First cohort of promotores graduate
The first cohort of promotores, or community health workers, have graduated from the South Texas Community Health Worker Training Network. The program offers training to people who want to serve their neighborhoods as community health workers.
A collaboration between the UTRGV School of Medicine, Texas A&M University, South Texas College and the National Rural Health Association, the program includes 160 hours of training over three months, leading to students becoming certified community health workers. The promotores are individuals who serve as frontline health providers in the community. They also serve as liaisons between their communities and healthcare providers.
The training program is part of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s South Texas Interprofessional Team Collaborative for Health. It includes collaborators like the county’s health department, hospitals and nonprofit groups. Promotores and other educational institutions also join the team to provide care to communities.
The training is made possible by a three-year, $2.8 million grant United Health Foundation awarded the UTRGV School of Medicine to help support the Colonia Integrated Care Program: VIDAS (Valley Interprofessional Development and Services). The initiative aims to unite the region by building an integrated, interprofessional collaborative. This collaborative is hoped to create a sustainable model for health care delivery to the most vulnerable members of the community.