Denise Moreno Ramírez, M.S., Community Engagement Coordinator for the University of Arizona (UA) Superfund Research Program (SRP) and Dean Carter Binational Center for Environmental Health Sciences (Binational Center), was recently an invited speaker in the 2011 Risk eLearning webinar series, Community Engagement: New Approaches and Success Stories. The June seminar, “Community Engagement: Train the Trainer,” was sponsored by the National Institutes of Environmental health, and hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency on the CLU-IN Internet seminar site.
The title of Ms. Moreno Ramírez’s talk was, “Environmental Health Transferable Training Modules Targeting Promotoras.” She described the outreach that the UA SRP and Binational Center have been performing in conjunction with the Sonora Environmental Research Institute, Inc., Regional Center for Border Health, and the Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora to work with promotoras, or community health advocates, to educate US-Mexico border communities on environmental health issues. Ms. Moreno Ramírez outlined basic concepts of the transferable training modules, explained how the train-the-trainer model multiplies education efforts, and described how development of the packaged, yet adaptable, modules fosters improved training. She explained the process of working with the promotoras and the community to evaluate their needs for information regarding environmental health issues they face in their everyday lives. She described the development of the module content, comprising didactic lectures and hands-on activities, by scientific experts, students, and outreach coordinators. She outlined the ongoing process for piloting and revising the modules, based on feedback from both the module instructors and the audience. The archived seminar can be accessed at http://www.clu-in.org/conf/tio/engagement4/.
Please join us in congratulating Denise on a successful presentation, and wishing her continued success in developing the promotora training modules!