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Public Health's Community Health Advocates (CHAs) are valuable in helping to promote safe seafood consumption in their communities. Currently, Public Health is working with the Cambodian, Latino and Vietnamese CHA groups, representing some of the fishing communities that are most likely to eat contaminated seafood from the Duwamish River (as identified in EPA's LDW Fisher Study).

Find out more about each CHA team, their digital stories, and a schedule of their upcoming events below.

View our teams in action

About the CHA training model

US EPA's Duwamish Seafood Consumption Institutional Controls Program Community Health Advocate Training Curriculum, version 2 (PDF, 36 Mb)

Based on the Community Health Worker/Promotor Model (see video at right), where peer health workers reach out to communities that historically face barriers to accessing resources and services, Public Health's training builds on the CHAs' strengths, cultural expertise and self-empowerment, while increasing their capacity (knowledge and skills) to promote healthy seafood consumption actions in their communities.

Role of the Community Health Advocate

  • Lead community outreach efforts, such as living room chats, community kitchen cooking demos, boat tours, youth group discussions, and backyard gatherings.

  • Work with Public Health to co-design culturally appropriate health promotion and outreach tools.

  • Provide recommendations to agency and program decision-makers, such as at EPA's Healthy Seafood Consumption Consortium and Public Health's Community Steering Committee for this Program.

Find out about an upcoming outreach event in your area

Are you a fisher? Do you eat fish or shellfish that are locally-caught by a family or friend? Come to an event to learn more what you can do to protect your family's health.