Community Health Workers 2016 ConferenceOn November 20, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
In June 2016 in Olympia
Washington. we came together as
Community Health Workers to share our diverse success,
barriers and experience as well as building relationships
in support of community outreach. We came together to learn, build,
and energize our day-to-day work linking people to better health. From rural health to the inner
city, we heard diverse voices of dedication and service. We go by many names, not only Community Health Workers, but lay health advocates,
community health representatives, Promotoras, outreach experts,
health promoters, Peer counselors,
community health educators, or navigators. Whatever name we go by,
we are trusted members of our communities with the
knowledge and experience to help people improve health. My job is very rewarding and
I just have much empathy for my community and for people.
And so, I just, you know, enjoy being a public servant and will continue to do this. I can’t find anything more rewarding
than what I do. Thank you. I love the best about being
a community health worker. Is that I am able to have a foot
in my community. And actually help them in,
in any skill that I am able to bring to that community.
I’m not only helping them learn but I’m also learning
from them. When you see some client get
successful, it makes your day. I’m dancing with them,
I’m crying with them, and I love them.
They are like my kids. No matter if you are 60 years
old you’re still my kid when you come to my office. I help improving the health of
a lot of new immigrants and refugees. Who have a lot of barriers or
challenges to the new country, including the health system.
And I feel my job and my team empower the health
of the community. With my Vietnamese language
skills I’m DSHS certified. I can go out there and help
my Vietnamese community can get any resources that
they deserve to have. Such as health insurance,
anything with financial, Anything that they can think of
that they need for their life to survive. I work for the CAEAR Coalition.
We work under Ryan White Part B. We serve the HIV Positive community
and what motivates me is that it is community that is marginalized
and is sometimes overlooked because people don’t understand
that people who have HIV are just people and they have the same issues
that everyone else does. We understand our communities.
We provide reliable information on health and social services.
We bridge gaps in knowledge across language, culture, and
health. We encourage people to manage
their health, and connect with medical providers and services. Health and community systems
across the state have begun to rely on us more and more to find
people who might otherwise fall through the cracks in our system.
We know our value. Others are beginning to see
how we can help all communities build a legacy of good health. Community health workers are
the unsung heroes of local communities. And you are amazing! For more information on
Community health workers in Washington and how to
become one please find us on our website or
email us with questions. The 2016 Communities Health
Worker Conference was made possible with the assistance
and support of the following organizations
and people. And we want to thank them for
all their help.