History of Medicine Lecture Series – Big Eyes, Big Ears, Big Heart and Little Mouth: The History and Role of Community Health Workers

Event Date & Time

October 22, 2020 at 6-7 p.m.

Location

Online - Zoom


Event Details:
This talk will describe the history of community health workers (CHW), from the ‘barefoot doctors’ of Mao Zedong’s China to the promotores de salud serving Spanish speaking communities in the Americas today, and the vital role they have played in improving health and well-being around the world. Dr. Rosenfeld will explore the various programs that have utilized CHWs, the common services they have provided, and the ways in which they have served as a bridge between the communities they serve and the formal health care system. This talk will conclude by discussing the important role CHWs have played and should continue to play in addressing the social and structural determinants of health, issues of health equity and social justice within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing socio-political challenges facing communities across the United States.

This conversation is part of a series of lectures to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the P.I. Nixon Library.

Register now

About the Speaker(s)

Dr. Jason Rosenfeld is a public health professional with almost 20 years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating international and domestic community health education and behavior change programs. Jason began his career as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana. After returning to the US, Jason supported the USAID Food for Peace program before obtaining his Masters in Public Health in Health Education and Behavioral Sciences from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Dr. Rosenfeld then moved to Southern Africa where he managed community-based health education and behavior change programs, including one year in Zimbabwe during the international cholera response efforts from 2009-2010. Since 2011, Dr. Rosenfeld has served as the Assistant Director for Global Health at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at UT Health San Antonio. In this capacity, Dr. Rosenfeld directs the global health curriculum, mentors students who complete global field experiences, and directs partnerships to implement Community Health Clubs, a community-based health promotion program, in Haiti, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and South Texas (see TEDx talk: https://youtu.be/ug3D0B4gcjs). Jason recently completed an Executive DrPH in Public Health Leadership through the University of North Carolina’s Gilling’s School of Global Public Health and joined the faculty at UT Health San Antonio as Assistant Professor of Medicine. In addition to his duties teaching public health and social determinants of health, and implementing and evaluating community-based health promotion programs, Dr. Rosenfeld currently serves as the Chair of the Texas Public Health Associations Health Education section and the co-chair of the Education and Enforcement workgroup for the Metropolitan Health Department’s COVID-19 Community Response Coalition.