Community Health Education Center
HW215: Models for Health and Wellness
Professor: Kristen Popp
The Community Health Education Center has locally-based knowledge and cultural competence is emphasized in all training and health education materials. It has a program schedule that is the same statewide. All training costs are reimbursed by the company. In this paper I will be explaining this company’s success at meeting cultural competence. CHEC provides training and support to 1400 outreach educators in Boston, and growing numbers throughout the state. Outreach educators, employed by community health centers, local organizations, hospitals, and government agencies, effectively deliver health education information to racially and ethnically diverse communities and make appropriate referrals. CHEC’s Comprehensive Outreach Education Certificate Program (COEC), seeks to standardize the field of outreach education by providing training in core outreach education skills and competencies, as it prepares participants to deliver accurate and relevant health information to their communities. In addition to dedicating a core session of the Certificate program to raising cultural awareness, issues relative to cultural competence are addressed in every training. CHEC training is designed within the context of leadership and community development. Through partnerships with several local colleges, college credit is awarded for completion of the Certificate program. CHEC has been asked to replicate their local, community-based program with regional training centers and local advisory boards statewide. This program has incorporated each of the following elements of cultural competence by: 1) define culture broadly; they value their client’s cultural beliefs and they facilitate learning between providers and communities. 2) Value clients’ cultural beliefs; They do this by providing...
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