Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County



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"Paving a Path to Advance the Community Health Workforce in New York State: A New Summary and Report" (2011)
Community Health Workers in Massachusetts: Improving Health Care and Public Health 
Report of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Community Health Worker Advisory Council (Dec 2009) 

Sonoma County Resources

Our Facebook page: Community Health Workers

2-1-1 Information and Referral Search web site       Alternative Numbers(707) 565-2108 and (800)    (800) 325-9604  

Santa Rosa Junior College- Community Health Worker Certificate Program                                                Contact Program director: Janet Fisk (707) 527-4836  Email :                            

Latino Service Provider Network
Executive Director: Wanda Tapia 

Community Health Outreach Workers (CHOWS)                                                   
Contact: Erika Klohe at 707.571.8452

SSU Health Navigators
Contact: Pamela Koppel   Email: 

Resource Sharing Meetings 

 Community Health Outreach Workers (CHOW) Meetings: Third Friday  of the month  2-4pm  Contact: Erika Klohe 
                        Ted Fox  

 Latino Service Provider (LSP) Meetings: Third Thursday 11:30am - 1pm 
Contact Wanda  Tapia

California Resources

City College of San 

Francisco CHW program ( see side bar--->)

Community Health Works 

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Binational Conferencia de Promotoras
 Xóchitl Castañeda 1950 Addison St., Ste. 203                                                                      Berkeley, CA 94720; Office: (510) 643-1291;Fax: (510)

Health Initiative of the Americas / Initiativa de Salud de las Americas: Email: 1950 Addison St. Suite 203; Berkeley CA 94702; Phone: 510-643-4089; 

Health Workforce Initiative (HWI): The Health Workforce Initiative, formerly the Regional Health Occupations Resource Centers (RHORC),

HWI News letter

National Hispanic CHW Association: Zeida Estrada,, 281-222-9643 

Vision y Executive Director Maria Lemus  2536 Edwards Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530;Phone:( 510) 232-7869; Fax:(510) 231-9954;

 Advocacy and Promotion Resources
Video Training Manual  for Advocacy Organizations  

National Resources 

American Association of Community Health Workers (AACHW): 

Durrell Fox  and Pam Chapman, .

American Public Health Association(APHA) CHW Section: Lisa Renee Holderby, Chair, (617) 275-2813;;

APHA have posted a Transportation Tool kit that you can down load. It covers aspects of transportation that affect access to public health and healthy community building.
Transportation Issues from the Public Health Perspective Transportation decisions affect our individual lives, economy and health. Everyone needs to use various modes of transportation to get

APHA CHW section list of national state and regional resources:

National Association Community Health Representatives: Cindy Norris, President,

 PO Box 1064, Sells, AZ (502) 471-3487norrisc@todhs.com

MACHW Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers

The latest issue of the journal Family & Community Health, 35(2), April/June 2012 is devoted to the theme of community health workers.  The full table of contents is available at

Lay Health Promoters/Community Health Workers
Promotoras in Mental Health: A Review of English, Spanish, and Portuguese Literature

Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit: A Community Health Worker Program to Prevent Vision Loss and Blindness Among People With Diabetes

Salud Para Su CaroznA Latino Promotora-Led Cardiovascular Health Education Program

Promotoras' Roles in Integrative Validity and Treatment Fidelity Efforts in Randomized Controlled Trials

Salud S: A Case Study for the Use of Participatory Evaluation in Creating Effective and Sustainable Community-Based Health Promotion

The Latino Migrant Worker HIV Prevention Program: Building a Community Partnership Through a Community Health Worker Training Program

A Unique Model of the Community Health Worker: The MGH Chelsea Community Health Improvement Team

Reducing Diabetes Disparities Through the Implementation of a Community Health Worker Led Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

Promotores de Salud and Community Health Workers: An Annotated Bibliography

Condition Specific Resources


American Lung Association

Sonoma County Asthma Coalition


American Diabetes Association

"A Doula's Story"  Link to a video about a birth assistant  to teen moms in Chicago USA
"A Doula Story documents one African American woman’s fierce commitment to empower pregnant teenagers with the skills and knowledge they need to become confident, nurturing mothers. Produced by The Kindling Group, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization, this powerful film follows Loretha Weisinger back to the same disadvantaged Chicago neighborhood where she once struggled as a teen mom. Loretha uses patience, compassion and humor to teach “her girls” about everything from the importance of breastfeeding and reading to their babies, to communicating effectively with health care professionals"


Sonoma County Taskforce for the Homeless

Health Care for the Homeless


Mental Health

National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI Sonoma County


Great tool to help teach healthy nutritional choices. is the home page for the USDA's MyPlate -- the federal government's nutrition education and guidance.

Nutrition Detectives

Obesity Prevention
APHA Info-graphic link 
<a href="">APHA Obesity infographic</a> - See more at:


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                          Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County                          California

"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)

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