Home Health Aide
A WORKER-CENTERED CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR HOME HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
Encuentro’s Home Health Aide (HHA) Program is an innovative career development program that creates pathways for Latinx, Spanish-speaking immigrants to enter into one of New Mexico’s fastest growing industries: elder care.
The HHA Program prioritizes education, economic opportunities and leadership development as three pillars essential to this complex and important career.
Encuentro Releases Comprehensive Report on its HHA Program Relative to the Home Health Needs of New Mexico
Encuentro: Proud Winners Of The Opportunity Challenge Award!
September 25th, 2020
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More About The HHA Program:
Entry Level Home Health Aide (HHA) Certificate Program:
Developed in 2016 in partnership with Central New Mexico (CNM) Community College, the curriculum exceeds the NM Department of Health’s training requirements for home health agencies; graduates earn three industry-recognized certificates (Personal Care Assistant (PCA), Home Health Aide (HHA), First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)).
Connecting Harvest to Health (H2H) – Elderly Food & Nutrition Training:
This course emerged in response to HHA graduates’ requests for specialized nutritional training required for working with elders in the field. Launched in the summer 2019 and developed in partnership with Presbyterian Hospital, Three Sister’s Kitchen, and Meals on Wheels, H2H is an innovative elderly food and nutrition program providing opportunities to learn about food and nutrition while practicing skills.
2) ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY:
Together with HHA graduates, Encuentro is developing programs and services to support self-employment opportunities for HHAs.
The EnCasa Care Connections (ECCC) matching registry
EnCasa Care Connections was initiated in April 2018. EnCasa Care is an online matching registry built by Encuentro to help connect elderly clients seeking care with HHAs seeking self-employment.
The H2H Internship Program
This is a three-month paid skills practicum placing HHA students with low-income elderly clients who do not otherwise qualify for Medicaid.
In development: worker-owned home health cooperative
HHA graduates are currently leading an effort to develop a worker-owned home health cooperative to promote justice in the workplace and ensure more equitable educational and employment opportunities for immigrant HHAs in the field.