL after an amazing and intensive two-week training program. The newly trained community health workers (CHWs) will help connect residents in need with professional health services. CHWs were drawn from police, schools, civic groups, faith-based organizations, and similar community groups and will represent all dimensions of the social fabric in the affected communities.
The Community Health Workers Training Project is one of several projects within the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP). GRHOP is designed to increase health care access in the areas affected by the BP oil spill. USA Coastal Resource & Resiliency Center, in partnership with Tulane University School of Public Health, is spearheading the project.
Alliance Institute handled the Community Leadership module of the CHW training curriculum. The session focused on helping students understand grassroots organizing and advocacy, collaborative problem solving, and applying these important tools in their work on GRHOP.