Happy Community Health Worker Day Texans!

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Before the day ends, let me share:

A Message from the Texas Department of State Health Services:

“As declared by the Office of the Governor Greg Abbott, today is Community Health Worker Day in Texas! #TexasCHWDay

In 1999, Texas became the first state to pass legislation for statewide training and credentialing for Promotores de Salud/CHWs (P/CHWs). 20 years later, Texas has since certified over 4,000 P/CHWs.

P/CHWs are non-medical public health workers who connect communities to health care and social service providers. They have the drive and passion, cultural competency, and trust of both the public and providers to help their communities live healthier” (TDSHS,2019).

Please take a moment to celebrate yourself and the CHW in your team, your colleague and your best ally!

Congratulations to all the Promotores/CHWs!

Inaugural Health and Wellness Fair

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The Rotary Club of Alamo Ranch will be hosting their Inaugural Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Taft High School.This event is FREE to the community. The goal for this event is to encourage residents of the Alamo Ranch community and surrounding areas to improve their mental and physical health through positive lifestyle changes by providing resources and education.

Please share!

Statewide Birth-Five Needs Assessment Survey

The Texas Early Learning Council (TELC) is conducting a statewide survey to better understand the needs and challenges of those accessing, providing, and supporting early childhood programs and services in Texas.
The survey is open from Monday, March 25, 2019 to Friday, April 5, 2019 and should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. Questions intended for families and early childhood program and service providers are available in both English and Spanish. If you receive the link to the survey more than once, please complete the survey only one time.
Who should take the survey?
  • Families
  • Staff of early childhood programs and services (childcare, Head Start, public prekindergarten, ECI, and home visiting)
  • Staff of early childhood organizations (membership organizations, advocacy organizations, workforce boards, ESCs, etc.)
  • Community organizations/partners (businesses, health service providers, local governments, religious organizations, etc.)
Please help us ensure the survey reaches as many Texans as possible by forwarding the survey to your family, friends, and colleagues. Organizations are invited to distribute the surveys through their listservs.


2019 Alzheimer’s Educational Summit- March 29

Family Caregivers, Professional and General Public are invited to attend. Registration includes educational materials, food, CEU’s for professionals and access to experts in the field.Students can register for free or pay $10 the day of.If you need a certificate of attendance, then registration is $25
March 29, 20197:30 AM – 4:00 PM CTSan Antonio & South Texas ChapterRegister by Phone: 1.800.272.3900
24/7 HELPLINE800.272.3900
Summit will be at:
Oblate School of Theology285 Oblate DrSan Antonio, TX 78216-6631

Texas Governor issues Proclamation for Community Health Worker Day in Texas – April 8, 2019

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It will be a celebration on Sunday April 7th.
Embassy Suites  5901 North, I-35, Austin, TX 78723
Please read the message from Dia de la Mujer Latina:

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issues Proclamation for April 8, 2019 as



March 15, 2019, Houston, Texas. Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, issued a Proclamation recognizing April 8th 2019as “Community Health Worker Day in Texas”.  Hundreds of Promotores/Community Health Workers from across Texas will be in Austin celebrating this milestone beginning on April 7th with a 4-hour Advocacy Training and a visit to the state Capitol on April 8, 2019 to receive the recognition by both the Senate and the State Representatives.

In 1999, Texas became the first state in the nation to formally recognize Promotores and Community Health Workers (P/CHWs) for their contributions to keep Texans healthy by addressing disparities among underserved and underrepresented vulnerable populations. The population at that time was 20,851,820, with 46% representing a diverse community. The prevalent health concerns were Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer and Communicable Diseases.

Today, 20 years later, the population is 29.10 million, with 55% representing a vast multicultural community and the most pressing health focuses are Medicaid, Opioids and Substance  Abuse, Adult Protective Services, Maternal care, Mental Health, and Vaccines.

“More than 4000 Promotores/Community Health Workers in Texas are trained, certified and equipped to effect positive change in the health and human services landscape”, stated Venus Ginés, who has been training Promotores/CHWs since 1997 in over 39 states and Puerto Rico. Some are working in community clinics, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers, while others have been instrumental in conducting health assessments and early detection screening, such as blood pressures, diabetes testing, HIV testing and vision screening.  During Hurricane Harvey, these trusted members of our community were out in full force rebuilding Houston and its residents into resiliency.

