A message of hope and a call to action:

Colleagues,

Image source: Office of Council District 5 Shirley Gonzales

I hope this message finds you doing well. As we are all adjusting our lives to make the best with what we have while supporting our families and continuing to work either from the safety and comfort of our homes [for some] or continuing to go to work as usual, I pray that you find strength, courage, and wisdom to continue thriving and moving forward.

Let’s all do what we can to stay informed and to only consume and share information conducive to understanding this disease of COVID-19. We can help others understand the seriousness and benefits of practicing social distancing and good hygiene along with other preventative measures recommended by public health officials and health care providers by being responsible role models and advocates.

Changing the behavior and culture to adjust to social distancing recommendations in addition to the economical, emotional, mental, and physical health impact this public health crisis is causing is overwhelming, to say the least. But It is evident that we need each other and of our community to get us through this public health crisis and therefore we need to do what we can to be positive influencers in helping others around us to change their behavior and approach. We can do this by dispelling any myths, fears or misinformation and by modeling handwashing, social distancing and safe greeting alternatives as well as connecting people to needed services.

Furthermore, I commend those of you taking care of your families, children, the elderly and those with immunocompromised systems. I also, applaud every effort made by you in helping the community by volunteering, donating to local organizations, buying local, by continuing serving your clients/patients and students and by buying only the necessary items for your family.

Collectively, we can all do our part to contain the community spread of the virus. Please stay safe and practice precaution when interacting with individuals and when returning home to your family and loved ones.

Reach out for support to fellow CHWs or friends and stay connected.

Sincerely,

Guadalupe Cornejo, CHWI

How can I avoid infection with COVID-19?


A message from San Antonio Metropolitan Health District:

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

All CHWs and health educators have an important responsibility of disseminating facts and informing the community using best practices and reliable information. Please visit Metropolitan Health District website to access updates, fact sheets and other educational material.

https://www.sanantonio.gov/Health/News/Alerts/CoronaVirus?fbclid=IwAR1ErtTzfLiryfgw0T-vwBHZrnaMt9Vq89iIWUOk3kqPv-IrIKvUHp5BaOo

Adopt A Senior Coordinator Program Invites you to Senior Fiesta 2020

Adopt A Senior, a program of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio invites you to attend this important Fiesta Event. Share information with seniors and their families, caregivers and providers. For questions, contact Lupe Torres Morin, Adopt A Senior Coordinator at (210) 222-1294 ext. 2275 or lmorin@ccaosa.org

2 Job Openings

Healthcare Surveyor

Phase I – Research Surveys

Job Type:                     Temporary Staffing

Assignment Dates:     10/28/19 – 7/31/2020

Work Hours/Days:     Variable schedule, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm (10-15 hours/week)

Work Sites:                 Pleasanton, TX and surrounding communities (within 30 miles)

Specific Duties:

  • Follows study protocol as defined by the Principal Investigator, Program Director or Research Staff
  • Administers surveys and conducts other assessments with study participants in a community setting, both indoors and outdoors
  • With general oversight from the Principal Investigator, works closely with and reports to the Research Coordinators to implement study protocol
  • Record participant measurements and organize and maintain study participants records
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Able and willing to travel to various community settings
  • Ability to occasionally lift study equipment or supplies, up to 25 pounds
  • Strong skills in both written and oral communication

Qualifications:

  • 18+ years of age with valid Texas drivers license
  • Required Licenses/Certifications Required: CITI – Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Training to be provided to Research team)
  • Computer Programs: Microsoft Office Suite including MS Word, Outlook and Excel
  • Computer Experience: Intermediate level
  • Must have current immunizations including annual flu shot , annual TB Skin test (PPD), MMR, Varicella-zoster, TDAP and Hep B series

Please submit resumes with contact information to:

Melissa Garay, Talent Acquisition Specialist

InGenesis

mgaray@ingenesis.com

www.ingenesis.com

Lennox Seminar Lecture: From Moments to Movements: The Power of Community Activism and Organizing

Lennox Seminar Lecture: From Moments to Movements: The Power of Community Activism and Organizin

Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Rosa Clemente, hip-hop activist, community organizer, and former Green Party candidate for vice president, will present a public lecture as a part of the 2020 Lennox Seminar, “Speaking Truth to Power.” Community organizing is the process of building power. This workshop will provide a history of select social justice movements of the last 50 years. It will show how building movements provide space for people to work together for a common social, political and cultural goal. Weaving the personal narrative of the workshop leader we will outline how move from social media moments and viral hashtags to building decentralized movements. What is needed for an idea to be transformed from an idea of the few to the idea of many? How do we build movements that are non-hierarchical? How do we make sure these organizing efforts are inclusive of the multiple identities that we all carry? The workshop will also provide tool that we use to inspire and engage young people to become community activists and organizers.

