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What are CHAs?
Why is much of the program church-based?
What are the deliverables of the CHA Program?
How are CHA equipped?
How are CHA identified and trained?
How are certified CHAs deployed and their activities monitored?
How do CHAs receive continuing education?
How are CHAs linked to clients?
How does UMMC support existing and start-up CHA programs?
How is the statewide community health advocate program promoted throughout the state?
How is the Healthy Linkages-CHA Partnership managed?
Who are partners in the Healthy Linkages-CHA partnership?
What are the incentives for individuals to become CHAs?
What is the history of the UMMC Community Health Advocate Program?
Church and civic club members, health professors, students, faculty and lay members of partner organizations interested in better public health. All partners in the community health advocate program. Basic qualifications for CHAs include the following:
There is agreement that the long-term solution for Mississippi’s health crisis is improved health literacy, leading to healthy choices and lifestyle changes. The toolkit you will acquire by becoming a Community Health Advocate and Community Health Advocate trainer will provide you with skills that you can use to make a difference. The community service you will perform after receiving your certification as a CHA will facilitate your ability to communicate with patients on a one-to-one basis. If you choose to be a certified trainer, you will serve as an instructor for lay members of the community who will function as Community Health Advocates in churches, civic organizations, and elsewhere throughout Mississippi. A trainer is also certified as a Community Health Advocate.
Community Health Advocates must remember that service in this role does not include provision of health care, as that requires licensure. Community Health Advocates are health care advisers and navigators. Through the unique resources of Healthy Linkages at UMMC, individuals found to have high blood pressure, diabetes or other medical problems identified by Community Health Advocates may directed to health resources, regardless of their financial status.
The quality of your leadership will determine the long-term success of this program and can positively affect the lives of Mississippians in the years to come.
CHAs are first and foremost advocates for healthy living and healthy choices within their local church congregations and communities. To facilitate this goal, they are trained and equipped to optimize the use of disease prevention and treatment resources for their clients. The end result will be healthier congregations and communities with fewer emergency room visits, hospitalizations and hospital readmissions by their clients.
In their role as Community Health Advocates, CHAs:
(Source: Partners in Health, 2011)
CHAs are required to be recertified on an annual basis at one of the statewide CHA education enters in collaborating churches and community health centers. These sessions are the responsibility of the individual partners.
The program provides on-location and UMMC-based training and certification for CHAs. The training uses a curriculum developed by UMMC faculty and staff, which includes the following topics and trains in the following skills:
Once trained, a practical examination is provided to demonstrate competency in the skills set and UMMC provides a certificate to the CHA documenting training and competencies.
In order to have statewide participation and adequate numbers of community health advocates, it is essential that the public be aware and supportive of the CHA effort.
One of Healthy Linkages' existing partners is Southern Remedy Radio and Television Health Productions developed as a partnership between Mississippi Public Broadcasting and UMMC. Southern Remedy has in place a weekly statewide patient interactive live radio talk program hosted by two physicians from the UMMC and produced by award-winning former CNN producer, Jenny Wilburn. In addition, Southern Remedy produces four documentary television programs on Mississippi health issues and sponsors three local health expositions (Southern Remedy on the Road) annually in population centers throughout the state to promote local health programs. This relationship will be expanded to provide regular and ongoing coverage of the Healthy Linkages activities, partners, sites, and programs. Southern Remedy Productions will continue to provide support for curriculum development and implementation.
The UMMC Office of Public Affairs has been and will continue to be an important partner with Southern Remedy Productions and Mississippi Public Broadcasting in the communication of educational materials and activities. In that regard, The Southern Remedy Healthy Living portion and calorie control weight management and fitness curriculum for adults and children is an important tool for use by CHAs and partners in the HL Network. Community groups may obtain resources through the Office of Healthy Linkages or at www.southernremedy.com.
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