STATE AND REGIONAL CHW ASSOCIATIONS
The Coastal Resource and Resiliency Center conducts lay health worker trainings in the coastal parishes and counties of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
Our primary goal is to improve overall health outcomes in the target area, especially among disadvantaged and under-served populations.
To accomplish this goal, we train lay health workers to encourage healthy lifestyles and improve health literacy, to promote emergency preparedness and disaster recovery, and to help people identify the resources they need to stay healthy and safe.
Our current activities include:
- The Community Health Worker Training Project, funded by a grant from the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program.
- Volunteer Peer Health Advocate Training, funded by a grant from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.
- Chronic Disease Management Training, funded by a grant from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.
- The Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities, funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.
Arkansas Community Health Worker Association (ARCHWA)
Organizer of 4th Annual Arkansas CHW Summit
ARCHWA is statewide professsional association of community health workers (CHWs) dedicted to advancing, promoting, and supporting the CHW workforce. For more information please contact Jake Coffey at (501) 526-6630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arkansas Community Health Worker Association
107 Professional Plaza
Helena, AR 72342
(501) 526 6630
The ARCHWA is growing and is always welcoming new members—you do not have to be a CHW to join the Association. Visit www.archwa.org for more information and to join, or contact Jake Coffey at JCoffey@uams.edu or (501) 526-6630. ARCHWA’s focus over the next year will be to support CHW pilot projects across the state, the development of formal CHW training programs and assessing the need for a CHW credentialing process.
Kathleen Gilligan, Coordinator, http://azchow.org (520) 705-8861 email@example.com
AzCHOW Workforce Coalition The Arizona Community Health Worker Workforce Coalition is a network of organizations collaborating with the Arizona Community Health Worker Outreach Network (AzCHOW) to support the sustainability of the Arizona CHW workforce. The Coalition is comprised of CHWs, including Promotores de Salud, Community Health Representatives, Community Health Advisors and other related titles, and the University of Arizona, State and Local Health Departments, Community Health Centers, and Area Health Education Centers. In light of today’s changing health care world we believe now is our opportunity to identify the road map to support this vital workforce in Arizona.
Contact: Monica Muñoz firstname.lastname@example.org
Bay Area CHW Network Contact: City College of San Francisco: David Valentine; Tyffani Castellanos; Ron Marshall; Phyllis Lui; Lottie Titus; Joi Kendricks; Jenny Labit
CACHW: Advocating for a California Association of Community Health Workers Building a representative culturally inclusive, professional peer coalition https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9pY1_mzfot9aHhoV1hmZ0JHUEU
California Association of Community Health Workers Our Mission Is to value and promote the Community Health Worker model; the heart of which is the “espíritus de servicio” and to support the career development of all the people in the many different job titles (More than 100…) that comprise the Community Health Worker workforce in California. We believe that the shared lived experience and the cultural and linguistic diversity of the community health worker workforce is ideally suited to:
- understand the importance of the social determinants of health
- build healing relationships, based on mutual respect and trust
- to be part of innovative strategies to address the triple aim of the affordable care act
- Increasing access to care
- Improving quality
- Reducing costs
Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County Contact: Carol West, CHW email@example.com Mobile(707) 481-7965 Office (707) 763-3260 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Community-Health-Workers/254588313994
For more information about the Alliance and youth engagement, please contact Luis Sanchez: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resource Library http://filamchw.org/resource-library/
Phone: 714.542.7792 | Fax: 714. 542.4853
450 W Fourth St Suite 130, Santa Ana, CA 9270
Vision Y Compromiso:Community Health Worker/Promotoras Network Contact: Maria Lemus, Executive Director, (510) 232-7869, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Community Health Worker and Patient Navigator Work Group is a statewide coalition comprised of local and state agencies, advocacy groups, philanthropic organizations and public & private health plan representatives. This group coalesced in an effort to align all of the various patient navigator/community health worker/promotoras groups in our state and identify and develop a sustainable model for this important work.
Within this larger work group, there are three sub-committees:
- Regionalization Sub-committee Andrea Dwyer: email@example.com
- Definitions Sub-committee Andrea Dwyer: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Competencies Sub-committee Linda Burhansstipanov: LindaB@NatAmCancer.net
Andrea Dwyer University of Colorado : email@example.com
REACH-Workers—The Community Health Workers of Tampa Bay Michelle Dublin, Chair, (727) 588-4018, Michelle_Dublin@doh.state.fl.us
Florida Community Health Worker Coalition A statewide partnership dedicated to the support and promotion of the CHW profession in Florida; Susan Fleming at Susan_Fleming@doh.state.fl.us
Coalition Work Groups
The Coalition has five working groups. They are listed below along with their goals.
