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South Texas Community Health Worker Training Network collaborative graduates first cohort of promotores

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley joined South Texas College, Texas A&M University and United Healthcare on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, to celebrate the graduation of its first cohort of promotores, or community health workers, from the South Texas Community Health Worker Training Network. (STC Photo by Ben Briones)

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley joined South Texas College, Texas A&M University and United Healthcare on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, to celebrate the graduation of its first cohort of promotores, or community health workers, from the South Texas Community Health Worker Training Network. (STC Photo by Ben Briones)

By Jennifer Berghom

WESLACO, TEXAS – AUG. 18, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley joined South Texas College, Texas A&M University and United Healthcare today in celebrating the graduation of its first cohort of promotores, or community health workers, from the South Texas Community Health Worker Training Network.

The training program is a collaboration between the UTRGV School of Medicine, Texas A&M University, South Texas College and the National Rural Health Association, and offers training to people who want to serve their neighborhoods as community health workers.

Promotores are trusted individuals in their communities who serve as frontline health providers, and serve as liaisons between their communities and healthcare providers. Students receive 160 hours of training over three months to become certified community health workers.

The training program is part of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s South Texas Interprofessional Team Collaborative for Health (STITCH), which includes collaborators like the county’s health department, hospitals, nonprofit groups, promotores and other educational institutions that have teamed up to provide care to communities.

It was made possible by a three-year, $2.8 million grant United Health Foundation awarded the UTRGV School of Medicine to help support the Colonia Integrated Care Program: VIDAS (Valley Interprofessional Development and Services). The initiative aims to unite the region by building an integrated, interprofessional collaborative that will create a sustainable model for health care delivery to the most vulnerable members of the community. 

ABOUT UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

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MEDIA CONTACTS
Jennifer.Berghom@UTRGV.edu
UTRGV Senior Writer / 956-665-7192

Marci.Caltabiano@UTRGV.edu
UTRGV Director of News and Internal Communications / 956-665-2742