About the Program
This program prepares students to work for public health, non-profit and commercial health maintenance companies or organizations affiliated with the management of health services. Emphasis is on health education, health promotion and community outreach. Studies, in a wide range of health topics, include environmental health, health care delivery systems, nutrition, medical terminology, ethics, human anatomy and psychology. Coursework in this program is intended to develop and enhance the skills of community health advisors, social and human service assistants, and other people interested in working in the field of social work, community health and advocacy.
About the Program Coordinator: Dr. Fernando Martinez
Dr. Martinez is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Community Health Worker Program at Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, Texas. He has an extensive background in hospital administration, community health worker programs and education.
Dr. Martinez was an administrator at Christus Santa Rosa Health Care where he designed and implemented a community wellness and outreach program consisting of a mobile health clinic, neighborhood health promoters, community health nurse educators, lay case workers, a pediatric primary care clinic, inner-city physician recruitment, patient transportation, geriatric resource center, and a patient information system. This was the first hospital-based community outreach program in San Antonio.
Dr. Martinez has earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of New Mexico, Master of Science in Environmental Management, University of San Antonio, Master of Healthcare Administration, Baylor University and Ph.D., in Education Leadership, University of Texas, Austin