Capacity Building & Training

Arizona Community Health Outreach Workers Network (AzCHOW) -- Leadership Development

AzCHOW is an organization of, by, and for community health outreach workers. AzCHOW is designed to create unity while preserving cultural diversity among community health outreach workers. The mission of AzCHOW is:

  • To inform and unite culturally diverse community health outreach workers from all disciplines;
  • To strengthen the professional development of the field through resource sharing and collaborative opportunities with community, tribal, government, health, and educational institutions;
  • To create partnerships that build upon organizational capacities and strengths while aiding the underserved and at-risk populations within Arizona; and
  • To address relevant political and policy issues.

The AzCHOW Network is a statewide organization of community-based advocates who lead by using resource sharing, partnership development, education, outreach, health promotion, and disease prevention strategies to improve the health of Arizona residents. AzCHOW provides an opportunity for all community health outreach workers, regardless of how they are identified within their organizations, to develop a collective voice for addressing policy issues, methods of becoming financially sustainable, and the expansion of their professional standing in Arizona. AzCHOW is working to become an incorporated, non-profit, self-sustaining organization. It has received financial and technical support from the Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AzAHEC) and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH). All individuals working as community health outreach workers, no matter what their official title, are invited to join AzCHOW. Annual membership dues are $15. For more information or to receive an application form contact Flor Redondo floribella.azchow@gmail.com.

More information: http://azchow.org


Community Health Worker Evaluation Toolkit

The CHW Evaluation Toolkit is an internationally known resource for organizations/ programs employing CHWs edited by Dr. Joel Meister. In the development of this tool, Dr. Meister and associates worked closely with many community-based organizations. Over 500 individuals and agencies worldwide as of 2002 have purchased the Toolkit. A user satisfaction survey is now under analysis; as many favorable responses were received. Results will be used to revise future editions of the Toolkit, particularly the Web-based version, as well as to identify innovative uses of this publication and any other unintended consequences.

More information: View the Community Health Worker (CHW) Evaluation Toolkit online


Border Health Service Learning Institute

The Border Health Service Learning Institute was developed by the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Southeast Arizona Area Health Center (SEAHEC). The Institute is part of the Health Disparities Service Learning Collaborative, which is an Initiative of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health funded by the Learn and Service America Program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The overall goal of the Institute is to engage public health students in a service learning experience that contributes to reducing the health disparities at the U.S.-Mexico Border and at the same time increase the skills level of public health competencies. The Institute provides a one unit graduate credit field course for MPH students. The Institute includes 45 hours of academic and service learning during the summer and up to 20 MPH students participate. Since 2015 it has been implemented in the Ambos Nogales area in collaboration with (link these organizations) the Cochise County Health Department, Chiricahua Community Health Center, Café Justo, Frontera de Cristo Border Ministry, and others

More information: http://publichealth.arizona.edu/outreach/service-learning


Border Women's Health Promotora Institute (Mariposa Community Health Center)

In 2004, the Mariposa Community Center of Excellence in Women’s Health of the Mariposa Community Health Center in Nogales, Arizona, was awarded a contract from the DHHS Office of Women’s Health to develop a Women’s Health Leadership Institute (BWHPI). Mariposa Community Health Center in partnership with the Arizona Prevention Reearch Center, the ADHS  Office of Border Health, Tohono O’Odham Tribe, Colegio de Sonora, MEXFAM and the Red Fronteriza de Salud y Ambiente, we developed an educational program that fosters and enhances leadership and advocacy capabilities of women community health health workers/promotoras. The first wave of the project was targeted the Border region and was offered to  promotoras from among the 10 US and Mexico Border States. This collaborative effort has included partnerships with the

Between 2011 and 2013, Mariposa expanded the program to a Master Trainer Model and trained Master Trainers throughout the United States.  Over this three year period over 300 women attended the training. Pre/post questionnaired demonstrated master of the WHLI leadership competencies.  In interviews, participating CHWs described increased capacity to create partnerships, listen to others, and address community needs.  The National CHW Advocacy Survey evaluated WHLI participation and found that WHLI participants engaged community members in leadership activities to improve their community.  For more information on the WHLI see our publication in Health Promotion Practice:  Ingram et al 2016 on AZPRC publications page.

More information: http://www.mariposachc.net


Promotor(a) Community Health Manual: Developing a Community-Based Diabetes Self Management Program

The Promotora Community Health Manual: Developing a Community-Based Diabetes Self Management Program provides a conceptual framework for designing or refining a program of community support for diabetes self management. This guide was developed primarily by and for community health workers, known as promotores/as in Mexican American communities, but is also a useful tool for supervisors and program managers in both community-based and clinical settings. The overall objectives of the manual are: 1) to provide a general orientation to the philosophy and preparation of promotores/as or community health workers; 2) to explore aspects of diabetes self management that may not be addressed in clinical care such as managing stress and depression, the inclusion of the family in promoting self management, and the role of spirituality in caring for diabetes; 3) to provide promotores/as and programs with practical strategies, tools, and suggestions that will assist them in working effectively with their community; and 4) to consider programmatic aspects of a clinical versus a grassroots program for a promotor/a diabetes self management program.

More information: http://www.campesinossinfronteras.org