Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County

Ubuntu

UBUNTU

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(philosophy)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu explains "Ubuntu" in his1999 book

"A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed."

Tutu further explained Ubuntu in 2008

"One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity.

We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity."


Mandela explains the philosophy of Ubuntu 


CHWISC is an organization that upholds the concept of healthy community building through advocacy and active participation in relationship with our family, friends and neighbors


APHA Definition of a Community Health Worker

"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."  

Advocating for a Culturally Diverse CHW Association in California 
See CACHW http://cachw.org/


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