- Promote the statewide CHW coalition
- Promote recognition of CHWs through branding
- Establish core elements of standards for curriculum
- Establish curriculum review panel
- Establish requirements for certification process/training requirements
- Enlist champions for systems change
- Find your elected officials
- Educate your elected officials about CHWs
- Promote interdisciplinary collaborative research activities that will support the profession Promote continuous outcomes data collection to support the profession of CHW in Florida through creation of common outcome measures
- Provide consistent input based on the practical experience of CHWs to further the goals and objectives of the Florida Community Health Worker Coalition
Georgia Community Health Advisor Network Gail McCray, (404) 752-1645, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago CHW Local Network Leticia Boughton , (312) 878-7015, healthconnectone.org, http://hco.depaulccts.org/
Illinois CHW Advisory Board https://chwnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/call-for-il-chw-adv-brd-members-final.pdf
Contact: Margarita Hart Interim Coordinator of INCHWA 317-697-0065
CHW Bill (HB5412) passed April 10 , 2014 Introduced By Rep. Robyn Gabel
Indiana Community Health Worker Coalition (Inchwc) Email: INcommunityhealth@gmail.com (317) 370-8757
10 CHW Districts Map http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/REGIONAL_CHW_MAP.pdf
Louisiana Community Health Outrhttp://www.in.gov/isdh/files/REGIONAL_CHW_MAP.pdfeach Network (LACHON); Email: email@example.com or call Ashley Wennerstrom at 504 988-4007 or Kristina Gibson at 504-523-6221 ext.172.
MARYLAND Community Outreach Workers Association of Maryland, Inc. Carol Payne (410) 664-6949, firstname.lastname@example.org ;259 W Lanvale Street;Baltimore, MD 21217;Phone: (410) 669-7960
The Latino Health Initiative (LHI) of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services was established in July 2000 with the support of the County Executive and County Council.
Maine Migrant Health Program
9 Green St; P.O. Box 405; Augusta, Maine 04332
t: (207) 622-9252 (800) 351-9634
f: (207) 626-7612
MCHWI is focused on developing the infrastructure to support Community Health Workers (CHWs) as part of Maine’s transformed health care system. CHWs’ “experience-based expertise” is a core strength of this workforce and translates into care that is more patient-centered, culturally-competent and effective (JACM, 2011). Participants will learn more about the MCHWI and its work to strengthen the infrastructure supporting Maine CHWs and to assure sustainability of this emerging workforce. We’ll discuss best practices, policy development and payment reform, and how Maine can position itself to leverage the recent national attention and engagement to strengthen our communities as well as our systems of care. Our presenter is Barbara Ginley, MPH, Project Director of the CHW Initiative at Maine Migrant Health Program.
Category:Health Care, Community Health Workers, SIM Initiative, Maine —
Massachusetts Department of Public Health : Office of Community Health Workers
Contact: Gail Hirsch
Lissette Blondet, MACHW Director
Jackie Toledo*, Director of Leadership Development
Luci Leonard email@example.com (413) 358-5296
Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance, c/o Katie Mitchell, University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106; firstname.lastname@example.org (734) 615-7972
- Governance and Guiding Principles
- Steering Committee
- Steering Committee Membership guidelines http://www.michwa.org/wp-content/uploads/MiCHWA_SC-Membership-Guidelines.pdf
- Comfort Dondo-Dewey, Co-Chair, email@example.com
- Sophia London, Co-Chair, Sophia.London@hcmed.org
- Mailee Nguyen, CHW: firstname.lastname@example.org
MN CHW Peer Network brings Twin Cities CHWs together for learning and continuing education approximately 4-6 times per year. The co-chairs of the Peer Network serve as conveners for the trainings and help the group identify topics for continuing ed. They are busy CHWs who provide leadership to the network on a volunteer basis. Minnesota Community Health Worker Directory The purpose of this directory is to create more networking opportunities for Community Health Workers (CHWs) across the state of Minnesota. This directory is to be used by CHWs and their supervisors to find others around Minnesota doing similar work.
The Minnesota CHW Alliance is a broad-based partnership of CHWs and stakeholder groups who meet monthly and work together to advance the CHW role in the state. The curriculum, scope of practice, workforce development efforts, payment legislation and Day at the Capitol have come out of this group and its predecessor, the MN CHW Policy Council. Contact: Joan Cleary, part-time interim director; email@example.com.
