Maternal and Child Health Promoters collaborate with health clinics, community organizations, and family members to promote healthier lives for mothers and children. Volunteers are mainly assigned to health clinics run by the Guatemalan Ministry of Health in the most rural and needy communities with high rates of malnutrition, especially in communities with large indigenous Mayan populations. On occasion, Volunteers may be assigned to the offices of non-governmental organizations located in those rural communities.
Maternal and Child Health Promoters help improve the capacity of health clinics to promote maternal and child health by training health workers on adult education methodologies, behavior change theory, motivational interviewing, and coaching skills. Such trainings take place in small groups and in one-on-one settings to enhance health workers’ ability to deliver high quality education to mothers, households, and community members. Health workers and Volunteers co-deliver high quality health education and coaching to women and community members to deepen their understanding of maternal, child, and family health topics and eventually adopt evidence-based health behaviors.
Volunteers also work with the community at large, as community organization and empowerment is key to promoting sustainable community health. Volunteers link key community leaders and organizations to engage in campaigns, activities, and projects that enable the adoption of healthy behaviors. Volunteers use participatory methodology to facilitate the assessment of community needs, linkage of actors and the actual execution of campaigns, activities, or small scale projects. Examples include organization of parades to promote better nutrition, workshops to empower women and girls, and improved wood burning stoves in underserved households.
The project is designed with an emphasis on behavior change theory, community empowerment, and sustainability. All work performed by Volunteers within the project reflects this approach and is accomplished in collaboration with the community in which they work. A monitoring and evaluation system is in place to track project progress and outcome.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check