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Developing common evaluation measures to sustain community health worker programs

APHA 2016 Denver

Developing common evaluation measures to sustain community health worker programs…



Community health workers (CHWs) have contributed to improving health status and outcomes in the United States for decades. CHW programs, however, continue to lack sustainable financing and are limited by a lack of consistent evaluation. Peer-reviewed literature reveals excellent outcome data from CHW interventions, but few tools or measures exist that capture the unique contribution of CHWs to individual- and community-level changes in health status or outcomes. Further, much evaluation data is health issue-specific, limiting the portability of evaluation results across programs, especially as CHWs are increasingly recognized for their contributions in addressing social determinants of health. In order to solidify gains and meet the needs of the field for systematic evaluation, it is necessary to develop common process and outcome indicators to measure the success of CHW programs.

Input and perspective is needed from experts on the ground, first and foremost, Community Health Workers. In this workshop, participants will work with national leaders to review results from a national summit on common indicators development. Participants will then have the opportunity to contribute to the national conversation through facilitated dialogue and brainstorming. Individuals with interest or experience in community health worker program documentation, evaluation, or research are encouraged to attend and share their expertise.



DATE AND TIME:  Sat, October 29, 2016        1:00 PM – 5:00 PM MDT

Colorado Convention Center
Room 103/105
Denver, CO 80202


Relationships / Networking/  Linkages

Face to face communication

Electronic Health Records

Health Literacy

Social Media





Welkin Health:  Welkin Health’s mission is to leverage the power of human relationships to help people living with chronic disease become happier and healthier.  Press Release: Sept 29 2016

Addressing Depression and Disease Distress in Patients with Diabetes in FQHCs: The EPiC-4DM Project

Addressing Depression and Disease Distress in Patients with Diabetes in FQHCs: The EPiC-4DM Project

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 2:00PM EST

Join this CE accredited webinar!

Diabetes distress (DD) refers to the often hidden emotional burdens, stresses, and worries that are part of managing a demanding, progressive, chronic disease like diabetes. DD is a critical, yet often neglected component of comprehensive diabetes care. It is imperative, therefore, that providers who care for patients already experiencing disparities must have high clinical suspicion of DD and be equipped to screen and manage. Please join the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine and the Metro Community Provider Network as they discuss evidence-based approaches to intervention for DD in primary care settings and share lessons learned in the EPiC-4DM Project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe Diabetes Distress and its effects on patients with disparities;
  • Discuss overlap and distinctions between distress and depression, and evidence-based approaches to intervention in primary care settings;
  • Distinguish various screening tools and appropriate use of screening tools in the FQHC setting; and
  •  Explore the EPiC-4DM project implementation story.


Florida Health Innovators: Community Health and Outreach

COMMUNITY HEALTH & OUTREACH: ACCESSIBILITY OF HEALTHCARE SERIES PART TWOFor the second event in our 3-part Accessibility of Healthcare Series, Health Innovators is shining a light on some of the amazing Community Health & Outreach programs we have here in Orlando.

We will be joined by Lisa Martel, Women’s Veteran Program Manager at the Orlando VA, and by Marni Stahlman, President & CEO of Shepherd’s Hope, the largest free clinic in the state.

Marni Stahlman is raised in Winter Park. She is married to her husband Paul, and is mother to her 5 year old daughter Lily Mae.  She holds a B.S. in Psychology, a dual M.S. in Counseling and Psychology and Ph.D., ABD in Psychology.  Her immediate family of six nieces and nephews, along with mother Dr. Jacquie Berger, brother Jeffrey Berger and sister Samantha Goodowens all also reside in Winter Park.

Marni comes to Shepherd’s Hope as the former Senior Director of Operations at United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida.  Prior to joining UCP, Marni functioned in executive leadership positions with and for businesses in the healthcare sector, specializing in:

  • Strategic Planning & Alliance Development
  • New Business & Fund Development
  • Organizational Methodology
  • Systems Integration
  • Personnel Management
  • Clinical Outcomes
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Information Technologies

She currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Educational Facilities Authority for Orange County Government, Chairwoman of the Disability Advisory Board for Orange County Government, is a member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the Ninth Circuit and was a Florida Supreme Court appointee to the Florida Bar’s Citizen’s Forum from 2008-2012. In 1997, the Orlando Business Journal selected Marni, at the age of only 33, as one of the city’s “40 Under 40.”

Shepherd’s Hope – Longwood Health Center

600 N. US Highway 17-92
Fairmont Plaza Suite 124
Longwood, FL 32750

(407) 876-6699

Lisa Martel​



Village-Connect INC- Life Coaching 

By Gaylon Logan, CEO, Village-Connect Inc.

Village-Connect’s (VC) mission is to build the capacity of people to become more self-aware and self-directed resulting in sustainable positive transformation. VC employs an innovative life-coaching model, Culture Based Transformative Coaching (CBTC), a model that employs motivational interviewing and aggressive outreach/engagement to expose a support system which may not be recognized by the client. CBTC is rooted in developing cultural and communal awareness as a means of making personal transformation more sustainable, relevant, and promising, and integrates the success of coaching with an understanding of the importance of culture, identity, and community peer networking. – See more

Planning for Outreach Program Implementation

Planning for Outreach Program Implementation
Presented by Health Outreach Partners

Implementing a comprehensive outreach program requires structure that allows all members of the team to understand their roles and responsibilities. Programmatic work plans outline how an outreach team will complete their work by describing exactly what the program hopes to accomplish and the specific steps to do so. Policies and protocols establish important guidelines for carrying out outreach activities and outline specific processes that support implementation. In this webinar, participants will learn how to develop a work plan for their outreach program. Participants will also gain the tools to develop policies and protocols for their program. This webinar builds on planning components introduced in the previous webinar entitled Establishing anOutreach Program Vision and Monitoring Progress.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify and describe the components of a work plan and create one for their own program.
  • Participants will be able to use the tools presented to develop their own policies and protocols.
  • Participants will understand how all of the components of planning work together to support the implementation of a comprehensive outreach program.


Date May 18, 2016 | 2:00pm-3:00pm EST


DHCS Health Homes Program State Plan Amendment and Final Concept Paper

DHCS Health Homes Program State Plan Amendment and Final Concept Paper

Health Homes is an optional Medicaid benefit that will coordinate access to medical and behavioral health services, and long-term services and support, and provide linkages to community social supports.

On March 28, 2016, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) submitted an initial HHP State Plan Amendment (SPA) to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to implement the HHP in California, with the first HHP implementation beginning in eleven counties in January 2017.  The SPA is available for review on DHCS’ website at the following web link Health Homes Program State Plan Amendment – March 2016.


In addition to the SPA, the updated concept paper of our design for the HHP is available for review at the following web link Health Homes for Patients with Complex Needs California Concept Paper – Final.


For more information on the HHP, visit the Health Homes Program website.

Do State Community Health Worker Laws Align with Best Available Evidence?

Original Paper    Journal of Community Health    April 2016, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 315-325    First online: 11 October 2015
Do State Community Health Worker Laws Align with Best Available Evidence?
Colleen Barbero1 • Siobhan Gilchrist2 • Jamie F. Chriqui3 • Molly A. Martin3 • Ashley Wennerstrom4 • Jennifer VanderVeur1 • Kim Prewitt5 • J. Nell Brownstein1