Health Champions

What are Health Champions?

  • Health Champions are community volunteers who help their friends and neighbors learn more about health in their community.
  • Health Champions usually work in teams of two. *One of pair must have some kind of formal health background.
  • Health Champions schedule and conduct health outreach in their communities.
  • Health Champions follow a provided health outreach plan to conduct outreach.

*Health background may come from being a nurse, medical or health care social worker, physician, medical researcher, or health science instructor.

What is the Vaccine Literacy outreach program?

Vaccine Literacy is a Health Champions program to help community members achieve “vaccine literacy” by learning the “3 S’s” science, safety, and significance of vaccines.

  • Science: How do vaccines work?
  • Safety: How do scientists know vaccines are safe?
  • Significance: How do vaccines help communities manage our health?

Community members participate in Vaccine Literacy outreach. They share in reading out loud and discussing a story called Voices for Vaccines.

Vaccine Literacy is a non-judgmental and safe place to learn and ask questions. While the safety and benefits of vaccines are discussed, community members are not pressured to get vaccines.

What do Health Champions do in the Vaccine Literacy program?

  1. Schedule and invite people to Vaccine Literacy Outreach.
  2. Conduct Vaccine Literacy outreach following the Vaccine Literacy Outreach Plan.
  3. Complete the Vaccine Literacy Discussion Log after each session and submit to WE4H staff.

What are characteristics of Health Champions?

Are you?

  • Passionate about health in community and the power of vaccinations?
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19?
  • Able to organize meetings and manage time?
  • Able to listen to people’s vaccine fears and misconceptions with compassion and patience?
  • Able to create an environment where everyone is comfortable sharing their ideas?
  • Have time to work with a co-Health Champion to schedule and facilitate discussions?
  • Able to connect with many people to invite to discussions?

What are the benefits of being a Health Champion?

  • Get to know your neighbors even better.
  • Gain skills to facilitate discussions.
  • Contribute to your community’s knowledge of vaccines.
  • Help your community members feel more comfortable considering getting vaccines.
  • Receive personal incentives for your effort.

How do I become a Health Champion?

To become a Health Champion, you will complete a 2-hour training and demonstrate a basic knowledge of how vaccines work and their importance for individuals and communities in a post-training quiz. You will receive $30 for attending.

If you’d like to become a Health Champion, submit the contact form below, and we will notify you about the next training opportunity. Both online and in-person training is available.

Stories used by Health Champions in outreach

Voices for Vaccines (longer story), Victory for Vaccines (shorter story) and Vaccine FAQs are used by Health Champions to start the discussion about vaccines.


Our Project Partners

Santa Maria Community Services is an advocate for Cincinnati’s Greater Price Hill families to attain their educational, financial, and health goals. They provide more than 2,500 individuals with educational tools and resources to build strong families, promote healthy residents, and…

The Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) is committed to protecting and improving the health of the people of Cincinnati.

The priority of the center is to minimize the suffering and mortality associated with cancer in the Greater Cincinnati region.

WE4H offers health science educational programs for all ages at Norwood City Schools!

The Greenway offers many recreational amenities including a playground, spray park, basketball courts, two shelters, and stage area. However, it is also a stormwater management project that helps control sewer overflows into the Mill Creek. The Lick Run Greenway collects…

Cincinnati Public Libraries' mission is to connect people with the world of ideas and information. They offer free, open, unrestricted access to its collections and services that represent the needs of our diverse population.

Keep Norwood Cool was initiated in 2018 by Norwood resident Ms. Dana Boll, a designer and life-long environmentalist, to bring awareness to and advocate for healthier microenvironments in Norwood using a community readiness model and innovative designed solutions. Boll recognized…

The 20-member West End Community Research Advisory Board addresses community research occurring in their neighborhood. The Board’s objectives are to: Engage researchers to ensure they support the West End’s health goals in addition to collecting their study data Provide input…

The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) experience in community-based citizen science includes conducting health fairs, walking neighborhood environmental audits, and community-member facilitated discussions.

UCESC provides research, evaluation, assessment, and consulting to equip clients and partners to make data-based decisions for accountability, continuous quality improvement, program planning, and program and policy development. UCESC employs a collaborative model and has provided comprehensive external evaluation and…

get notified!

We hate spam too! Your e-mail address will not be sold or shared.

Meet Big Sam

Big Sam is a 40-something security guard at the high school Jazzy and Vito attend. Big Sam is worried about his health and recently found out his blood pressure is high. He covers up his worries with jokes. He lives in the apartment above Miss Georgia.

Meet Jazzy

Jazzy is a cheerful younger high school age girl. She is a cheerleader and does gymnastics. She enjoys spending time with older people and loves to bake with Miss Georgia. She has asthma and works hard to control it so she can enjoy her activities.

Meet Cardi

Cardi is a 30-something aerobics teacher at the community center who loves to help people get more fit and healthy but can be a bit too much “in your face” about it. She means well though!

Meet Vito

Vito is a plays-it-cool older high schooler who is sweet-natured at heart. He plays basketball at the community center and is friends with Jazzy. He loves pop and chips and can’t see why eating all he wants of them is a problem.

Meet Pops

Pops is a retired high school science teacher who loves to keep helping people learn about science and health. He likes to check out what everyone is doing or talking about and step in to give his opinion.

Meet Miss Georgia

Miss Georgia is a fun-loving lady in her 50’s who loves to sing, dance, and bake. She is always helping out at community events. She recently found out she has diabetes, and she is learning new ways to cook.