This programming was made possible by grant number NU58DP007010 from CDC. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.
Community Health Workers/Promotores de Salud/Representatives bring lived experience and perspectives that complement formal and informal core skills and job trainings. The C3 Project is a model used to expand cohesion in the CHW/P/Rs workforce and contribute to the visibility and understanding of CHW/Ps potential. The C3 Project also recommends a set of CHW/Ps roles, skills, and qualities as a standard. CHWs are enrolled in the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) CHW certificate course for one year and are encouraged to develop, present, and attend topical workshops.
Meaningful integration of CHW/P/Rs into transdisciplinary healthcare and social services teams is widely recognized as a key to effective and culturally appropriate quality care. CHW/P/Rs thrive and are most effective when they receive supportive supervision, a crucial factor that affects the ability of CHW/P/Rs to grow as professionals, experience job satisfaction, and effectively promote health in their communities.
The strength of CHW/P/Rs lies in their ability to foster community relationships. CHW/P/Rs coordinate and promote outreach so they can provide education and messaging in communities and clinical settings. Core roles of the C3 Project emphasize care, support, and follow-up through referrals to needed and appropriate health and social services.