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The Texas AHEC East has an existing infrastructure with staff expertise, and a proven track record in curriculum design and training to develop a behavioral health curriculum that can augment the existing CHW training program, as well as strong partnerships with community-based primary care providers to implement, pilot, and evaluate the curriculum in primary care settings.
Furthermore, the proposed Project Director is recognized for her work and expertise in CHW training, serves as the Chair of the National AHEC Organization's Community Health Worker workgroup, and is a member of the American Public Health Association's Community Health Worker section. She has presented at national meetings and at several states' CHW meetings on designing CHW training curriculum, as well as the CHW apprenticeship-training model. As a result of these collaborations and recognitions, significant opportunities exist for national dissemination and replication of this project. Providing the additional funding to an existing grantee (Texas AHEC East—University of Texas Medical Branch) also has benefits for program evaluation purposes, since AHEC grantees have existing evaluation requirements with which they comply. This award aligns with the current AHEC budget period cycle, resulting in administrative savings over a competitive grant making process.
Meseret Bezuneh, Project Officer, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9C-05, Rockville, Maryland 20857; Phone: (301) 594-4149, Email: