NACHW JOINS NATIONAL COVID-19 NETWORK TO BUILD RESILIENCE AGAINST PANDEMIC AND PARTNERS WITH KA’U RURAL HEALTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC.

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  For media inquiries, contact:
  National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW)
  Aurora Grant Wingate
  NACHW NCRN Coordinator
  agrantwingate@hria.org

NACHW JOINS NATIONAL COVID-19 NETWORK TO BUILD RESILIENCE AGAINST PANDEMIC AND PARTNERS WITH KA’U RURAL HEALTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC.
Nearly 40 national partner organizations band together to bring communities culturally appropriate information and health services.

The National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) has joined the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)’s National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) of partners to inform community-driven response, recovery, and resiliency strategies for addressing the impact of COVID-19 on communities.

In response to the needs of communities most impacted by COVID-19, NACHW has partnered with Morehouse to integrate the qualities, roles and expertise of Community Health Workers (CHWs, including Promotoras de Salud and Community Health Representatives) to improve the cultural humility and appropriateness of community engagement, education, data collection and information dissemination strategies with communities that experience physical and social vulnerabilities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. NACHW has been awarded a contract from Morehouse to recruit, hire and support eleven CHW Liaisons who share trusting relationships, lived experience, culture, language and geography with specific priority communities in the NCRN initiative. Liaisons will develop and cultivate partnerships with individuals and organizations in these geographic areas, as they support six national goals in the NCRN initiative.

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One of the organizations NACHW has partnered is Ka’u Rural Health Community Association, Inc. Jessanie “Auntie Jessie” Marques, a lifelong CHW and Executive Director of Ka’u Rural Health Community Association, has signed on to support NACHW’s partnership with NCRN as a NACHW COVID-19 Community Engagement Liaison.

 

“Our partnership with Morehouse provides a unique opportunity for NACHW to amplify CHWs as equity leaders, community partners and skilled providers who can increase access to COVID-19 education, testing, contact tracing, health and psychosocial services and vaccines for communities who experience historic and systemic barriers,” says NACHW Executive Director, Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN.

The launch of the NCRN occurs alongside the release of new digital technology accessible through the NCRN website. It provides location-based recommendations on where community members can get a COVID-19 test, fill prescriptions and get a COVID-19 vaccine when distribution increases in the coming months.

“Our national network connects individuals, families, community organizations and clinical providers to timely and relevant COVID-19 information and services in their neighborhood,” says Dominic Mack, MD, MBA, Professor of Family Medicine and Co-Director of the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network in the National Center for Primary Care at MSM.

The NCRN launch follows a $40 million award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health to coordinate a strategic network focused on delivering COVID-19-related information to communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

To access new COVID-19 resources, visit www.msm.edu/ncrn.


About the National Association of Community Health Workers

The National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) strives to unify the voices of the community health workers and strengthen the profession’s capacity to promote healthy communities through our six key values of self-empowerment, self-determination, social justice and equity, unity, integrity, and dignity and respect. Community Health Workers (CHWs), also known as promotoras de salud, Community Health Representatives, Outreach Specialist, Peers, etc, are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables CHWs to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. CHWs also build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy. Visit our website to learn more and to join our membership.

About Morehouse School of Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine, located in Atlanta, GA, exists to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities; increase the diversity of the health professional and scientific workforce; and address primary health care through programs in education, research, and service, with emphasis on people of color and the underserved urban and rural populations in Georgia, the nation, and the world. MSM is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians and has twice been recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for its dedication to the social mission of education. The faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care. Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctorate and master’s degrees.

Status of SB858 Relating to Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Testimonies

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Aloha KRHCAI Board & Members;

Mahalo for all who provided testimony in support of SB858 Relating to CHWs for your reference. Please note amendments to SB858: deleted certification and reimbursements; supported establishing a Task Force.

Attached is full Health Committee report on Hearing and its referral to Ways and Means (WAM) and Consumer Protection (CPN) committees. Phone: (808)974-4000 x 66090.

1. The next step is contact Sen. Donovan DelaCruz WAM Chair office to request a hearing on SB858. This is where it is critical for as many to call Sen. Dela Cruz office and request a hearing ASAP, so a hearing date/time can be placed on the calendar.

2. Review SB858 with Amendments (SSCR498), then prepare testimony in support of SB858 / SSCR498. I can assist in preparing testimony if anyone would like to submit. Legislative turn around time is 72hrs. when Hearing is posted that we have to submit testimony.

3. If you have never submitted testimony, please note that you must first register at Hawaii State Legislature website.

Please let me know what your thoughts are on SB 858: SSCR498.

Mahalo
Stacyn Sakuma <cas61315@gmail.com>
Monday, February 22, 2021, 9:32:40 AM HST


COMMUNITY MAHALO !

