The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall
have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Applicant--A person who applies to the department
for a certificate of competency as a promotor(a) or community health
worker, an instructor, or a training program.
(2) Certificate--Certificate issued to a promotor(a)
or community health worker, instructor, or training program by the
(3) Certified Training Curriculum--An educational,
community health training curriculum approved by the department for
the purpose of training promotores or community health workers or
(4) Commission--The Texas Health and Human Services
(5) Commissioner--The Commissioner of the Department
of State Health Services.
(6) Committee--Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker
Training and Certification Advisory Committee.
(7) Compensation--Receiving payment or receiving reimbursement
(8) Core Competencies--Key skills for a promotor(a)
or community health worker required for certification by the department
as listed in policy at www.dshs.texas.gov.
(9) Department--The Department of State Health Services.
(10) Executive Commissioner--The Executive Commissioner
of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
(11) Instructor--A person certified by the department
to provide instruction and training in one or more core competencies
to promotores or community health workers.
(12) Program--The Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker
Training and Certification Program established by the department to
provide standards and guidelines for issuance of a certificate.
(13) Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker--A person
who, with or without compensation, provides a liaison between health
care providers and patients through activities such as assisting in
case conferences, providing patient education, making referrals to
health and social services, conducting needs assessments, distributing
surveys to identify barriers to health care delivery, making home
visits, and providing bilingual language services.
(14) Training program--An organization approved by
the department to deliver a certified training curriculum to promotores
or community health workers or instructors.