2019 UNITY CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS – CHW Central – “Nothing About Us Without Us!” – Working in difficult environments with limited resources, the CHWs at the Unity Conference showed deep engagement and dedication to the work they do, actively seeking resources to do it better. They exuded a strong confidence, knowing that the work they do on the frontlines is of critical importance to the clients they serve. Their perspective, pride and passion were evident in their willingness to combine hard-core public health discussions with sessions on self-care and intermissions of song and dance. One client at a time, they are bringing the world closer to the goal of achieving health for all.


Community Health Workers, Unlocking the door to healthier communities

April 14-17, 2019 at the Flamingo Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas.   Early registration for Unity Conference ends December 28, 2018! https://unityconf.org/19/


Unity Conference 2019: The 20th Anniversary of the National Conference For and About Community Health Workers

Press Release:Community Health Workers – Unlocking the Door to Healthier Communities

The Department of Public Health with assistance from the Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, supported by the Boston University Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health, MHP Salud, and Community Resources LLC, announces Unity Conference 2019: The 20th Anniversary of the National Conference For and About Community Health Workers.  Unity 2019 will be held at the Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel and Casino on April 14-17, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Unity 2019 is a national conference designed for and about community health workers, community health representatives, and promotores.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Community Health Workers: Unlocking the Door to Healthier Communities.”

Unity 2019 will address the role community health workers play in creating access to care, reducing care costs, and promoting healthy and happy communities.  The conference will stress the importance of community health workers reducing health disparities; promoting social justice; shaping policy and practice; return on investment; and methods of overcoming barriers to CHW program success.

In addition, the official launch of the National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) will take place during the Unity 2019 Conference. NACHW’s mission is to unify the voices of community health workers and strengthen the profession’s capacity to promote healthy communities. The organization has been under development for over two years, and Unity 2019 will provide the opportunity for CHWs from across the country to join as founding members. Unity 2019 will include plenary, breakout, poster, skill-building, and roundtable workshop sessions.  Community health workers are strongly encouraged to attend.  The conference is an opportunity for community health workers to share knowledge, information, and expertise with other community health workers, colleagues, and policy makers.  Please go to https://unityconf.org/19/ to view the call for conference abstracts.  The call for conference abstracts closes on October 22, 2018, and organizers are actively seeking innovative and engaging presentations. For more information on the call for abstracts, please contact Devin Bellman at (228) 214-3301 or via email at devin.bellman@usm.eduFor more information on the conference, please visit our website https://unityconf.org/19/ to register, submit an abstract, or learn more about the conference.  The preliminary conference program is attached.  For any questions about Unity 2019, contact Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson at (601) 266-6266 or susan.johnson@usm.edu.

The Flamingo Las Vegas hotel is an all-in-one casino and resort offering a tropical wildlife habitat, Caribbean-style water playgrounds, and select rooms with fabulous views of the 550-foot-tall High Roller. It is located at the center of the Strip and adjacent to The LINQ and High Roller.  Recognized all over the world, the famous Las Vegas Strip is a place where individuals can enjoy a walk in the warm desert evening or take a stroll downtown and view dazzling light shows that span entire streets.  Las Vegas tourism offers top quality entertainment, including headliner shows and concerts, attractions, shopping and world-renowned resorts.  Be sure to mark your calendars now to join us in Las Vegas for Unity 2019.

Self determination

Self determination has been the theme & drum beat of CHW led movements
Kujichagulia – To Define Ourselves, Name Ourselves, Create for Ourselves and Speak for Ourselves (Unity 2016)