The RWHP recognizes that lay-health workers are the bridge between community and service providers in areas most affected by disparities in health and education. Known by many names: promotores, peer educators and community health workers, Lay-health workers are community members who feel moved to serve their community. Once trained, they strengthen the well-being of their community and personally grow through increased education, community service and leadership development.
Each FPI Program follows a 7-point protocol:
- Each project is designed with community partners.
- Members of the community help develop the health messages.
- Lay-health workers serve as agents for community education.
- Local providers and social service groups prepare for potential referrals.
- Spanish-language Resources Guides are distributed.
- Site Coordinators are trained to facilitate outreach services to build community involvement and inform community members about services.
- Outreach approaches include: home visits, community events, fairs and meetings.