CHW Training & Certification Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee advises the HHSC Executive Commissioner. They focus on rules to put in place the standards of Health and Safety Code, Chapter 48. These standards have to do with training and regulation of promotores(as) or community health workers (CHW). Learn more about the committee’s tasks and purpose here.  

 

The committee may recommend qualifying sponsoring institutions or training programs and instructors. Also, they will do any other tasks the HHSC Executive Commissioner gives them. 

Information for Potential Committee Members

Committee membership includes:  

  • Four certified promotores(as) or CHWs,  

  • Two members of the public,  

  • Two professionals who work with CHWs in a community setting, and  

  • A member from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or a higher education faculty member who has: 

  • Teaching experience in community health, public health, or adult education, and  

  • CHW training experience. 

 

Members must regularly participate in committee meetings. They may also have to participate in subcommittee meetings, projects, and presentations.  

 

Committee meetings happen four times a year in Austin, Texas. Sometimes meetings are on location, and sometimes meetings are virtual through Microsoft Teams. The presiding officer, appointed by our commissioner, will decide the location of the meeting.  

 

Committee members who also work for a state agency won’t be reimbursed for their expenses. CHW or public members may be reimbursed for travel to and from meetings if funds are available. Committee members representing higher education or professionals working with CHWs are responsible for their travel expenses.  

View the current Advisory Committee roster, or view the current Advisory Committee bylaws. 

Applications for Committee Membership

Our commissioner appoints members to serve for three years.  

 

If you’re ready to apply, use the application form that fits you best: 

Email us to apply or learn more information about the committee

How to Apply for Advisory Committee Membership

You can send your application materials to us by email. Applicants must send a completed application and two signed and dated letters of recommendation. Your letters of recommendation must be signed with a hand-written signature.  

You should address your email to Attn: Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program.  

We won’t consider applications not signed and dated or without two signed and dated letters of recommendation. We will also not consider resumes, curriculum vitae, and extra supporting documents.  

We consider these factors in our effort to choose committee members who represent the diversity of all Texans: 

  • Qualifications,  

  • Background,  

  • Interest in service,  

  • Ethnicity,  

  • Gender, and 

  • Geographic location.

Email us to apply or learn more information about the committee

Meeting Information for the Public

Meetings are open to the public. There is no cost to attend, and you don’t need a reservation. You can also attend a meeting webcast

All meetings are from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central Time.  

How to Make a Public Comment to the Committee 

The public may comment on topics related to Promotor(a) or CHW Training and Certification. You can give either a written or an oral comment. 

You must complete a public comment form if you want to give an oral comment. The form is available before each upcoming meeting. We will email instructions on how to give an oral comment after you've done the form. You should register no later than 5:00 p.m. five days before the meeting. 

You can email a written public comment to us, too. Like oral comments, you must send your written public comment no later than 5:00 p.m. five days before the meeting. Email your written comment to us. Please include your name and tell us if you are representing yourself or an organization. We'll forward your written comments to state staff and committee members for consideration. We won't read written comments aloud in the meeting. Comments should not include confidential information or protected health information. 

You may also use the Microsoft Teams Live Event Q&A section of the meeting to ask to give a public comment. Your request must include your name, a phone number, and if you’re representing yourself or an organization. Again, do not include confidential or protected information. 

Public Comment Limitations 

Please follow these guidelines for your public comment conduct: 

  • You are limited to three minutes for your public comment.  

  • You can’t interject or ask questions to committee members during the rest of the meeting.  

Follow these rules if you have a handout with your public comment: 

Staff won’t read handouts aloud in the meeting. We will give your handout to the members of the advisory committee and state staff.  

Need Help or Have Questions about a Meeting? 

Our CHW coordinator can help you with many things, including:  

  • Help with assistive technology or services for meeting attendance, or 

  • Questions about:  

  • Agenda items,  

  • Content,  

  • Meeting arrangements, or  

  • Public comment requirements.  

You must call the CHW coordinator at least five days before the upcoming meeting.  

Email our CHW coordinator for questions or concerns, or call the coordinator at 512-776-2777 for help.  

Meetings

Meeting Documents and Webcasts

Date  Agenda  Slides  Minutes  Webcast 
January 28, 2022 Agenda -28Jan2022  Slides -28Jan2022     Webcast -28Jan22  
April 29, 2022 Agenda- 29April2022  Slides- 29April2022     
July 29, 2022 Agenda- 29July2022       
October 28, 2022 Agenda- 28Oct2022 Slides- 28Oct2022    
Future meeting dates are subject to change.        

2021 Meetings

Date Agenda Slides   Minutes  Webcast
January 28, 2021 Agenda -28Jan2021    Slides -28Jan2021  Minutes -28Jan2021 Webcast -28Jan2021 
April 30, 2021 Agenda -30Apr2021   Slides -30Apr2021  Minutes -30Apr2021 Webcast -30Apr2021 
July 30, 2021 --Cancelled--        
October 29, 2021 Agenda -29Oct2021    Slides -29Oct2021  Minutes -29Oct2021  Webcast -29Oct2021