Public health community health workers might:
advise other professionals about language issues and the need for cultural sensitivity
work to set up a child car-seat scheme
arrange a community meeting to address the issue of young people involved in drug taking
demonstrate low-fat cooking methods to whanau and ringawera (kitchen workers or cooks)
provide support to family and whanau dealing with social services.
What school subjects do you need to be a public health community health worker?
English, Maori, or your own language are the key requirements. It might also be helpful to have skills in information technology and science.
What qualifications will you need to be a public health community health worker?
Up until recently, a person's personal attributes and life experience were key to a successful career as a community health worker. Now, however, it is increasingly expected that community health workers have at least a Certificate in Community Skills or a Certificate in Health Promotion to support them in their role.
This study may well be completed while the person is in their job.
Public health community health workers: who employs them?
Iwi providers, other Maori organisations, Pacific, Asian, and new migrant agencies along with District Health Boards, Non-Government Organisations and a wide range of other organisations currently employ community health workers.
The more community health workers formalise their qualifications and training, the greater likelihood that they will evolve into an even more critical workforce within public health.
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