Training Hispanic Home Health Aides Provides Health Care - and Jobs

In 1995, the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, located in Camden, N.J., developed the Community Health Group program.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Jersey Health Initiatives national program.

In the Community Health Group program, low-income Hispanic women, particularly welfare recipients, were recruited and trained to provide quality, culturally sensitive home health care services for the elderly and disabled.

The women received 1,500 hours of paraprofessional training conducted by the center's staff with the assistance of trainers from the Technical Institute of Camden, an adult vocational training school.

Key Results

  • Some 31 students passed the nursing home health aide certification and clinical exam, and received job placement services.
  • Many of the project's graduates were offered employment in the home health field, with assistance from the project's job development and case management services.
  • Graduates worked either full-time or part-time, with an average of 33.8 hours per week of service.
  • The center provided ongoing assistance to graduates through a family support group focusing on life skills training such as conflict resolution, communication, and assertiveness.