Volunteer Health Advisor Program

Volunteer Health Advisors (VHAs) act as a bridge between the community and CHA. They are respected public health workers who have a close understanding of the community they serve. This trusting relationship enables them to serve as a link between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. VHAs help reduce, and in some cases eliminate, the persistent disparities in health care and health outcomes in under-served communities.

Community Health at its Best

What Successful Community Health Education Looks Like – You!

CHA partners with people like you who are committed to improving the health of their communities. The Volunteer Health Advisor (VHA) program trains and supports volunteers to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate community education to underserved and hard-to-reach populations. This work leads to better access to care and better health. Many of the VHAs speak multiple languages, come from all over the globe and live or work in CHA’s surrounding communities.

A Taste of the Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Delivering basic health education in disease prevention and wellness using culturally appropriate terms and concepts
  • Providing health education presentations
  • Raising community awareness about the availability of free and low-cost health care coverage
  • Connect people to resources, activities and services

Training Program

After an interview process, you will complete an 80-hour training curriculum. The training is facilitated by CHA staff and Community Health Workers, and comprised of workshops, videos and experiential learning. Training topics range from health access and outreach, social influencers of health, system navigation, cultural humility, health assessments and advocacy.

Fun Facts

  • Over 550 VHAs have been trained since 2001.
  • Collectively, VHAs speak over a dozen languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Mandarin, Amharic, and English.

Join the team

We just completed a training, but you can still volunteer with CHA through Volunteer Services. To find out when the next VHA training is and for questions related to the VHA program, please email us.

VHA's Can Come to You

CHA’s Volunteer Health Advisors are often seen at CHA’s community events, such as health fairs, introducing CHA’s health programs and engaging communities in learning about habits that promote wellness. During these events, they provide culturally appropriate educational materials, resources and activities targeted at improving the well-being and health outcomes of local residents.

Health education and health promotion activities are related to the prevention of non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia as well breast and cervical cancer.

Our educational services are available at no cost to non-profit organizations that reach diverse and medically-at-risk adult populations residing in the CHA service area. If you are interested in VHA Program participation in a health education or community event, please complete the VHA Event Request Form at least 3 weeks prior to the planned event.

    Contact Us

  • Katie Teague

    Volunteer Health Advisor Program Coordinator P: 617-806-8714 Email
  • Hugo Rengifo

    VHA Event Coordinator P: 617-591-6755 Email

    Thank you for your interest in the VHA Program

  • Currently, we are not accepting applications, but you can still volunteer with CHA through Volunteer Services. Please email us today!