Library Director and Professor of Biomedical Sciences Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Las Cruces, New Mexico
Background: This project has two major goals in training certified Community Health Workers (CHWs), community college students enrolled in a CHW program, and community members residing in the United States-Mexico border region: increasing the knowledge of suicide prevention and HIV/AIDs, and raising awareness and use of National Library of Medicine resources. Funding for the project supports the delivery of eight, six-hour sessions at four training sites in rural or underserved areas. Project partners include librarians, public health educators, and a Spanish language translator. Continuing education credits from the state’s Department of Public Health are available to certified CHWs completing these sessions.
Description: This one-year community outreach project targets current and future frontline Community Health Workers (CHWs) caring for those living in rural and underserved border areas. Understanding the significant role that CHWs play within their communities, the project partners came together to find ways to support them in their work, while also raising public awareness of two serious health concerns that exist in our region. With funding obtained for the project from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region, the partners developed and are delivering bilingual training curricula on suicide prevention and HIV/AIDS, integrating National Library of Medicine and other online resources for session participants to access hands-on. Assessment of learning is underway measuring pre- and post-test results, in-session activity scores, and overall session evaluations. Achievement of quantitative grant goals and objectives by April 2020 will indicate project success.
Conclusion: Intended outcomes: (1) At least forty Community Health Worker (CHW) and ten CHW student participants will attend a training on Suicide Prevention or HIV/AIDS with National Library of Medicine (NLM) online resources integrated into the training. (2) Increase training participants' knowledge of suicide prevention. (3) Increase training participants' knowledge of HIV/AIDS. (4) Current and future CHWs will use NLM resources to help meet community members' health information needs. (5) Increase use of high quality, evidence-based resources among CHWs and their community members. (6) Support CHW education and state certification through the state's Department of Health, Office of Community Health Workers.