In response to a need identified by the DSHS, GCATTC developed a Behavioral Health Training Module for “Promotoras”.
Promotoras are rural health outreach workers in the border area of south Texas. The health outreach workers provide general health advice and assistance in accessing limited health care services. The module provides training in screening and referring Hispanic patients who may need substance abuse and/or mental health services.
The training package (available in Hispanic and English versions) also provides exposure and training in the principles of brief intervention, and deals with issues of stigma, legal status, and other barriers to seeking and accessing needed services. The ATTC developed and tested the culturally sensitive curriculum, and has made it available for ongoing training of the Promotora workforce.
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