The Community Health Worker Training Program continues to grow under Oralia Mendez' leadership and with PACE’s partnership. To date, the program has trained 398 CHWs! This year, with funding from the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, the program trained 16 veterans to become CHWs and the team (Oralia, Steve Spurgeon, Teresa Crowley, and Kaycee Headley) developed a continuing education course on veterans’ health for CHWs.
This summer Oralia and PACE are partnering with Erin Collins from Peaceful Presence in Central Oregon to develop another continuing education course on palliative care. The Foundations course fills quickly and we believe there is more demand for the program.