Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County



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Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up by Paul Schmitz 

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Foundations for Community Health Workers (J-B Public Health/Health Services Text) by Tim Berthold, Alma Avila and Jennifer Miller (Aug 31, 2009)

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Building Communities from the Inside Out: 

A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets

 by John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKnight (Jan 1993)

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Community-Based Participatory Research for Health: From Process to Outcomesby Meredith Minkler and Nina Wallerstein (Oct 27, 2008)

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Community Organizing and Community Building for Health: 2nd Edition

Meredith Minkler (Editor)

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Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World (Random House Reader's Circle) 

By Tracy Kidder

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 Wellness Booklet 
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"A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy."  (APHA definition)

Advocating for a Culturally Diverse CHW Association in California 
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