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11th Spring Intensive Capacity Building for Promotores de Salud / Community Health Workers

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11th Spring Intensive Capacity Building for Promotores de Salud / Community Health Workers

June 3-4, 2019

Naches, WA, Camp Roganunda

Written by: Maribel Montes de Oca, NWRPCA's Community Health Improvement Specialist and Seth Doyle, NWRPCA's Director of Strategic Initiatives 

Photos by: Mely Barajas


Earlier this month, the Washington Community Health Workers/Promotores Network held its 11th Spring Intensive Capacity Building Training. In the beautiful wilderness setting of Camp Roganunda in central Washington, community health workers (CHWs) and Promotores from throughout Washington and Oregon came together to share their passion for learning, skill building, and supporting healthy communities.


The Spring Intensive is organized by community health leaders from Moses Lake/Quincy Community Health Center, Chelan-Douglas Health District, The Washington Association for Community Health, The King County Promotores Network, Northwest Regional Primary Care Association and other partners and colleagues. This year over 80 colleagues participated in this free 2-day training, and there were 15 sponsoring organizations who donated funds, time and resources.


A priority for the Spring Intensive is to make the training accessible and relevant to front line staff who work directly with communities. Thanks to the generous support of the sponsoring organizations, the Spring Intensive Training is free, it is held in Spanish (with English translation), and support for lodging, meals, and transportation is provided to all participants.


This year featured a strong agenda with local and national leaders sharing strategies and expertise related to resiliency, self-efficacy, mental health, human trafficking, community transformation and immigration. In addition, as part of a grant from the RCHN Community Health Foundation, NWRPCA was privileged to host a pre-training focus group where colleagues shared insight on the work that CHWs do related to behavioral health and behavioral health integration in a primary care setting. The discussion from the focus group was rich, and the data gathered will be used to inform the development of a concept paper that will be published later in the year, as well as future training opportunities for CHWs/Promotores.


Mary Jo Ybarra Vega, Outreach and Behavioral Health Coordinator from Moses Lake/Quincy Community Health Center and the Spring Intensive Training Coordinator, officially kicked us off Monday morning with a warm welcome, getting participants excited about the next two days they would have with each other. The day was filled with expert presenters, including Gerardo Balcazar from Vision y Compromiso sharing a thoughtful and compelling presentation on resiliency & self-efficacy. Dr. Gino Aisenberg from the Latino Center for Health at the University of Washington engaged the wisdom and expertise in the room as he presented on mental health and the crucial work that CHWs and Promotoras lead. The final presenter of the day was Eliel Cruz-Brito from the Northwest Justice Project. Eliel shared updates and critical information on Human Trafficking.




In the afternoon, many colleagues enjoyed a “mobile charla” as attendees hiked to Boulder Cave, while others mingled about Camp Roganunda networking and reflecting. Attendees all gathered back together for “laughing yoga” as we transitioned to dinner and heard from sponsors. Attendees were treated to a baile folklorico performance and music by Parque Padrinos. The first day closed with networking, laughter, storytelling, s’mores and community building around the campfire.





The final day included hearing from expert colleagues on community transformation. Maria Lemus from Vision y Compromiso inspired and engaged attendees in strategizing on how to effectively create transformative partnerships. Brenda Rodriguez López from the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network shared critical information, resources and strategies related to immigration and supporting our communities. We also heard regional updates from Rosa Peralta Landin from Healthy Generations & Anne Farrell-Sheffer from the Washington State Department of Health on CHWs and Promotores in Washington state. The training concluded with closing remarks, presentation of certificates, and the recognition of two Lifetime Achievement Awards for two colleagues who have been instrumental in the development of the Washington CHW/Promotores Network, Carol McCormick and Liliana Sanchez. Carol and Liliana were presented with the “Corazon de Servicio” Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing the commitment, time, hard work and love that they have and continue to invest in our communities.




Special recognition goes to the core organizers at the Moses Lake/Quincy Community Health Center, the planning committee, sponsors, our expert presenters, Camp Roganunda hosts, Mr. Ramon’s catering team and all of our colleagues and attendees who joined us and made the 11th Spring Intensive Capacity Building for Promotores de Salud / Community Health Workers possible! We hope to continue to grow and have more colleagues join us next year.




If you would like to learn more about the training, please contact:

Maribel Montes de Oca, NWRPCA's Community Health Improvement Specialist, at mmontesdeoca@nwrpca.org.


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