NACHW Newsletter – August 04, 2021

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Coming Together in Unity

We are so thankful for this community! Our annual meeting and Unity conference was a huge success full of fellowship, community, and learning. We say thank you to our sponsors for their generous contribution of dollars and gifts, our incredible speakers in presenting excellent content, and our registrants and attendees in amplifying our message and providing continued feedback on the future of our workforce.

We also wish congratulations to our newest board members, elected by our members during our annual meeting.

  • Teresa Campos
  • Amber Culver
  • Lillie Fox
  • Ricardo Garay
  • Kim Jay
  • Lily Lee
  • Paige Menking

Hope & Care Awards Recipients

On day two of our Unity Conference, NACHW recognized exemplary efforts by CHWs through our first annual Hope & Care Awards. As Community Health Workers, we’re doing hard work on the frontlines in our communities, serving as trusted advocates for empowerment and social justice. Nominated by their peers, these four CHWs are just a few members of the workforce putting in work every single day. Congratulations.

  • Karla Alvarado – Care in COVID Award: Honoring CHWs who went above and beyond for COVID-related community support during the pandemic
  • Briauna Wills – Hope in Healthcare Award: Honoring CHWs demonstrating exemplary work towards achieving health equity
  • Yehemy Zavala – Equity & Justice Visionary Award: Honoring CHWs who made strides in the advancement of racial equity and social justice
  • Jessanie Marques – Lifetime Achievement Award: Honoring long-time career professionals (20+ years) and the impacts they have made on their community

Our Members Matter

New Member Access

Throughout the registration for our Annual Meeting and Unity Conference, some people purchased new membership with registration through our nachwunity.org website. For those new members, please keep an eye out for an email from NACHW with information on how to set up a member profile and access the member portal at www.nachw.org. This will come through in the coming days.

Thank you for becoming a member!

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Translating Lived Experience to Becoming a CHW

The National Association of Community Health Workers has launched a new initiative with funding from the Johnson and Johnson foundation to build national professional identity, policy leadership and organizational capacity for CHWs and CHW Networks. In this third installment in our webinar series, we explore the career pipeline from lived experience to becoming a CHW. In this webinar, Mikayla Trujillo, CPSW/CHW will share her personal journey of overcoming adversity including mental health, substance use, and incarceration that ultimately lead to her becoming a CHW in her community and a Program Coordinator at the University of New Mexico under a prison Hepatitis C elimination program.  Mikayla is proud to be advocating for the many previously incarcerated persons seeking a valuable role as a CHW in their communities.

Date: THURSDAY, August 5, 2021
Time: 5:30 – 6:30pm EST

REGISTER HERE

Pilot Project: NACHW Learning Collaboratives

NACHW is starting a pilot program of Learning Collaboratives where CHWs from across the country come together for meetings around a certain focus area. These Learning Collaboratives will be a space to share resources, tactics, create points of advocacy, and develop CHW leadership in the focus area. The top four groups with the most votes will become our first Learning Collaboratives with first meetings taking place in the fall.  This program will be only for CHWs (including promotores, CHRs, outreach workers, etc) and specifically CHW NACHW members.

Take the Survey HERE

NACHW Partners the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the American Heart Association, CHWs, and Organizations in 8 States to Disseminate the Know Diabetes by Heart (KDBH) Presentation

The National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) has partnered with the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association to disseminate the Know Diabetes by Heart (KDBH) Presentation in 8 states.

The presentation is a new program designed by the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association to educate, prevent, and mitigate the impact of diabetes on communities with disproportionate rates. The presentation is roughly 30 minutes long and includes connections to other materials and opportunities, such as the ADA’s Living With Type 2 Diabetes Program which is a free, 12-month program that provides information and support to people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The program began on June 1st and will run through January 31, 2022. Email Aurora, agrantwingate@hria.org, to get connected to a presentation.

Vaccine Equity Cooperative Launches Online Resource Hub for Community Workforces to Increase Vaccine Access and Awareness

This week, the Vaccine Equity Cooperative, a collaboration of national and local community health-focused organizations, launched a new online resource hub to support community-based workforces (like community health workers, navigators, and Promotores de Salud) as they work to increase COVID-19 vaccine access and readiness across the U.S. Check out the hub at www.vaccineequitycooperative.org

Founded by Health Leads, National Association of Community Health Workers, CONVINCE USA, Partners in Health and Native Ways Federation, the Cooperative is committed to increasing access to trusted health resources, expanding funding to community-based organizations, and strengthening policy in support of community-based and public health workforces now and into the future. Thanks for sharing this resource with your networks and colleagues.

