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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 state-wide 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:
• Must be able to read at a 6th grade level or above.
• Have a vehicle and be licensed and able to drive.
• If church based, be recommended as a servant leader by the pastor of the local church.
• If church based, be interested in providing health information to church members before and after church functions at times decided by the pastor or function within a civic organization.
• Be willing to undergo the community health advocate training program, which will provide an annual follow-up training.
• Understand the limitations and boundaries of the community health advocate.
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:
• Provide culturally appropriate health information and screening (e.g. reading materials, oral presentations, one-on-one counseling, and health fairs).
• Assist individuals in identification and linkage to resources in the community.
• Provision of basic health screenings (blood pressure and glucose checks).
• Promote community participation in health promotion and disease prevention.
• Increase health literacy in the community.
(Source: Partners in Health, 2011)
CHAs are required to be re-certified on an annual basis at one of the state wide CHA Education enters in collaborating churches and community health centers. These sessions are the responsibility of the individual partners.
The UMC CHA program provides on-location and UMC-based training and certification for CHA's. The training uses a curriculum developed by UMC faculty and staff, which includes the following topics and trains in the following skills:
Southern Remedy's Healthy Living is a joint venture between Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). The Southern Remedy HLP includes nutrition and physical activity education, suggested modalities, and sample exercise sets designed for Mississippians. The compilation of this work is a 58-page booklet with adult and child nutrition programs, fitness programs, and Healthy Eating Plate (HEP) placemats.
Once trained, a practical examination is provided to demonstrate competency in the skillset and UMC provides a certificate to the CHA documenting the training and competencies.
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