As we look to the future, Texas Promotores/Community Health Workers are fully prepared of playing a greater role in helping populations affected by the social determinates of health to address health disparities through various medians such as in person engagements, via text, social media, tele-health, or in group care settings. Expanding the role of Promotores and Community Health Workers has been the mission of Dia de la Mujer Latina, Inc., the nonprofit who launched the Annual P/CHW Conference since 2011.

TO REGISTER to attend the celebration and conference,  fill out the registration form which can be found at:




Caring for Our Mothers

The City of San Antonio Faith Based Initiative’s Public Health Action Team is hosting a community event and forum on March 21st at 6:00pm at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. The event will bring together faith leaders, community members, and providers to discuss issues related to maternal and child health. For more information, please see the attached flyer.
You can register for the event at https://caringformothersmarch21.eventbrite.com.  


United Way Prenatal Care Survey

Attention Colleagues, please read:

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County is looking to agency partners and the community to better understand the barriers associated with accessing prenatal care. 
Why: In 2015, 34% of expecting moms in Bexar County, ages 20 – 39, received late or no prenatal care.  The 2016 data illustrates that Bexar County had the highest infant mortality rate among all major Texas counties.  Research shows the importance of prenatal care and that early prenatal care can help reduce the risk of pregnancy complications and inform women about important steps they can take to protect their infant and ensure a healthy pregnancy.
The Ask: Please share the survey below with the families you work with.  The short survey is focused on understanding the obstacles to accessing prenatal care and what parents have seen as obstacles for others in their community. The intent of this survey is to better understand what supports are needed and how United Way can create changes to meet the needs of expecting parents. The survey is currently open .  Following the survey, United Way will host a community conversation to further discuss the responses received and offer parents an opportunity to elaborate on their experience.
Prenatal Care Survey Link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sababy

Study/research resource for Bexar and surrounding counties

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to share a great website I found with accurate, fairly recent information about the residents of San Antonio, Bexar County, and surrounding areas. The site is run by a non-profit organization based at UT Health School of Public Health. This can be a great resource for any research or projects you may be working on for school or work.

Using the “Data” tab in the top left, the information can be broken down by category, including family size, income, births, and some health statuses including diabetes hospitalizations. You can use the “Print” and “Share” buttons in the top right of the screen (or the Download arrow in any graphic) to save the information or share as a link in a document, email or web page.

Take a minute or two and check it out – hopefully you’ll find it as useful as I do.

HPV Vaccination Symposium Feb 15, 2019

San Antonio 

HPV  Vaccination  Symposium

Feb 15, 2019  

UT Health San Antonio  11AM-1PM

MD Anderson Cancer Center lunch provided

7979 Wurzbach Road Certificate of Attendance available San Antonio, TX 78229

To RSVP:  email Janie.Lambaria@cancer.org  | or call 210-614-4212

seeking your feedback on the Draft 2019-2029 SA Parks System Plan

A message from San Antonio WalkWestside Coalition.

Dear San Antonio WalkWestside Coalition friends and advocates,

The City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department is seeking your feedback on the Draft 2019-2029 SA Parks System Plan.  The SA Parks System Plan will guide future planning decisions on the expansion, capital improvements and programming of the more than 250 City-owned parks and recreational facilities, 15,000 plus acres of green space, and over 181 miles of trails. The plan is updated every 10 years with the last plan being adopted in 2006.

The draft plan is available at 


I have attached the Executive Summary of the Draft Plan.

There is a Telephone Town Hall meeting this evening at 7:00 PM. You can register at


Or dial in at 7:00 PM on January 31:

1-888-400-1932 (English)
1-888-400-9342 (Spanish)  

Happy belated Birthday Dr. Martinez!


Happy belated birthday Dr. Martinez!

Thank you for all the jokes and for showing me or reminding me of  the fun side of life and work 🙂

I am very grateful for finding you through the CHW program at NVC. You’ve been the most important person in my development as a professional, the one that made me believe in my potential and whose support I will always be grateful for.

I know there are many CHWs here in this forum who have been positively impacted by you and who share similar thoughts of gratitude.

On behalf of my colleagues, we thank you for all you’ve done for  CHWs in San Antonio and Happy belated birthday!

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