NRHA Community Health Worker Training Network

In 2011, NRHA established a commitment to action to train at least 60 community health workers (CHW) along the U.S.-Mexico border to address access to care in this region of the country. In five years, the effort has evolved into an official Rural Community Health Worker Training Network that now spans the U.S.-Mexico border, along with partnerships in the Appalachian region.
In 2013, NRHA, with funding from the Verizon Foundation, established partners in the southwestern, southern, midwestern and eastern regions of the U.S. through the incorporation of a technological training module. The trainings have provided skill-building sessions in leadership, coordination, policy and pressing health concerns in the various regions. Most recently, NRHA has started working in rural counties of Georgia, where CHWs are working with type II diabetes patients by incorporating the use of technology to help track their glucose and fitness levels and improve health outcomes.
Today, NRHA is proud that more than 500 CHWs have been trained since the original commitment to action, empowering the health care workforce in rural communities and further demonstrating how cultural competency and flexibility are key to a successful national training program.
For more information, contact Gaby Boscan at 202- 639-0550.

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