Sept. 8, 2011

Make a difference in your community as a Community Health Advocate

WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine’s Center for Healthy Communities to offer free classes in Community Health Advocacy this fall

DAYTON, Ohio—The Center for Healthy Communities at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is offering classes on “Introduction to Community Health Advocacy,” Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 4 through Nov. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. The free classes will be held at the Center for Healthy Communities at One Elizabeth Place, Suite 110, in Dayton.

Since 1993, the Community Health Advocacy (CHA) program has trained advocates to assist underserved community members to access services that can improve their health. The advocates help individuals and families with health and social service problems by providing information on community resources, necessary support and follow-up. They are sensitive to social, economic and cultural community issues.

Class topics include:

  • how community health advocates fit into the health and social service system;
  • cultural health beliefs and practices/cultural awareness;
  • community resources; and
  • principles of disease prevention.

The class is offered as a noncredit course and no fees or books are required. All course materials will be provided free of charge. Volunteer opportunities are available. Students need to have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Registration deadline is Sept. 27.

To register or for more information, contact Kimberly Conner at (937) 775-8254 or kimberly.conner@wright.edu.