The Arizona Prevention Research Center provides the coordination and leadership for a statewide effort to ensure the sustainability of community health workers within our health and health care systems. This is a critical issue for our border communities in both the United States and Mexico as the heart of so many community interventions is the work of community health workers. The Coalition is working to develop appropriate tools including a definition of community health workers, competencies for training, and a scope of practice of community health workers.
This NIH research is a collaborative effort of the Speech, Hearing and Language Department at the University of Arizona , the Arizona Prevention Research Center and Mariposa Community Health Center. This 5 year research project focuses on the development of an innovative community health worker model for eliminating the health disparities of people with hearing loss in the U.S.-Mexico border region.
The Arizona Prevention Research Center, the Rand Institute and Sunset Community Health Center were awarded a grant from the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI). The research study is being conducted at Sunset Community Health Center in Yuma, Arizona. The research includes the development/documentation and evaluation of three models of care: 1) The current model for providing behavioral health services. 2) A second model of care based on a participatory process of collecting input through patient focus groups and provider interviews.
The core research project focuses on the role of the community health worker, or promotora de salud, in health promotion and the control and prevention of chronic disease. In the last four years, the AzPRC has collaborated with border partners to explore the role of promotores in engaging community members to address policy and environmental change related to the social determinants of health.