 

Community Health Worker classes for March 2020

Northwest Vista College is offering the following classes for Flex II, date range March 23, 2020 – May 16, 2020.

Wellness and Health Promotion – 20447 – CHLT 1302 – 001

This class is offered at the Westside Education & Training Center BD 1 RM 17, 563 SW 40th St. San Antonio, Tx 78237.

Community Nutrition – 36507 – CHLT 1305 – 002

This class is offered at the Eastside Education & Training Center, 4551 Dietrich Rd, Room 203, San Antonio, Tx 78219.

Community Health Advocacy – 36503 – CHLT 1340 – 002

This is a fully online Internet course, which begins on Mar 23rd. Online students are expected to complete an attendance verification activity by day 3 or you may be dropped from the course. If you are new to Online Courses, you are required to enroll in a free “Orientation to Online Learning” mini–course. Register for OLRN 0001, CRN 19326, or 19327. This Online Course is accessed through ACES/My Courses.

Community Health Field Methods – 33743 – CHLT 1342 – 002

This is a fully online Internet course, which begins on March 23rd. Online students are expected to complete an attendance verification activity by day 3 or you may be dropped from the course. If you are new to Online Courses, you are required to enroll in a free “Orientation to Online Learning” mini–course. Register for OLRN 0001, CRN 19326, or 19327. This Online Course is accessed through ACES/My Courses.

https://www.alamo.edu/nvc/chw

Community Health Worker Students brainstorming and planning wellness and safety community event

Northwest Vista Community Health Worker Students

Faculty at Northwest Vista College Community Health Worker Program hosted a Meet and Greet for students, both online and face-to-face Community Health Worker classes. Students enjoyed getting to meet other classmates, asked questions about internship options, degree plans and employment.

As a result of this meet and greet, community health worker students formed a planning committee to organize and execute a wellness and safety community event. Planning is underway and students will be looking at engaging other community partners and fellow CHWs to promote and get the word out to the community.

For any questions about this post, please contact Guadalupe Cornejo, CHW Instructor at mcornejo2@alamo.edu

AlamoPROMISE Information session. Come learn about Tuition-Free College!

When:           Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9 AM—10 AM: for Community Partners

  • Learn how to become a community ambassador for the AlamoPROMISE program

10 AM — 12 PM:  For current high school seniors

  • AlamoPROMISE Workshop for students to complete program requirements

Where:         Westside Education & Training Center

563 SW 40th St, San Antonio, TX  78237    

** Hosted by: Alamo Colleges District & Northwest Vista College’s Community Health Workers

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alamopromise-information-session-tickets-89427856125

CHW Instructor /Austin

The Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center is still seeking PRN CHW Instructors to teach a full CHW Certification course (160 hours) in Austin, TX

Name of training program: Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center at Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center
• Title: Community Health Worker Certification Course
• Date: Spring Term – January 2020 – April 2020 (MWF)
• Time: 9am-4pm
• Method: Face-to-face
• Location: Austin
• Compensation: To be discussed; mileage reimbursement if traveling outside Austin. 
• Language: English

Duties:

o   Deliver and facilitate 160 hour CHW certification course

o   Implement effective classroom management techniques

o   Assess student learning objectives through classwork/homework, quizzes, and project-based assignments

o   Meet regularly with coordinator to assess the progress of each participant

o   Review instructional content, methods, and student evaluations to assess strengths and weaknesses and develop recommendations for course revision and development 

o   Participate in sessions to generate ideas for program improvements and attend staff meetings

o   Performs related duties as assigned

Qualifications:

o   Current Texas Community Health Worker Instructor certification

o   Two to four years’ experience in teaching diverse student populations

o   Experience in the integration of technology in the classroom and using technology-based instruction to enhance student performance

o   Strong knowledge of communicative teaching practices

o   Ability to motivate students and communicate effectively

o   Ability to effectively document student progress and make instructional decisions based on this data

o   Flexibility in dealing with curricular changes to master objectives

o   Must be responsible, creative, motivated, patient, and friendly

o   Ability to mentor students to help them achieve academic and on-the-job success

For more information : Vanessa Mendez, CHW Program Coordinator at CHWTraining@BSWHealth.org.

