Enabling The Rise of the Community Health Worker

Published: January 28, 2019

The Maternal and Child Health Training Program team at UTHealth is working to integrate community health workers into the spectrum of maternal and child health care.

To understand why the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Program team at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has focused so much of its energy in recent years on training Community Health Workers (CHWs), it’s important to understand two things. One is that preventable chronic diseases are now a far greater burden on the public’s health than infectious diseases, which were once the heaviest health burden on our population.  The other is that lifestyle behaviors that take place outside the walls of the health care system, such as diet and physical activity, are now widely acknowledged as key to preventing and treating chronic diseases.