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Department of Health Services

Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resilience

CHW Team members

Community Health Workers Help Lead the Fight Against COVID-19

Welcome to the Sonoma County Department of Health Services' Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resilience Program. This remarkable three-year project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is training, deploying, and engaging trusted Community Health Workers (CHWs) to better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and combat health care inequities in Sonoma County. Learn more about our approach below.


Train

Sonoma County DHS is recruiting Community Health Workers and local community members and training them to have the technical knowledge, analytical skills and technologies they need to be effective health advocates, educators, and navigators in their communities. Community Health Workers are receiving training in the City College of San Francisco Community Health Worker Program. Learn more about that program HERE.

Deploy

Key local nonprofits, federally qualified health centers and collaboratives are partnering with us to hire and support CHWs, and work on strengthening management and supervision capacity within these organizations. We are leveraging existing networks for their experience and expertise in training, outreach, engagement, and case management.


Engage

These partnerships with nonprofits, federally qualified health centers, and collaboratives expand and strengthen a network of CHWs and employers to build capacity of partners to effectively embed CHWs in their healthcare and outreach teams and increase engagement of individuals from target communities in health and social services.


Join Our Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council is formed of community based organizations, healthcare providers and CHWs who meet monthly to help direct the activities of the CHWs for COVID Response and Resilience project. If you have experience with public health care and the CHW community, and would like to join our CHW Advisory Council, please contact Health Program Manager Martin Rivarola at martin.rivarola@sonoma-county.org.