The San Francisco Community Health Academy, or Academy for short, is a collective of various San Francisco-based community health education programs. Below, you will find information about each of the programs that helps form the Academy collective.
The Academy also offers a unique training program with a core curriculum aimed towards developing transferable public health skills through a racial equity lens. The Academy’s training program is a free health education program that is offered in Spanish and English and designed for community health workers and promotorxs de salud. The Academy training program centers the intersections of health disparities with a core curriculum focused on health equity. Academy facilitators come from various organizations across San Francisco, including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, San Francisco Community Health Center, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Visit our calendar to find out about upcoming events. Sign up for the Academy newsletter to stay updated on Academy community programming.
Programs of the Academy
The Community Health Leadership Initiative (CHLI) provides free training and mentorship for people who are interested in starting a career in the sexual health or substance use field. We also provide opportunities for experienced workers to mentor the future workforce.
The Frontline Organizing Group Mentor Program (FMP) is a program of CHLI. FMP is designed to build the capacity of HIV frontline workers to best support their clients by stimulating professional relationships in support of cross-agency collaboration and investing in workers’ professional development and career growth.
Please visit the CHLI homepage to learn how to get involved with CHLI and FMP. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please reach out to Katie Faulkner, CHLI Director, at email@example.com.
The Harm Reduction Training Institute, a collaboration between the Harm Reduction Coalition and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH), provides monthly harm reduction trainings to DPH and DPH-funded agency staff. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available from The Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI). For more information, visit HRTI’s homepage.
The STI/HIV/HCV Skills Certification Training is a five day community-building and learning experience. Throughout the week, learners will engage in rich conversations, share educational moments, participate in interactive activities, observe and perform role plays, and practice hands-on experiences that will provide them with:
- Health information pertinent to supporting clients making informed choices regarding their STI/HIV/HCV prevention/transmission concerns
- Basic counseling skills to assist in creating a therapeutic environment to hear client stories with a new perspective
- Technical skills to prepare to collect blood through a fingerstick and be able to run and interpret results for specific Hep-C and HIV rapid tests
For more information on the training, please visit our homepage.