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Tulare County Health and Human Service Agency’s Public Health Department and the Public Health Institute will host a Spanish training, Tomando Control de Su Salud, for community health workers and promotores (Hispanic outreach educators).

The training provides the facilitation skills needed to lead community workshops with a co-facilitator to teach those with chronic illnesses how to manage their health. The English version of the program is known as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

Tomando Control de Su Salud is an evidence-based program developed and licensed by Stanford University. Community members are trained to facilitate workshops and provide tools and resources for those with chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. Self-management topics covered include handling frustration, fatigue, nutrition, medication use, exercise, and communication with health care providers.

The Tomando Control de Su Salud training will be offered March 18th through the 21st, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Earlimart School District Office, 785 E. Center Avenue, Earlimart. Lunch is provided, along with course materials. There is no charge for the training.

After completing the four-day training, individuals are ready to facilitate a workshop with a co-leader in their own community. Trainees are required to deliver a minimum of two workshops annually over the next two years for which qualified and unsponsored individuals may receive a stipend.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Tulare County to hold this nationally recognized training in Tulare County and then be able to have a group of local teachers who can share the training with others,” says Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County Public Health Officer.

Community health workers, promotores, individuals with chronic diseases, liaisons, clinic and agency staff, parents, community advocates, volunteers, and students are invited to register for the training. The training is open to those interested in becoming educators within their community to assist in putting citizens on the path to better health.

Contact Patricia Pullen at (559) 624-8486, or ppullen@tularehhsa.org, for program and registration details.

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