Photo by Carlos Silva.
Portland, OR – Community health workers walked across the stage at the Miracles Club to be recognized as trusted members of the community who are dedicated and trained to promote and support public health. This program uniquely featured the We Are Health curriculum developed by Noelle Wiggins and the Community Capacitation Center staff.
The cohort of 25, self-proclaimed the “Divine 25,” have completed the state certified capacity series hosted by Maranatha Church. “We want to see all the graduates of this program entering in the public health workforce,” said Ty Schwoeffermann, health equity coordinator at the Urban League of Portland. The Urban League is sponsoring the current training in partnership with other community organizations including North By Northeast health clinic, the Albina Ministerial Alliance”s HIV of Faith, the International Center for Traditional Childbirthing, and the Portland black chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
The current training is also designed to be “Afrocentric,” Schwoeffermann said – that is, it’s designed specifically to help community health workers better work with African and African-American communities – and some of the trainers actually went through last summer’s community health worker training offered by the Community Capacitation Center.
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