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On behalf of Ka’u Rural Health Community Association, Inc. board of directors and I, words cannot express what an honor and pleasure it is to be a part of Kau’s FINEST Network of Community Resources and volunteers, i.e. Bay Clinic Inc. , Ka’u Hospital & Rural Health Clinic, Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi, Hawaii County Mayor Roth’s Administration, Civil Defense, Parks & Recreation, Ka’u Police Dept., DOH/Hawaii District Health Office, Hilo Medical Center, and Coordinated Services. We especially thank the Kupuna, caregivers and families for your commitment “To Do What It Takes To Keep Ka’u Healthy” . We look forward to seeing everyone at the next Covid 19 Vaccine Clinic!

Kupuna came from Oceanview, Naalehu, Pahala and Volcano. Comments included “all the staff, volunteers and vendors were respectful kind, courteous, patient, friendly, sincere and professional”. Everyone said they looking to return for the next Covid 19 Vaccine and will share their positive experience with friends, family, neighbors and community.
Warmest Mahalo Nui Loa,
Auntie Jessie

Spread JOY, not COVID-19

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Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Hawai’i COVID-19 3R Team Updates – November 20, 2020

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The Hawaii Department of Health updates Race data each Friday at 12:00 PM.
Note: No Race (Ethnicity) Data for 24% of all confirmed cases.

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HAWAI’I COVID-19 CLUSTER REPORT – 11/12/2020
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Source: Hawai’i Data Collaborative
Updated as of November 16, 2020
Child Care Stimulus Grant Program in Hawai’i
In-Language Reopening Strategy Documents
VARIOUS SOCIAL SUPPORT SERVICES
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The Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Hawai’i COVID-19 Response, Recovery & Reslilience Team (NHPI 3R) was established in May 2020, in alignment with the national NHPI Response Team, to improve the collection and reporting of accurate data, identify and lend support to initiatives across the Hawaiian Islands working to address COVID-19 among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and unify to establish a presence in the decision-making processes and policies that impact our communities.  More than 40 agencies, organizations and departments comprise this NHPI 3R Team.

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Watch the show! Enjoy the 1-hour program on KHON2, hosted by Tannya Joaquin and John Veneri. “Peace for Everyone” is a virtual fundraiser to make up for 2020 fundraising cancelled due to COVID-19. It’s a special evening of learning, sharing and healing.

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Aloha Connects Innovation (ACI)

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From: Pono Shim <pshim@oedb.biz>
Date: September 20, 2020 at 10:30:10 AM HST

Aloha mai kakou,  

For the past 3 months we (Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii, skilled consultants, and program designer Omar Sultan) have been working on a program to work with the State of Hawaii to use Cares Act Funding to assist displaced workers or individuals who have been significantly affected financially by COVID 19. This past week with the signing of the contract the Governor issued the Press Release with the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism.  

The State’s program funding will help 350 participants to be placed in Host Companies who have the ability and need to host, train, and support a couple of participants in their organizations thru a paid internship thru December 15th. We know that we cannot help the thousands of individuals suffering thru the pandemic and that there are more businesses that would like to participate then we can onboard. However, we strongly recommend and hope that you will register as either a “Participant” or “Host Company” (if you can support a couple of interns and are aligned with the objectives/compliance of the program).  

Please visit www.edahawaii.org and click on Aloha Connects Innovation “learn more” tab. When you enter the page please select either Participant or Host Company based on your interest and review the information. When you get to the bottom of the page you can select “learn more” to be a Participant (you can register there) or if you’re desiring to be a Host Company you can select “register”. We should be following up with you within the week.  

To reiterate we know we cannot assist all (including companies who would like to Host participants) in being placed in ACI but please don’t be discouraged. If more funding is released thru Congress and subsequently our local Government we believe that we have designed infrastructure for more funding to be invested to help more people discover new career opportunities and skills for their future thru ACI.  

To that point we would love the opportunity to train/prepare displaced workers to position themselves for these types of opportunities regardless if they get placed or not. In a partnership with Microsoft and my Higher Skills Academy training we have opened up training that we begin every 2 weeks for free. We also know that thru these trainings we are opening relationships with ourselves with the hope that these relationships can be helpful to your future. If this is of value to you please register here:

Friday, October 2, 2020 10:00 AM Hawaii – Higher Skills Academy
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqf-GhpjgpE9AyISQQ8hakSCr4YqU2-gLG

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.   Another free training (thru the end of the 2020 year) you can immediately register thru the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation website https://www.htdc.org/workforce-recovery-initiative-by-coursera/ for over 3800 courses thru the Coursera online learning platform.  

If the menu options are too vast and you don’t know where to begin or choose and would like assistance in considering career opportunities and what pathway you might consider we are hosting a free “Choosing a Path” webinar on September 28 at noon please register here:

Monday, September 28, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Hawaii –
“Choosing a Path” Webinar
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsdeqqpz4oH9zFR5PZobyQXJd5umUeaSl9

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please feel free to share this message with others.  

Mahalo nui loa,
Pono  
Pono Shim Oahu Economic Development Board

 Additional Higher Skills Academy registration dates will be posted on the OEDB websiteat www.oedb.biz as the information becomes available.