All you Need to Know About Becoming a CHW

Our colleague and Instructor at Northwest Vista College, Guadalupe, shared the link to a folder from today’s 2020 Career Pathways YES! Virtual Event hosted by Workforce Solutions Alamo. In this folder, you will find all you need to know about becoming a CHW. You will find the course schedule for Spring 2021, and for individuals seeking certification through Alamo College’s district’s continuing education department, you will find the fee schedule/course and you will also find a summary of the skills and competencies for community health workers.

To access the folder, click this link–KUu_NPUPS7LUb24FyZB?usp=sharing

For questions about the program at Northwest Vista College, feel free to contact faculty member Guadalupe Cornejo at

Open Enrollment Deadline Reminder


The open enrollment deadline is approaching, the last day to enroll for a health plan for 2021 is December 15th. Please ensure you, your family, friends, clients/friends are covered. To request an appointment you may call or schedule online.
Time is running out and appointments are filling up.

Manternerse a Salvo Mientras Vota

Escucha los consejos que comparte nuestra colega y enfermera Faith. Ejerce tu derecho a votar, planea y toma precauciones para protejerte contra COVID-19. En este video, Faith comparte unos consejos muy importantes y faciles de seguir!

Our CHW colleague and Registered Nurse, Faith Aguilar shares some recommendations on how to protect yourself while exercising your right to vote.

A student’s academic journey, from CHW certificate to a four-year university.

Congratulations to our colleague Silvia Moreno for sharing her story. And, what an awesome testament to the many success stories that began with a person taking the first step to enroll in the #CommunityHealthWorker program at #Northwestvista 🙂#goals🙂#Motivation🙂#Mentors🙂#AlamoColleges🙂

Silvia, we are proud of your personal, academic, and professional development journey. And, like you, many of us are grateful to have crossed paths with Dr. Fernando Martinez and the community health program at Northwest Vista College.

Silvia Moreno, a graduate of Northwest Vista College’s Community Health Worker Program.

City Council voted 9-0-1 to declare racism a public health crisis in San Antonio, TX.

On Thursday, August 20, 2020 City Council voted 9-0-1 to declare racism a public health crisis in our city. “With this resolution, we are called to recognize the clear, unvarnished truth in how racism has shaped the health of our community” San Antonio City Council District 7.

We (SACHWA) along with My Brother’s Keeper- San Antonio, YWCA San Antonio, IDRA, the Mexican American Civil Rights Institute – MACRI, and United Communities of San Antonio (UCSA) joined in support of this resolution.

Colleagues, as you know, many of the barriers to achieving good health in our community stems from outcomes that are directly correlated to systemic and structural racism and economic segregation. Therefore, having this resolution in place serves as a vehicle towards creating policies and programming across systems and thus enable equity in the access and distribution of resources.

Below is the copy of the letter of support submitted to City Council. You are called to take action towards advancing this resolution into action items as it applies to your personal life, work and community.

SACHWA Letter of Support

Why do I wear a mask? Cover for COVID Campaign

A collaboration with our fellow #communityhealthworker Ludi, Guadalupe Community Health Instructor, and Digital Video and Cinema Production student from #Northwesvista College joined #SouthCentralAHEC to share the reason why they wear a mask. Tell us, why do you wear a mask? #CoverForCOVID spread prevention messages not the virus #Health is #PersonalHealth and #CommunityHealth

Watch our fellow community health worker, CHW instructor and community members share the reasons why they wear a mask.

DSHS Certified Presentations

You are invited to attend the DSHS certified CEUs, 4 hours in two sessions, on August 8, 2020.  The first session is from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, then a break for lunch from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM and the second 2-hour session begins at 1:00 PM and ends and 3:00 PM. 

A separate invitation will be sent later for the August 15th session which begins at 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Remember, you must attend all three sessions totaling six hours to get credit for attendance.  There will be no partial credit. 

For questions and to request registration link, please email Dr. Martinez at

Distribution of boxes in bulk to deliver to clients – 7/22/20

Below is a message from Jordan at the health collaborative. Please reach out to her for questions or details. Thanks.

The Health Collaborative is holding a produce box distribution in partnership with Eco Centro tomorrow. I wanted to welcome the CHW network to pick up boxes in bulk and deliver to clients or distribute from your own office. If you are available to pick up food tomorrow for your clients, please email me at and I will reserve boxes for you and send pick-up details! Thank you for all your work and for helping us get this food into the community.

Mental Health for parents and children separated at US-Mexico Border

“Todo Por Mi Familia” is a nationwide initiative that coordinates trauma-focused mental health services for immigrant parents and children who were separated from each other at the US-Mexico border and are now living in the US. Many families that were separated at the border don’t know that they have access to mental health services under the “Zero Tolerance Policy”
All services are free, confidential, and conducted in the families’ preferred language. Please see the flyers for more information. Services are coordinated and provided via local mental health providers.

Todo Por Mi Familia Hotline: 844.529.3327

Todo Por Mi Familia Email:

Outreach Counselor Position Posted-Maximus

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct one-on-one and group outreach presentations to recipients and community members.
  • Present program education and enrollment options to recipients.
  • Present managed care options to recipients and assist them in using their health care and dental plans.
  • Maintain positive relationships with county staff, state agencies, community groups and recipients.
  • Complete direct data entry into designated internal automated systems in accordance with project policies and procedures.
  • Conduct outreach including phone calls, home visits and community presentations in the field in accordance with project policy and procedures (75% of the time).
  • Establish and maintain knowledge of community and participates in community events, health fairs, and other activities as needed.
  • Assist other Outreach Counselors and other team members with management and completion of daily duties.

For full job description and to apply follow this link—outreach-%28bexar-county-service-area-region-8%29/job?mobile=false&width=1519&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-360&jun1offset=-300
CSR 2 – Outreach (Bexar County Service Area Region 8)

Job Announcement

The Health Collaborative is hiring Certified CHWs. Job description and job posting are attached. We welcome interested applicants to contact HUB Manager, Sophia Velasquez

Please attach resume and copy of CHW certification in email.Promotoras/Community Health Workers 

The Health Collaborative is hiring certified Community Health Workers to join our team! The Health Collaborative is seeking passionate individuals interested in helping people in Bexar County navigate and access services and resources.

The CHW position will support the Grow Healthy Together Pathways HUB program: a data driven, care coordination system made up of CHWs from organizations throughout the community, working together to empower individuals and families to improve their health outcomes. 

Multiple FT contracted positions availableIf you are interested please contact Sophia Velasquez

Attach resume and copy of CHW certification in email.   

Jordan McIlveen, MPH, CPH(Pronouns: She/Her)Data

The Health Collaborative 2300 W Commerce Ste. 201, San Antonio, TX 78207(210) 481-2573 x 107

Northwest Vista College Community Health Grads Provide Support During COVID-19

Congratulations to Dr. Fernando Martinez for his publication in the #RivardReport.

Dr. Martinez is not only the program coordinator and professor at #NorthwestVistaCollege but he is one of the biggest advocates for the CHW profession in San Antonio, Texas, and beyond. He is a mentor to many students and alumni and his continued support to the association has been invaluable. Thank you for what you do for your students and for your continued support as CHW graduates move into their community health worker profession.

To read the Rivard Report story, follow the link below

Fernando Martinez Ph.D and Community Health Worker students supporting Sacred Heart Senior Center with food distribution [photo taken on November, 2018]