Board of Directors (2016)
As an nonprofit, we are governed by a volunteer, multi-disciplinary board that provides strategic direction, oversight, and stewardship. Our board includes:
Julie Ralston Aoki
Paul V. Targonski
Marie Minh-Hien Tran
Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance Mission: Establish a venue for CHWs to participate in resource sharing and information exchange. Create an opportunity for peer mentoring, support, on-going educational opportunities and a place to advocate for the CHW profession. Education of CHWs:
If you have any other questions about the Alliance or just want to know more, please e-mail Joan Cleary at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to get involved with a specific committee, please e-mail the contact persons listed below:
- Lydia Karch, MPH: email@example.com
Education Committee Co-Chairs
Research Committee Co-Chairs
CHW Supervisor Roundtable Co-Chairs
Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance Goal: Grow and strengthen a vibrant network of diverse CHWs and CHW supporters throughout Michigan Contact : Marta Lugo-Rodriguez; firstname.lastname@example.org ; 313-849-3920 ext 5168
Community Health Advisor Network (CHAN) In 1998, Freedom from Hunger, a California-based organization that addresses issues of hunger and poor nutrition, began the replication and institutionalization of a program to train lay health advisors in several Southern states. They began this effort in 1988 by training lay health advisors in three rural Mississippi communities in an effort to increase access to health care services there, an effort known as the Community Health Advisor Network (CHAN) technical and training assistance from- University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Center for Community Health- now known as the Center for Sustainable Health Outreach “If the problems are in the community, the solutions are in the community.” Mission: Our mission at the Center for Sustainable Health Outreach (CSHO) is to help support the role of community health workers as an essential component of sustainable community wellness. We envision community health workers who are valued as essential, integral, powerful promoters of health, disease prevention, and wellness in their communities. Contact: Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson; Phone: 601.266.6266; Susan.Johnson@usm.edu
The New Jersey CHW Institute supports the development of CHW groups Carol Wolff, (856) 963-2432 ext. 202; wolff_c@Camden-AHEC.org
SB 58 relates to HM 12 which requests the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC) to convene a taskforce to study using community health workers in New Mexico.
NM Community Health Worker Advisory Council: New Mexico, the State Legislature approved the Community Health Worker Act in the recent 30-day Session that concluded in mid-February. Just this past Sunday, it was signed into law by the Governor. The passage of this Act officially designates the continued planning and subsequent implementation of a statewide voluntary CHW Certification Program effective July 2014. The program will be administered through the NM Department of Health, Public Health Division, Office of Community Health Workers in partnership with its statewide advisory group, the New Mexico Community Health Worker Advisory Council. The CHWs and CHRs from across the state deserve a lot of credit for actively advocating on behalf of this bill. Its passage was a major accomplishment and will move the Community Health Worker profession forward here in New Mexico! Contact: Daryl T. Smith, MPH Vice-Chair for the NM Community Health Worker Advisory Council
New Mexico Community Health Workers Association; http://www.nmchwa.com/ Bette Jo Ciesielski, (505) 255-1227, email@example.com
Statewide: Community Health Worker Network of New York State New York City: Community Health Worker Network of NYC http://chwnetwork.org Sergio Matos, Executive Director, (212) 481-7667, firstname.lastname@example.org Romy Rodriguez, Chair, romelia@chwnetworkStatewide: Community Health Worker Network of New York State New York City: Comm.org
Community Health Workers Association of Rochester Glenda Blanco, Chair, (585) 922-3507, email@example.com
Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo Jessica Bauer Walker, Director 104 Maryland Street, Buffalo, NY 14201 (716) 548-6727 firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Exchange: Building Bridges: Community Health Workers as Agents of Change
The Health Promotion & Prevention Research Center (PRC) hosted its first learning exchange, “Building Bridges: Community Health Workers as Agents of Change”. Sergio Matos, the Executive Director of the Community Health Worker (CHW) Network of NYC, moderated the session. Drs. Padmini Balagopal, Miyong Kim, and Ranjita Misra, all experts in implementing CHW programs, spoke about their work, CHW training, and the challenges and successes they have experienced. Rico Foz, Mamnunul Haq, and Henry Soliveres, CHWs from NYU’s AsPIRE and DREAM programs, spoke about their personal experiences serving their community. Please download and watch the learning exchange.
Ohio Community Health Workers Association http://www.med.wright.edu/CHC/programs/ochwa.html Becky Hartman, President Columbus, Ohio 43215-0484 Phone: (855) GO-OCHWA (466-2492) E-mail: email@example.com
Oregon Community Health Workers Association (ORCHWA) Lizzie Fussell, Coordinator (971) 295-3124 firstname.lastname@example.org ;on Facebook: Facebook Myriam Vazquez, Chair, Education& Training: email@example.com Ty Schwoeffermann, Chair – Policy & Advocacy: Tyschw@ulpdx.org Rocio Munoz, Chair- Resource & Development: Rocio.Munoz@co.benton.or.us Julio Maldonado, Chair – Communications: firstname.lastname@example.org Abdiasis Mohamen, Chair – Membership: email@example.com
Noelle Wiggins, Principal Investigator
NEON is collaborating with the Community Capacitation Center of Multnomah County to provide the training using a proven curriculum that has been approved by Portland State University for 800 level college credit.
