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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

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Lay Health Workers

Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County

Providing health information in communities by trained lay individuals that are linguistically and culturally similar to the population they serve has long been practiced in areas and countries where access to healthcare and health education is limited.  The value of improved communication and buy-in from communities served by lay health workers has seen this practice expand in many areas of health services.
At The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, "Community Health Advisors" (CHA) use their experience and insights in neighborhoods, social and faith-based groups, at worksites, and community centers to provide health information.
The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County staff provide training on how to present health messages, lead and facilitate support groups, and provide feedback on programming, attendance, and activities. Currently, our lay health workers, or CHAs, lead 6-12 week support groups for weight loss in various community locations and worksites, sharing GIFT (Get into Fitness Today) material. Oversite is by Registered Dietitians, Registered Nurses, and Health Educators. All health information and materials are approved by the Health Department. 
Who can be a Community Health Advisor? Anyone who is interested in helping others to better understand health information and become more aware of health risks.
For more information about our lay health worker program, please call (813) 307-8071.