Community Health Workers (CHW) are used throughout the world to promote good health, provide health education, assist in the prevention of disease, and provide basic health and medical care in their communities. CHWs serve the role of front line public health workers in the U.S.-Mexico border region. In the border region, these workers are commonly known as promotoras/promotores de salud (health promoters/promoters) in communities, except on Indian reservations where they are referred to as community health representatives (CHRs).
The purpose of this assessment study was to identify the training needs of CHWs to help design effective training programs in the U.S.-Mexico border region. It is hoped that improving the effectiveness of those programs could lead to better health outcomes for the populations served by CHWs.