Current CHW training participants will be eligible for state certification as Community Health Workers. Community Health Worker Training, please contact Pepper McColgan at: 541-398-1720 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Health Worker Association of Rhode Island Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chwari401 Beth Lamarre, Coordinator, (401) 270-0101, ext 149 email@example.com
DFW Community Health Worker Association
PO Box 232
Arlington, TX 76004
Website: coming soon
Contact Person: Denise Adame
Denise Adame, MPH, CPH, CHWI
University of TEXAS Arlington
Division for Enterprise Development
Health Careers Institute
140 W. Mitchell Street
Arlington, TX 76010
(O) 817.272.0209, (F) 817.272.0064
South Texas Promotora Association Merida Escobar, President/CEO, (956) 383-5393, firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Texas Community Health Worker Resource Coalition Mission: Promoting a unified alliance among Community Health Workers and Community Health Worker Instructors to share and gain knowledge through Information Exchange, Peer-Support, Professional Development and Continuing Education in the North Texas Region. Contact: Claudia Busto, (806) 765-2611 Ext. 1024, email@example.com.
East Texas AHEC: Community Health Workers http://chwtexas.org/ Linking Neighbors to Better Health
National Día de la Mujer Latina Promotores Network ; Venus Ginés, M.A. P/CHWI PH: (713) 798-5715; Toll-Free: (877) 518-8889
Rose Garza, PHD, RN, CCHWI
P:(830)278-6251 ext. 1428
1025 Garner Field Road · Uvalde, TX 78801
Promoting the healing of those we serve by providing compassionate, high-quality healthcare.
You can reach a Community Health Worker at (830) 278-6251 ext. 1452, 1453, 1454, or 1309.
Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW)Mission Statement MACHW is a statewide network of community health workers (CHWs) from all disciplines. We were founded in March 2000 to enable CHWs to lead the movement to organize, define and strengthen the profession of community health work.
- Strengthen the professional identity of community health workers (CHWs);
- Foster leadership among CHWs; and
- Promote the integration of CHWs into the health care, public health and human service workforce
Maine Community Health Worker Initiative Contact: Barbara Ginley email: firstname.lastname@example.org Maine Migrant Health Program (MMHP), in partnership with the Maine CDC and MCD Public Health, is excited to announce that we will be developing a statewide Community Health Worker (CHW) program. This initiative is funded by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) as part of the State Innovation Model (SIM) project. It will build on our expertise and long-term commitment to working with CHWs and Promotoras. We look forward to involving a broad base of Maine’s vulnerable communities in this project by providing them with the tools and skills to interact with our healthcare system as more than just patients. MMHP’s Board of Directors and staff view the SIM project as an extension of our core commitment to health equity by directly engaging the communities we serve as our partner in the delivery of care. This opportunity will allow MMHP to cultivate new roles for the organization as the healthcare environment evolves under the Affordable Care Act.
Barbara Ginley will transition within MMHP to the new role of CHW Project Director. Over the next several months, MMHP’s Board of Directors, along with an interim director (TBA), will guide the transition of leadership within the organization. For more information about the CHW project and/or this transition please contact Barbara Ginley at email@example.com.
NATIONAL CHW ASSOCIATIONS
American Public Health Association CHW Section Mae-Gilene Begay
National Association of Community Health Representatives Ramona Dillard, CHR/CHWD,firstname.lastname@example.org, Pueblo of Laguna, Laguna, N.M.; (505) 552-6652
Community Health Representatives (CHR) Area Associations Oklahoma Area Association of Community Health Representatives (OAACHR) c/o Cyndi Gilks, President, Muscogee (Creek) Nation CHR Program Phone: (918) 623-1925 Email: Cyndi.email@example.com
New Mexico/Southern Colorado CHR Association (NMSCCHRA) Alk’inibaa’ Mermejo, President Phone: (505) 660-8627 or (505) 455-4115 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Aberdeen Area Community Health Representatives Association (AACHRA) John Eagle Shield, President; (701) 854-3856; firstname.lastname@example.org
Indian Health Service:The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives Tribally contracted Community Health Representatives since 1968 Community Health Representative Program; Indian Health Service Headquarters 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 300; Rockville, MD 20852 301-443-2589 (office); 301-642-6634 (cell); 301-594-6213 (fax) Contact: Cath yStueckemann, JD, MPA; Public Health Advisor/National Director Cathy.Stueckemann@ihs.gov