Community Health Champions is a peer-led healthy living education program offered by Nutrition Services. Traditionally, Alameda County Public Health has attempted to address health inequities by performing extensive outreach to at risk communities, but in doing so has often failed to reach the most vulnerable individuals. Pilot studies have shown that these communities can be best reached through a peer education model in which residents of the targeted communities are trained and in turn provide education to their neighbors. As such, we have employed a peer education model since 2010 with wonderful success.
Our peer educators, called Community Health Champions, have engaged thousands of our most vulnerable residents in conversations on how to live healthy lives and improve health in their communities. As a result of these interactions residents have made important lifestyle changes such as increased fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity. For more information on this program, please contact Cheryl Lott at Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindia Sanchez at Cindia.Sanchez@acgov.org