Community Health Worker Program at HCC

Community Health Worker Program at HCC


My name is José Rivera Salinas. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Well, I went into Foundations of Health and
I’m focusing right now to finish my certificate in Community Health Worker. So I’m 48 years old. That’s not a norm. I’d been out of college almost 30 years, so
I had to get back into the groove. I’m into nutrition, I’m into helping people. I like to help people. I like to make people aware and I care for
that. It’s satisfying to work at the YMCA because
people go there because they need help. And we as CHWs, we are the bridge. We are the link to help these people. The children are referred through the doctors,
through the clinic to the YMCA, and we coach the kids with the parents. We give them the tools so they can better
their health. There’s nothing more satisfying than that. One of the challenges is, I work. I have to work to pay the bills, right? And I’m a student, and sometimes the courses
could have a conflict with your work. HCC helped me in many aspects. One aspect was they would adapt with my hourly
work, with my courses. That’s rare. That’s a challenge, but you know what, you
feel alive. All these people genuinely care for the students. My plans after HCC when I graduate here in
June? Continue working as a CHW, and then in three
or four months, most likely come back to finish my associates. I want to put more healthy, holistic lifestyle
where I could take that to people and help people more. I would tell someone who’s coming to HCC,
go for it! The staff is great, the people here, they
know what they’re doing. They’re professionals. I chose HCC because when I came for advice,
I found that they treated me so good and they guided me so good, I said, why should I look
for somewhere else?

Author: Kevin Mason

2 thoughts on “Community Health Worker Program at HCC

  1. JOSE RIVERA SOLINAS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR ONES WHO WANT TO BRING ABOUT A CHANGE IN THEIR EVERYDAY LIVES IN HIS COMMUNITY. GREAT PROPS TO HIM, AND I HOPE THAT GOD BLESSES HIM ND THE PEOPLE THAT HE WANTS TO HELP!

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