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 jordan.mcilveen@healthcollaborative.net 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: info@todopormifamilia.org


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

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 sophia.velasquez@healthcollaborative.net.

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 sophia.velasquez@healthcollaborative.net.

Attach resume and copy of CHW certification in email.   

Jordan McIlveen, MPH, CPH(Pronouns: She/Her)Data Analystjordan.mcilveen@healthcollaborative.net

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]

JOB POSTINGS: Data Collector , Contact Tracer.

  • Position Summary:

This position involves initiating communication with contacts of newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients and providing approved information about Texas’ quarantine procedures, and if appropriate, referring them to testing according to protocol and/or to a COVID-19 social resources. This position will also collect and record information on COVID-19 symptoms into a data management platform.

  • Certification/Skills:

Trained by project manager or principal on techniques to interview, complete questionnaires, and operate equipment.  May need to be bilingual.

  • Minimum Education:

High School diploma

  • Minimum Experience:

Two years related experience with emphasis on public contact: Apply below

Full time position posting           Part time position posting

  • Position Summary:

This position will supervise a team of Contact Tracers engaged in case interviews, contact tracing and linkage to services.  This will include conducting case reviews with Contact Tracers and Training Coordinator to ensure comprehensive and high-quality interviews as well as assisting in quality assurance monitoring to ensure that data are appropriately collected and entered into the data system.

  • Certification/Skills:

Trained by project manager or principal on techniques to interview, complete questionnaires, and operate equipment.  May need to be bilingual.

  • Minimum Education:

High School diploma

  • Minimum Experience:

Two years related experience with emphasis on public contact 

Patient Navigator Position

This position will serve as the link between HRSA RMOMS network sites in Uvalde, Del Rio and University Health System in order to maximize the use of existing health services deemed appropriate for high risk perinatal and postpartum patients. Assists and guides patients to ensure that patients are able to access medical appointments and participate in recommended care plans. Works closely with Perinatal Case Managers at network sites and the Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinical Coordinator at University Health System to link patients to resources, including, but not limited to Medicare applications, and assistance with medical transportation, when deemed necessary. Assists and supports with telehealth trainings for the RMOMS program. Additional activities will include patient tracking, data entry, and reporting.

Find more details by clicking on the link below


Metro Health Hiring CHWs

Metro Health is hiring for temporary positions as indicated below to assist with the COVID-19 response.  Hours are 32 to 40 hours per week.

Hourly rate:  $16.25.


§  10 Community Health Workers – Under general administrative direction, will be responsible for assisting with Metro Health’s Walk Up COVID-19 testing sites in all supporting tasks and operations (testing dates are Thursdays – Saturdays).

§  10 Community Health Workers – Will provide COVID-19 prevention and testing information to marginalized communities by visiting businesses, apartment complexes, clinics, faith-based and non-profit organizations.  In addition, Community Health Workers will support with webinar presentations, documenting, and sharing frequently asked questions with the City’s 311 Call Center.

Interested candidates should email their resume to Ricardo.iruegas@sanantonio.gov our HR Liaison and state “Community Health Worker” on their resume.

What is contact tracing?

“Contact tracing is a method used to find and follow up with people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. People who were around this individual are called contacts. By tracing the contacts of COVID-19 cases, having them self-isolate, if necessary, and testing, when appropriate, we can reduce the spread of coronavirus” Texas Deparment of State Health Services


Focus Group Invitation

Dear Community Health Worker:

We are collaborating with Luz M. Garcini, PhD., MPH. of the Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) and we are extending the following invitation.

“The COVID pandemic has increased distress in our communities, and we would like to provide you and your community with coping strategies to protect your mental health and wellness. We invite you to participate in an online needs assessment focus group and brief survey to tell us what the current mental health needs in your community as a result of the COVID pandemic are and how we could help you address such needs.

We will use the information gathered from the groups to develop an online mental health and wellness prevention training program that will be offered free of charge to you and other CHWs throughout South Texas.

Please see the attached flyer for additional information and days for the needs assessments. To sign up for one of the focus groups, please email Dr. Luz Garcini at garcini@uthscsa.edu to reserve your spot. Each group will be limited to 20 CHWs. If you cannot attend on the dates given, email us to let us know that you are interested so that we can create additional groups.

Your feedback and knowledge is essential during this challenging time! Please email us if you have any questions”.

In gratitude,

Luz M. Garcini, PhD., MPH.

Assistant Professor

Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH)

UT Health San Antonio

Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine

7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, Texas



Northwest Vista Community Health Worker Class Schedule, Fall 2020

Are you ready to begin your journey in becoming a Texas Department of State Health Services certified Community Health Worker and at the same time get academic credits towards an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Community Health? Then the CHW program at Northwest Vista is the best option for you.

Follow the link below to see the class schedule for the upcoming Fall semester.


For more information visit:  https://www.alamo.edu/nvc/chw

Home to the Community Health Worker Program since 1996 #NorthwestVista #WildCats #CHWs

Learn How Vaccines Can Protect Your Baby!

As a parent, you want to protect your little one from harm. Vaccinating your baby according to the recommended immunization schedule gives him the best protection against 14 serious childhood illnesses—like measles and whooping cough—before he is 2 years old.  National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 25-May 2, 2020.  During NIIW, communities across the country will celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting the health of our children, families, and communities.

SACHWA encourages you to make sure your child is up to date on vaccines by reviewing the 2020 easy-to-read immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Wondering why the schedule is so important?  Read The Ultimate Babyproofing Plan: 6 Reasons to Follow CDC’s Immunization Schedule. If you’re pregnant, now is a great time to find a doctor for your baby and schedule a visit to discuss any questions you have about vaccines. You can also learn more about how vaccines work by watching CDC’s new series of three 1-minute videos.

For more information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent, visit these resources: 

If you have questions, talk to your child’s doctor.

Tia wants her baby niece to grow healthy, therefore, this baby is up-to-date with her immunizations.