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It’s in My Veins

We Are Health MovementPortland’s small African and African American Community Health Worker community is on the map! This year we invite you to celebrate with us by reading and sharing the lessons learned from our journey to build the We Are Health Movement.

After more than three years’ worth of working planning, training, and conducting research about Afrocentric training for CHWs in Oregon, the community collaboration completed our first academic article on the topic! The article, It’s in My Veins: Exploring the Role of an Afrocentric Popular Education-Based Training Program in the Empowerment of African American and African CHWs in Oregonhas been published in Volume 38, No. 4 of the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management in the second of two special editions on Community Health Workers.

The project was an example of community based participatory research, a collaborative effort between African and African American Community Health Workers, the Urban League of Portland and the Community Capacitation Center of Multnomah County Health Department. The research was conducted by a Research Steering Team composed of Community Health Workers from two different Afrocentric cohorts (Queens and Kings of Community Health and the Divine 25) and staff from the Urban League and the Community Capacitation Center.

We are very excited to be able to share our findings with the community at large, and we realize that many organizations, Community Health Workers, and other Traditional Health Workers may not have access to the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. Therefore, we would like to share this two page summary of the article It’s in My Veins. In addition, we would like to call your attention to a case study on the Community Health Worker project on page 24 of the 2015 State of Black Oregon Report, which is available to download and purchase.

If you are interested in receiving the full article, learning more about how to access this information online, or have any other questions about the article, please feel free to contact our Community Health Worker program coordinator, Zeenia Junkeer.