CTSI CECD Program and FL-CHW Coalition Sponsor Research Retreat
Brendaly Rodríguez, CECD Program Manager and Co-President of the Florida Community Health Worker Coalition, presents at the retreat.
On January 21, The Miami CTSI Community Engagement & Cultural Diversity Program (CECD) along with the Florida Community Health Worker Coalition sponsored a Community Health Worker Certification Examination Testing Research Retreat in Orlando, Fla.
The day-long retreat supported research training activities of the Florida-CHW Coalition Implementation/Advisory Group and focused on community health worker certification standards including, core competencies, roles and associated skills, continuing education, and specifically the written test component of the exam.
Community health workers (also known as promotores de salud) serve as a liaison between health services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality of service delivery. Their duties include outreach, health education counseling, health advocacy and health promotion/ lifestyle change.
Brendaly Rodríguez, CECD Program Manager and Co-President of the Florida Community Health Worker Coalition, presented on the importance of stakeholder and community input in surveys and testing instruments, which helps define project vision, ensures that local stakeholder and community needs are being addressed, and helps build support for idea development.
Attendees came from across the state for the training workshop and represented institutions like St. Petersburg College, American Indian Council, health insurance service providers, Pasco County Health Department, MHP Salud and federally qualified health centers.