This program prepares students to work in public health, private health care delivery systems, community-based social service agencies, and health care insurance organizations. Community Health Workers provide services to increase wellness and improve access to health services through outreach activities to target populations. The program will train students to develop positive relationships with individuals who need assistance and support in developing healthy behaviors, utilizing health resources, and gaining educational support to prevent or alleviate the effects of chronic disease.
Emphasis is on health education, health promotion and community outreach. Coursework in this program is intended to develop and enhance the skills of community health advisors, social and human service assistants, and other people interested in working in the field of social work, community health and advocacy.
The Community Health Worker program is certified by the Texas State Department of Health as an authorized and certified training site for Community Health Workers.
CHLT 1001 - Introduction to Community Health
Designed to provide a basic understanding of variables that affect health sectors in the community. Learning Outcomes: List the determinants of health at the individual and community level; implement community assessment techniques to include demographics, mapping, and analysis of governmental agency services; describe tracking techniques of clients and services; specify the dynamics in relationship building among groups, organizations, and individuals in a community; and identify initiatives that will impact the health status of a poor under-served community.
CHLT 1040 - Community Health Advocacy
Study of local, regional, and national health care resources. Identification of health organizations, support groups, and health care delivery systems to be used for client referral. Activities include visits to various local agencies and attendance/participation in related activities. Learning Outcomes: Identify various local health-related resources and their eligibility requirements; develop/define methods used for client eligibility and referral; identify the levels and settings of health care and roles of various health occupations within the community; and assist clients in meeting eligibility requirements and accessing needed services and benefits.
CHLT 1005 - Community Nutrition
Study of the cultural aspects and public policy of food and nutrition and the socioeconomic and psychological aspects of nutrition throughout the life cycle. Learning Outcomes: Develop culturally appropriate community-level interventions to improve nutrition for vulnerable populations; explain the basic nutrition principles from prenatal care to care for the aging; increase knowledge of cultural influences on diet and food preference; assess clients’ diets utilizing interview techniques; calculate BME and caloric intake for normal and abnormal physiological conditions; and locate appropriate community resources and public-sector programs.
CHLT 1042 - Community Health Field Methods
Preparation for field work with individuals, families, and groups emphasizing teaching and capacity-building skills. Topics include outreach methods, area canvassing, home visiting, group work, community events, and community organizing. Learning Outcomes: Implement neighborhood/rural outreach campaigns; conduct informal counseling and educational sessions with individuals, families, and community groups; organize community events for purposes of developing community capacity for change.
CHLT 1002 - Wellness and Health Promotion
Overview of wellness theory and its application throughout the life span. Focus is on attitude development, impact of cultural beliefs, and communication of wellness. Includes health behavior theories and approaches to behavior modification. Learning Outcomes: Define wellness and health promotion; explain personal, social, cultural, nutritional, and environmental components of wellness; and correlate concepts of wellness and healthy lifestyle. Develop specific health promotion strategies for various populations, including primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies; recognize and appropriately respond to beliefs, values, culture, and languages of the population served; and evaluate the success of existing and newly developed health promotion strategies.
CHLT 2060 - Clinical – Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.