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 COVID-19 Literacy outreach program?
COVID-19 Literacy is a Health Champions program to help community members achieve “COVID-19 literacy” by learning the “3 S’s” science, safety, and significance of COVID-19 vaccines.
- Science: How do vaccines work, especially the newer COVID-19 mRNA vaccines?
- Safety: How do scientists know COVID-19 vaccines are safe?
- Significance: How will COVID-19 vaccines help communities manage our future living with COVID-19?
Community members participate in COVID-19 Literacy outreach. They share in reading out loud and discussing a story called Take Your Best Shot.
COVID-19 Literacy is a non-judgmental and safe place to learn and ask questions. While the safety and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine are discussed, community members are not pressured to get a vaccine.
What do Health Champions do in the Covid Literacy program?
- Schedule and invite people to COVID-19 Literacy Outreach.
- Conduct COVID-19 Literacy outreach following the COVID-19 Literacy Outreach Plan.
- Complete the COVID-19 Literacy Discussion Log after each session and submit to WE4H staff.
What are characteristics of Health Champions?
- Passionate about health in community and COVID-19 vaccination?
- Fully vaccinated against COVID-19?
- Able to organize meetings and manage time?
- Able to listen to people’s COVID-19 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 COVID-19 vaccines.
- Help your community members feel more comfortable considering getting COVID-19 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 COVID-19 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.
Take Your Best Shot Story
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