We Are Health: African and African American Community Health Worker Movement
The We Are Health curriculum was designed by staff at the Community Capacitation Center (CCC). It was created over the course of more than 25 years of work with Community Health Workers (CHWs), both in the US and internationally, and was approved by the Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion. The curriculum qualifies participants for inclusion in the Traditional Health Worker Registry. It has been an honor for the the Urban League of Portland to work with team members at the CCC and North by Northeast Community Health Clinic, and with other community partners to create the We Are Health African and African American Community Health Worker Movement (WAHM).
The WAHM curriculum has been created to be culturally-centered, and to reflect the cultural richness and diversity of African and African-American communities in Oregon. It draws upon many traditions including Popular Education (people’s education), and different traditions of community organizing.
So far we have trained two cohorts of culturally specific community health workers with this curriculum.