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Training coming to Petersburg

November 1, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

LEWISBURG The Center for Rural and Community Health of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is offering free training in Petersburg to become a Community Health Education Resource Person (CHERP).

With this training program, you can: become a Community Health Education Resource Person Level 1 Wellness; help friends and neighbors gain access to improved health care; and learn how to help others develop a healthier lifestyle.

"A Community Health Education Resource Person is a trained community member who provides health information and support to other community members who need help," said Wayne Miller, Ph.D., and program director of the WVSOM Center for Rural and Community Health.

"Once trained, these individuals can answer basic questions about health, disease, nutrition, physical activity and health behaviors," he said. "These community health workers are then available as a resource to the community. Because these individuals live among the residents they serve, they may be able to assist individuals in need more readily than other health care providers or allied health professionals."

Level 1 Wellness training sessions will be offered at the following times. All four sessions must be attended in order to complete the training: Nov. 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., instruction; Nov 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., instruction; and Nov. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., testing.

Sessions will take place at the Grant County Public Library, 18 Mountain View St. in Petersburg. Training is open to all individuals, 18 and older, and no previous health care experience is required.

To learn more about becoming a Community Health Education Resource Person or to register for training, contact Joyce Martin at jmartin@osteo.wvsom.edu or 304-793-6571.

Funding for this project has been provided by the Benedum Foundation, a "Change the Future" Community Transformation Grant and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

 
 

 

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