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CHW~LINK  8.4.2014

Community Health Workers and Advancing Health Equity Webinar

TOMORROW August 5, 2014 1-2:30 p.m. ET Register

Community Health Workers: Part of the Solution for Advancing Health Equity

The New England Regional Health Equity Council and ASTHO are hosting a webinar Community Health Workers (CHWs): Part of the Solution for Advancing Health Equity; Perspectives and Initiatives from Region 1, which will discuss key partnerships and collaborations between CHWs, allies, and other stakeholders as we continue to build a regional network to facilitate sharing of CHW workforce promising practices and policy development. Speakers will discuss the history and evolution of regional collaboration on CHWs in New England; highlight the experience of one state’s involvement in building support and policy for CHWs, and recommendations on how to build regional networks elsewhere.

W. Curtis Marshall; Public Health Educator-Senior ;Division of Public Health;Southeast Regional Office;414-659-0516

Governor Quinn Signs Law to Expand Health and Wellness Services in Communities Across Illinois -New Steps Will Help Expand Access and Quality of Healthcare FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  July 31, 2014

http://www3.illinois.gov/PressReleases/ShowPressRelease.cfm?SubjectID=2&RecNum=12466

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law to expand health and wellness services in communities throughout Illinois. The law provides certification standards for community health workers to help bridge a vital link between healthcare providers and the unique needs of Illinois’ communities. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health of the people of Illinois.

“Community health workers are trusted frontline public health professionals who have a close understanding of their communities’ needs,” Governor Quinn said. “This new law recognizes the vital role these professionals play in the health care system, and helps ensure the best possible delivery and quality of services in neighborhoods across our state.”

“With more people now able to access healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, if workforce shortages are not addressed, it could limit access to services and quality healthcare for all Illinoisans,” Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck said. “Illinois is already experiencing workforce shortages with many safety net and rural health providers being challenged to deliver adequate care for those in their communities. Community health workers can help fill this void, connect people to services and higher-level health providers, which can ultimately increase the health of the state.”

House Bill 5412, sponsored by State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) and State Senator David Koehler (D-Peoria), defines “community health worker” and creates the Illinois Community Health Worker Advisory Board to recommend certification requirements for these healthcare professionals to ensure quality care for Illinois’ residents. This 15-member volunteer board comprised of current community health workers, physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals will recommend rules to standardize the criteria and process to become a certified community health worker. These workers do not provide any direct care or treatment that requires a license, but can be invaluable for linking specific health and wellness services to residents of individual communities.

The legislation was recommended in the Illinois Alliance for Health Innovation Plan in January. The Alliance was a state-led group of health policy leaders, providers, insurers and stakeholders assembled by the administration of Governor Quinn. The plan recognized the important contribution community health workers make to our healthcare system and recommended the legislation to ensure these workers all meet the same standards to provide the best services to Illinois residents. The law is effective immediately.

“This new law will help people in the community by creating a path for these workers to become respected members of the healthcare team,” Representative Gabel said. “Their role is critical because they help implement the patient’s healthcare plan, and help patients better understand their conditions to achieve a path of good health.”

“Community health workers have become an increasingly important part of our healthcare system,” Senator Koehler said. “It will help both the people working in these important jobs and the public to give community health workers legal recognition and to establish training requirements.”

Governor Quinn is committed to helping to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare in Illinois, especially those in underserved communities.

In May Governor Quinn announced a $14.5 million investment to build and renovate community health centers to help meet the healthcare demand in underserved communities throughout Illinois. A total of $30.5 million in funding from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! program has been distributed since 2011 to community health centers. These centers fill a void by providing care for those whom other providers often do not serve, including the low income, uninsured or homeless; or those with HIV/AIDS, substance abuse problems or special medical needs.

The Governor also signed The Community Health Center Construction Act in 2009 to provide funding to repair outdated buildings, convert vacant commercial space, build new health center facilities and purchase new equipment for additional healthcare services.

Noticias en Español (PDF)

Vision y Compromiso Octava Conferencia para Promotores en el Norte de CA

Save the date Conferencia del Norte de CA_2014-2_000002 (1) Aparte la fecha 20 de Septiembre

Urban Institute series of papers on community health workers under the ACA   www.urban.org/careworks

Harvard Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Community Health Worker Credentialing- State Approaches
Peyton Miller, Taylor Bates, and Amy Katzen 6/16/2014
http://www.chlpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/CHW-Credentialing-Paper.pdf

How Medicaid Preventive Services, Medicaid Health Homes, and State Innovation Models are Including Community Health Workers
Amy Katzen and Maggie Morgan5/30/2014
http://www.chlpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/ACA-Opportunities-for-CHWsFINAL.pdf


CHW~LINK 7.21.2014

APHA CHW Section ACTION ALERT:  Still time to participate!

We are launching a national campaign to ask the U.S. Department of Laborto adopt the American Public Health Association definition of community health workers (CHWs) that was created by CHWs and their supporters from all over the country.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. Write a quick letter, using our template at http://www.apha.org/membergroups/sections/aphasections/chw/. You can write on behalf of your agency, your CHW association, or simply as an individual. Feel free to adapt the letter as you see fit! It should not take long.

2. Submit your letter to soc@BLS.gov by July 21st with the subject “2018 SOC” and let us know you sent it!

3. Pass this information along to other CHWs and supporters!

 

Vision Y Compromiso Call for abstracts

“La Esencia Del Promotor En El Nuevo Milenio” 4-6 de diciembre 2014, Los Ángeles, CA;  12 a conferencia anual de promotores y trabajadores comunitarios ¿está interesado en compartir su experiencia y conocimientos?

2014_Call_for_Conference_Proposals_ENGLISH_ PROTECTED.docx

2014_Call_for_Conference_Proposals_SPANISH_Protected.doc 

Community Health Workers as community communicators -Three Webinars from Rethink Health

Ella Auchincloss is the director of Rethink Health, a dynamic way to improve communication about health and redirect people toward positive action.  We are hoping these sessions which have planned with the CHW in mind will be useful.  Scott Thorpe, the other speaker, just completed a year as a supervisor of a program involving CHW’s in Baltimore.

Here are the registration pages for the upcoming webinars:

Public Narrative: https://cc.callinfo.com/r/1rcpnq9wi7svr&eom

Relationships: https://cc.callinfo.com/r/1ofpzhf2zvcd6&eom

Team Structure: https://cc.callinfo.com/r/1fiy5fruj8ro3&eom

Barbara Levin, MPH, MD;Medical Director, Population Health Center Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care; 423-337-1147 

Community Health Workers working as patient navigators– this video is important to view as we look at the national discussion about the definition of a CHW and how we are being integrated and recognized in many different roles -patient navigation being one of many.

The video Changing Outcomes from the Massachusetts Department of Public Heath’s Patient Navigation Training program has a new video that shows what navigators do beautifully. It’s an excellent health education tool.

Changing Outcomes from micah on Vimeo.http://vimeo.com/94305418