National Center for Farmworker Health

About Health Education

"The purpose of health education is to positively influence the health behavior of individuals and communities as well as the living and working conditions that influence their health." We believe that the best way to do this is through the development of health education programs that involve the farmworker community from point of inception to point of implementation. As a result, the NCFH Leadership Development and Training Center focuses its efforts on the development of health education programs that incorporate the lay health worker (promotor de salud) model. Lay health workers, who are commonly members of the target community, have been proven effective in the delivery of health messages and have been successful in implementing a variety of health promotion campaigns in the farmworker community. NCFH works with various lay health worker groups across the country to build capacity by providing training and educational tools that can be used in the delivery of health education to the community. From breast and cervical cancer to farmworker safety and HIV/AIDS, NCFH strives to be on the forefront in addressing the greatest health education needs of this population.

Program Development: Program development is crucial to a successful health education program, and is the "nuts and bolts" for successful implementation. Whether you are new to starting a lay health worker program and need to learn the basics of getting it started, or if you are looking to fine tune an existing program, NCFH can provide you with the tools to fit your needs. From writing effective goals to training your lay health workers, our experienced staff of health educators will consult with you to identify the needs of your organization and develop a program plan that provides the best fit for your community.

Health Education Material Development: Health education is more than program development; health education is also about creating materials that include culturally sensitive components and deliver the most effective messages to encourage behavior change. NCFH has extensive experience in the development of comprehensive health education materials for our target population on a variety of topics including breast and cervical cancer, diabetes, and oral health. In addition, we can assist you in the development of your own health education materials to meet the specific needs of your community.

Training: NCFH provides training services to interested organizations or health centers on any of the health education programs we have developed. Most of the training sessions are offered for two types of audiences: lay health workers/allied health staff and trainers or program coordinators.

NCFH can train your lay health worker staff directly, or we can train your program coordinators to train your lay health workers on any of our programs. The workshops are tailored to meet your specific needs and time constraints and include appropriate materials for implementation. Pricing for these workshops is dependent upon travel expenses, length of training days, number of participants and materials needed to carry out the program. We will work with you to identify which type of training best fits your needs. Please contact the person listed at the e-mail below each of the program descriptions for more information on scheduling any of the training sessions.

We encourage you to learn about the numerous health education programs NCFH offers.