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Advisory Committee Membership and Nominations
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Texas CHW Networks and Associations
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Complaint Procedure
Articles and Research Material

The Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program provides leadership to enhance the development and implementation of statewide training and certification standards and administrative rules for the Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Program.

Senate Bill 1051 (77th Texas Legislative Sessions) calls for the Texas Department of State Health Services to establish and operate a training and certification program for persons who act as promotores or community health workers, instructors and sponsoring institutions/training programs.

Contact us:

Phone: (512) 776-2570 or (512) 776-2624
Email: chw@dshs.state.tx.us
Mail: Texas Department of State Health Services
P.O. Box 149347 MC1922
Attn: CHW Training and Certification Program
Austin, TX 78714-9347

Who is a Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker?

A person who, with or without compensation is a liaison and provides cultural mediation between health care and social services, and the community. A promotor(a) or community health worker: is a trusted member, and has a close understanding of, the ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, and life experiences of the community served. A promotor(a) or community health worker assists people to gain access to needed services and builds individual, community, and system capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, patient navigation and follow-up, community health education and information, informal counseling, social support, advocacy, and participation in clinical research.

What’s New

  • 2/28/15 - Proposed Rule Revision Public Comment  

    The Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker  (CHW) Training and Certification Program is seeking input on changes to the rules regarding the training and certification of promotores and CHWs.

    Each state agency must review rules every four years and obtain stakeholder input for any changes needed. The Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Advisory Committee (committee) has provided advice to the Health and Human Services Commission and the department related to recommendations for rules for the Promotor(a) or CHW Training and Certification Program.  CHWs, instructors, training programs, employers, and other stakeholders also provided feedback.

    The proposed rules for the Promotor(a) or CHW Training and Certification Program were published in the Texas Register on February 27, 2015. Go to http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml and choose the February 27, 2015 issue to read the proposed rules in the Texas Register or download a PDF version at the link below: 

    Chapter 146. Training and Regulation of Promotores or Community Health Workers

    The proposed repeals of §§146.1 - 146.12 and new §§146.1 - 146.8 will clarify the rules through restructuring information to address specific affected entities, i.e. sponsoring organizations, community health worker instructors, and promotores or community health workers.  The restructure of the rules will also provide simplicity, clarify definitions, and implement changes to eligibility requirements, application procedures, continuing education requirements, and standards for the approval of curricula

    Comments on the proposal may be submitted to:

    By email: chw@dshs.state.tx.us

    By mail:

    Department of State Health Services
    Mail Code, 1922, P. O. Box 149347
    Attn: Beverly MacCarty
    Austin, Texas 78714-9347
    By phone: (512) 776-6663

    Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

    Please send any feedback on the proposed changes by Monday, March 30, 2015.

  • 2/6/2015 - CHW Awards - The American Public Health Association (APHA) CHW Section is seeking nominations for Outstanding CHW of the Year Award and Outstanding CHW Group Award. Deadline - March 15, 2015. The “Outstanding CHW of the Year Award” will recognize one outstanding CHW for her/his service and excellence. The “Outstanding CHW Group Award” will be given to a group of outstanding CHWs. The group award could be awarded to a group of CHWs employed by a particular entity, a group of CHWs who work in the same community, a group of CHWs working on a specific project, or a group of CHWs working within a CHW coalition, association, or network, etc. Awardees will be announced and recognized at the APHA 143rd Annual Meeting, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois from October 31st to November 4th, 2015.  Awards are open to CHWs in the United States and internationally. Submissions are accepted in English only. Please see APHA CHW Individual Award for the applications to nominate a CHW for the Outstanding CHW of the Year Award or APHA CHW Group Award to nominate a CHW Group for the Outstanding CHW Group Award.

    Please submit your nomination(s) to: 

    Janel A. Lowman, Co-chair, CHW Awards Committee
    Jlowman@southalabama.edu  
    Fax: 251-461-1727. If faxing call (251) 461-1725 to confirm receipt of fax.    
    Mailing address: 650 Clinic Drive Ste. 2500 Mobile, AL 36688       
    Alternate contact: B. J. Ciesielski (505) 255-1227

  • 2/2015- Talking Points – Key facts and current certification information for the Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program
  • 3/2014 - The 2013 Annual Report: Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Advisory Committee is now available. The report includes information and program status as of December 31, 2013. Click here to access the report.
  • Community Health Worker/Promotor(a) Online Survey Report - Stakeholder Input – Quadrennial Rule Review - 2013
    The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) began the quadrennial review of the Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Training Program administrative rules. As part of the process, DSHS implemented an online survey in English and Spanish to obtain feedback from community health workers or promotores (CHWs), CHW employers or supervisors, training program contacts and other stakeholders. Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey and gave us their input! There were over 700 responses to the survey. DSHS incorporates stakeholder feedback, including the results of this survey and respondents’ comments and recommendations, in the rule review process. Click here to access the report.
  • 1/7/2013 - Health and Safety Code, Chapter 48, was amended through HB2610, 82nd Legislature, Regular Session. Amended rules for the Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program to comply with changes in Chapter 48 were published in the Texas Register on December 23, 2011. DSHS, in conjunction with the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), conducted a study required by HB2610 and developed recommendations related to: maximizing employment of and access to promotores and community health workers to provide publicly and privately funded health care services; and identifying methods of funding and reimbursement. The Texas Community Health Worker Study report has been submitted to the Texas Legislature.

 Advisory Committee Meetings and Conference Calls - Agendas and Minutes - A comprehensive list of current and prior meetings or conference calls

Advisory Committee Membership and Nominations

For current advisory committee membership and information, please click here (Word).

Texas CHW Networks and Associations

Community Health Worker networks or associations are being developed and expanded across Texas. Click here to find a list of CHW networks or associations and contact information.

Requirements for Certification and Renewal(updated 2/6/15) Quick reference to requirements for certification as a Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker, Instructor, or Training Program/Sponsoring Organization.  Click here for CHW Core Competencies

Certification and Renewal Applications- Download an application in English or Spanish to apply for certification or renewal as a promotor(a) or community  health worker or instructor. Download an application in English to apply for certification or renewal as a training program/sponsoring organization to provide certification training or continuing education for promotores(as) or community health workers and/or instructors. Applications have been revised to reflect new changes as of October 24, 2010.

Training Programs and Training Announcements for Community Health Workers and Instructors of CHWs- Check here for contact information for certified training programs approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to provide certification training or continuing education for promotores or community health workers and/or instructors, and for upcoming training opportunities.

Program Workforce Information- Annual Reports and data on location of Promotores/Community Health Workers by county

Texas Health Match [http://www.txhealthmatch.com/] supported by the East Texas Area Health Education Center, is a free statewide jobs website for careers in health care organizations. Employers can post job listings. CHWs and others can search job listings and post resumes. External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may also not be accessible to people with disabilities.

Rules and Legislation- Administrative Rules concerning training and certification and legislation related to the program includes amended rules effective 12-31-2011.

Complaint Procedure Provides information for filing a complaint with the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) if an individual or a representative of an organization feels  that a community health worker, instructor, or training program has violated Chapter 48, Texas Health and Safety Code or 25 Texas Administrative Code, §§146.1-146.12.
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Articles and Research Material - Publications and Web citations that serve as resource material for promotores, community health workers, instructors and training programs

 

 

Last updated March 04, 2015