Published On: Fri, Dec 27th, 2013

WVSOM Center for Rural and Community Health to offer free training in Lewisburg

The Center for Rural and Community Health of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is offering free training 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

• 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.”

Level 1 – Wellness training sessions will be offered at the following times. All four sessions must be attended in order to complete the training. Sessions will take place in the Roland P. Sharp Alumni Center on WVSOM’s campus.

• Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 15-16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Friday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m. to 12 noon

• Friday, Jan. 24, 1 to 4 p.m.

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.