Healthy Texas Babies is an initiative to help Texas communities decrease infant mortality using evidence-based interventions. It involves all the stakeholders in infant mortality: Insurance companies, healthcare providers, community members. The goal is a decrease in preterm birth by 8% over 2 years. The initiative has the support of many state organizations and is supported in part by Exceptional Item funding from the legislature.
In August 2011, the Texas Department of State Health Services – Office of Title V and Family Health sponsored ten (10) workshops in English and Spanish in conjunction with the following Community Health Worker training programs: Dia de la Mujer Latina; El Paso Community College; Gateway Community Health Center; University of North Texas Health Science Center; DSHS HSR 1; Lake Country Area Health Education Center; Northwest Vista College; Gateway to Care; Coastal Area Health Education Center; and Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health – Center for Community Health Development. The workshops held in Lubbock, Fort Worth, Tyler, Houston (2), Austin, San Antonio, Laredo, Edinburg, and El Paso, brought together nearly 300 promotores, community health workers, community organizations, health centers, and others interested in learning more about infant mortality. Training programs have since held two additional trainings in Houston and San Antonio and other training programs are planning additional sessions due to significant interest in the topic. Many thanks to the certified instructors and training programs who provided the training!
The lesson plan, curriculum, pre and post tests and handouts were developed by the Texas Department of State Health Services – Office of Title V and Family and have been approved for 3.5 DSHS-certified continuing education hours for community health workers and promotores. The curriculum and materials were reviewed based on feedback from the evaluations and some changes were made. The revised curriculum and materials in English and Spanish are now available to all training programs approved by DSHS to providing certification training and/or continuing education for community health workers and promotores. Training programs may wish to supplement the curriculum provided to add additional content and hours. Training programs should email revisions and/or additional content to firstname.lastname@example.org for review and approval prior to the event and email information for any certification training or continuing education event to email@example.com so information can be posted to the CHW website and shared with via email to assist community health workers in locating DSHS-certified continuing education in their area.
Note – others may access the curriculum and materials, however, DSHS-certified CEUs can only be provided if the training is provided by an CHW instructor certified by DSHS through a training program approved by DSHS to provide certification training and/or continuing education for community health workers and promotores.