Vanessa Mendez, BS, CHWI, CHW Program Coordinator, CHW Training Community Health Worker Training Center 4500 Spring Avenue | Dallas, TX 75210 214-865-3065 Office

Happy Birthday Dr. Martinez

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We wish you a very happy birthday Dr. Martinez. We hope you are enjoying your day and that you are blessed with good health and the love of your family and friends.

We are grateful to have you and for everything you have done educating a force of CHWs and supporting us in furthering our education and professional goals.

 

Job Opening- Houston

Job Alert Houston Area, Position: Interventionist -U.S. Pointer

Jon Summary

The Interventionist will be responsible for ensuring that participants complete their assigned lifestyle intervention program, which will include physical exercise, a healthy diet, and intellectual and social stimulation.
Source: from a colleague.
Rose A. Trevino-Whitaker, MPH
Program Manager at Kelsey Research Foundation

Apply at: https://jobs-kelsey.icims.com/jobs/21214/interventionist–u.s.-pointer/job?mobile=false&width=846&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-360&jun1offset=-300

CHWs at Operation Cold Front 2.0

CHWs and Allies,

We had a very successful Thanksgiving Volunteer Day on November 27th thanks to the participation and kindness of those in attendance. And, we have another opportunity for you.

If you are available next Saturday, December 14th., we ask you to join us. We’ll be providing support to VetStrong, a local non-profit organization, during their second annual Operation Cold Front. At this event, VetStrong will be issuing cold-weather gear (blankets, jackets…) to veterans and their depends and to the general public.

Volunteers are needed. You’re welcome to come by and volunteer for an hour or two.

If attending, please RSVP and we look forward to seeing you!

To Volunteer, RSVP using the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chws-at-operation-cold-front-20-tickets-85290172201

CHWs as “Ambassadors” for AlamoPromise

Colleagues,
As CHWs we are advocates for change and transformative change can only occur when we advocate for the vulnerable populations to improve their lives.  Education is key and the AlamoPromise can be the vehicle we can use to move our at-risk communities to better lives in the future.
Early next year you will be invited to attend a training session at the WETC to become “Ambassadors” for AlamoPromise.  Our goal is to inform and encourage family members, guardians, and relatives of graduating HS seniors in 2020 who do not have any plans or intentions of earning any additional educational skills after HS.

We want to use our relationships with these family members and friends to encourage them to involve their HS senior in the AlamoPromise to gain workplace certifications in over 80 different areas or an Associate Degree.  The “Ambassador” training will also include an orientation to FAFSA which can be an obstacle for some families in completing the application.
As part of this initiative, Alamo Colleges is hosting a “Cafe con Leche” to acquaint parents/family/friends about opportunities including AlamoPromise, Dual Credit, Student Support Services and more.
On December 12th from 9:00 AM to Noon at 2222 N. Alamo, the Alamo College’s new district headquarters the first “Cafe con Leche” ( flyerhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1qeKG7tvNXYYZ6QfCtWa7Og1IyiPOxY8x/view?usp=sharing) and I strongly encourage you to get the parents and family members of graduating HS seniors next Spring to attend, especially those families who have no experience with college opportunities. As alumni, join them in the event to make them feel more welcome.
You can call 210-485-0790 to pre-register, or just register when you arrive at the event.

Over 45% of all HS seniors in San Antonio never earn any additional educational certificates or degrees.  This is perhaps the single biggest social dimension that prevents individuals from a more positive future and fulfilling lives.
Each of us has a responsibility to reach out and help the changes necessary to improve our communities.
Thanks, FM

A day of Service at Sacred Heart Senior Center: Sharing Joy and Serving our Community

Community Health Worker and students will volunteer to serve the community in preparation for the festivities of Thanksgiving Day.

Volunteers will assist in the distribution of food which will be provided by the San Antonio Food Bank.

Date and Time

Wed, November 27, 2019

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST

Location

Sacred Heart Senior Center

2123 West Commerce Street

San Antonio, TX 78207

Activities include:

Helping with registration

Directing traffic and people

Sorting out food items

Loading food boxes/bags to individual’s vehicle or carts

You are encouraged to bring the following:

Water-resistant work gloves

Grocery plastic bags

Grocery totes you wish to donate

This will be an outdoor activity, dress comfortably. We’ll have some long sleeve t-shirts available on a first come-first served basis.

This event is in coordination with Community Health Worker Program at Northwest Vista College, San Antonio Community Health Workers Association and Sacred Heart.

Emergency/waiver Form will need to be signed. We’ll have some available the day of the event.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-day-of-service-at-sacred-heart-senior-center-sharing-joy-and-serving-our-community-tickets-82881594079