Illinois Health Care Workforce Report & Recommendations

(Executive Order 12-10. Web. HCRIC Workgroup on Workforce: Report & Recommendations, pg. 4)

Recommendations 4 thru 8 (of 23) relate to CHWs – including the adoption of the APHA CHW definition:

RECOMMENDATION (4): Adopt the American Public Health Association’s definition of 
Community Health Worker (CHW).

RECOMMENDATION (5): Establish a CHW State Advisory Board at the Illinois Department
of Public Health (IDPH) to assist in the development of training, curriculum and certification
of CHW. Members of the board should include, but not be limited to: CHW (at least 50% plus
one); CHW employers; educators; social services professionals; members of public health
associations; health researchers; and, members of the public.

RECOMMENDATION (6): Support legislative action to formalize and standardize CHW training, curriculum, and certification.

RECOMMENDATION (7): Once developed, provide training through various levels of educational and geographic settings; consider a tiered system of classifications within the CHW field; develop a “grandfathering” protocol for existing CHW ensuring adequate levels of competency; and identify positions for CHW to transition from and into the entire health care system’s career ladder (nursing, physicians, consultants, etc.)

RECOMMENDATION (8): Educate across the spectrum of health professions about the definition and role of CHW; many professions are unclear of the role of CHW and how the ACA supports funding for this group of health care workers.

Bill Status of HB5412  98th General Assembly

House Sponsors: Rep. Robyn Gabel – Elizabeth Hernandez and Emanuel Chris Welch

Hearings: Human Services Committee Hearing Mar 20 2014 8:30 AM  Stratton Building Room 413 Springfield, IL

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the scope of practice for community health workers is a set of core competencies that include skills and areas of knowledge that are essential to bringing about expanded health in diverse communities and to reduce health disparities. Sets forth core competencies for effective community health workers as members of health teams. Provides that within 90 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Director of Public Health shall establish and appoint the Illinois Community Health Worker Advisory Board. Provides that the Board shall propose to the Department leadership the training and certification processes for community health workers and that the Board shall also advise the Department, the Governor, and the General Assembly on all matters that impact the effective work of community health workers. Sets forth provisions concerning Board membership. Provides that the Board shall develop a plan for the certification process of community health workers.


Date Chamber  Action
  2/11/2014 House Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Robyn Gabel
  2/11/2014 House First Reading
  2/11/2014 House Referred to Rules Committee
  2/27/2014 House Assigned to Human Services Committee
  3/5/2014 House Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez
  3/12/2014 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch


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