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TITLE 25HEALTH SERVICES
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 146TRAINING AND REGULATION OF PROMOTORES OR COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS
RULE §146.1Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Advisory Committee--Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Advisory Committee.

  (2) Applicant--A promotor(a) or community health worker who applies to the Department of State Health Services for a certificate of competence; an instructor who applies to the department to train promotores or community health workers; or a sponsoring organization that applies to the department to offer training approved by the department to train promotores or community health workers.

  (3) Certificate--Certificate issued to a promotor(a) or community health worker, instructor or sponsoring organization by the Department of State Health Services.

  (4) Commission--The Health and Human Services Commission.

  (5) Commissioner--The Commissioner of the Department of State Health Services.

  (6) Compensation--Includes receiving payment or receiving reimbursement for expenses.

  (7) Core Competencies--Key skills for promotores or community health workers required for certification by the department, including communication skills, interpersonal skills, knowledge base on specific health issues, service coordination skills, capacity-building skills, advocacy skills, teaching skills, and organizational skills.

  (8) Department--The Department of State Health Services.

  (9) Distance Learning--The acquisition of knowledge and skills through mediated information and instruction, encompassing all technologies and other forms of learning at a distance.

  (10) Executive Commissioner--Executive Commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission.

  (11) Health--A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being where an individual or group is able to realize aspirations and satisfy needs, and to change or cope with the environment. Health is a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living; it is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources as well as physical capabilities. This definition is from the World Health Organization, "Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, 1986."

  (12) Certified Instructor--An individual approved by the department to provide instruction and training in one or more core competencies to promotores or community health workers.

  (13) "Promotor(a)" or "Community Health Worker"--A person who, with or without compensation, is a liaison and provides cultural mediation between health care and social services, and the community. A promotor(a) or community health worker: is a trusted member, and has a close understanding of, the ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, and life experiences of the community served. A promotor(a) or community health worker assists people to gain access to needed services and builds individual, community, and system capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, patient navigation and follow-up, community health education and information, informal counseling, social support, advocacy, and participation in clinical research.

  (14) Sponsoring organization--An organization approved by the department to deliver a certified training curriculum to promotores or community health workers or instructors.

  (15) Certified Training Curriculum--An educational, community health training curriculum approved by the department for the purpose of training promotores or community health workers or instructors.


Source Note: The provisions of this §146.1 adopted to be effective June 24, 2015, 40 TexReg 3828

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