Resources and Opportunities

Successful Supervision with Community Health Workers (CHW)


This workshop serves as a standard resource for increasing the capacity of CHW Supervisors to support the effectiveness of the CHWs on their team. The Workshop content focus on key topics areas identified and prioritized by CHW Supervisors and informed by insights from subject matter experts in community health, education, and related fields.

Drawing from the professional literature and the CHW Supervisor experience, the workshop employs a culturally responsive, systems-thinking approach to challenges confronting CHW Supervisors. It aims to build the capacity of Supervisors to provide more responsive and informed supervision for the CHWs on their team. Workshop participants will learn about available resources and apply practical tools designed to improve supervisory practices.

ACCESS CURRICULUM HERE 

MCD Public Health: CHWs in Their Own Words – COVID-19 Vaccines

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MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

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Saturday, August 14, 2021 Pahala Community Center 8:00am – 4:00pm

Experts warn unvaccinated are greatest threat to pandemic recovery

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Experts warn unvaccinated are greatest threat to pandemic recovery
Experts are warning that the greatest threat to the pandemic recovery in the United States are the large swaths of Americans that remain unvaccinated.

Over the past few weeks, the U.S. has seen a surge of coronavirus cases across the country in the wake of the highly infectious delta variant. The new strain has particularly wreaked havoc in states with low vaccination rates.

Read the full story here

Photos: June 19 Oceanview VAX clinic

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June 19, 2021

Oceanview Hawaii COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Native Hawaiian Vaccine Toolkit

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Big Island Drinks Smart (BIDS)

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Big Island Drink Smart is a National Science Foundation funded pilot project to plan for a larger Integrative Research Grant application…

Know Diabetes by Heart

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PRESS RELEASE

For media inquiries, contact:
National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW)

Aurora GrantWingate
NACHW NCRN Coordinator
agrantwingate@hria.org

NACHW Partners the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the American Heart Association, CHWs, and Organizations in 8 States to Disseminate the Know Diabetes by Heart (KDBH) Presentation

Know Diabetes by Heart is a presentation designed by the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association to educate, prevent, and mitigate the impact of diabetes.

The National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) has partnered with the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, CHWs, and Organizations in 8 states to disseminate the Know Diabetes by Heart (KDBH) Presentation. One of the organizations NACHW has partnered with is Ka’u Rural Health Community Association, Inc (KRHCAI) to bring the presentation to their community in Kahala, HI. The presentation is a new program designed by the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association to educate, prevent, and mitigate the impact of diabetes on communities with disproportionate rates. The presentation is roughly 30 minutes long and includes connections to other materials and opportunities, such as the ADA’s Living With Type 2 Diabetes Program which is a free, 12-month program that provides information and support to people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This project will be headed by Jessanie “Auntie Jessie” Marques, Executive Director of KRHCAI. The program began on June 1st and will run through January 31, 2022.

Auntie Jessie and KRHCAI also partners with NACHW as one of NACHW’s COVID-19 Community Engagement Liaisons representing Hawai’i in support of MSM’s National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN).

“Ka’u Rural Health Community Association, Inc has been a valued partner in our work on mitigating the impact of COVID and I look forward to deepening our connection and partnership over the course of this program to educate and prevent diabetes” says NACHW Executive Director, Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN.

For more information about Know Diabetes by Heart please visit their website or contact Aurora GrantWingate at agrantwingate@hria.org.

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 Kaʻu Rural Health Community Association, Inc.

Kaʻu Rural Health Community Association, Inc. (KRHCAI) is a community-based membership 501 (c) 3 tax exempt non-profit charitable organization which evolved as a direct result of a community “grassroots” coalition to preserve access to quality healthcare in rural communities. In 1998, the “grassroots” coalition was successful in keeping Kaʻu hospital’s 24-hour emergency room services open. The coalition formally established KRHCAI as a community-based membership organization and received its 501 (c)3 status in November, 1998.

Our purpose is to support and promote community empowerment, capacity building, collaborative partnerships and a healthy community by focusing on Health, Education, Research Opportunities and Economic Sustainability (HEROES).