September is HERE!!!That means it’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s month for Hawai‘i Island! In addition to our Walk, check out the Alzheimer’s Association’s programs going on this month as well as some COVID-19-related resources. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about our care and support programs or the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Online Education Programs and Support Groups
Attached is our team’s schedule of Online Education Programs for this month. These programs are all via Zoom and require registration. We can also bring our programs to specific organizations or groups, so please reach out to me if this is something you may be interested in. We also continue to provide Online Support Groups for caregivers of persons living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. If you are interested in attending our Hawai‘i Island caregiver group, please let me know.
2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s
With the safety of our Hawai‘i Island community in mind, our Hilo Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee has decided to make this year’s Walk a “Walk wherever you are” event. We will be displaying a Walk Flower Promise Garden in town and connecting with participants through our social media platforms on September 18. There’s still time to join the fight to #ENDALZ by starting or joining a Walk team for ourHawaii Island walk. More information will be out soon, so stay tuned!
COVID-19, Alzheimer’s and Dementia
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy as the surges in COVID-19 on Hawai‘i Island continue–especially those of us who are caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. I wanted to remind everyone about the Alzheimer’s Association’s COVID-19, Alzheimer’s and Dementia resource website. Click here to learn more.
Also, a big mahalo to our partners at Community First Hawai‘i for letting me share a little of my family’s personal caregiving experiences in this pandemic with my 96-year-old Nana who is living with dementia. You can check it out in last Sunday’s Hawaii Tribune Herald.
Nicolas K. Los Baños
Hawai‘i Island Regional Coordinator | Alzheimer’s Association, Aloha Chapter | direct (phone/text): 808.518.6649 | firstname.lastname@example.org | alz.org/hawaii | Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900
SMP Hawaii (Senior Medicare Patrol), has published the September edition of Kukui Gram. Read about Grandparent Scams and their calendar of events that are open to the public.
SMP Hawaii’s mission is to help Kupuna PREVENT, DETECT, and REPORT MEDICARE Fraud and Abuse.
KRH Clinic on Aug 28, 2021 administered 104 Vaccines (previous count was 86), Queens’ NHCH Tested 66 people (previous count was 50).
We’ve been having great turn out for these events and we’re glad that more people are taking advantage of this opportunity.
View the recording from 25-AUG-2021 here: https://cablecast.naleo.tv/CablecastPublicSite/show/8522?channel=1
Community Health Workers united nationally to support communities in achieving health, equity and social justice.
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
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, email@example.com, 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.
MCD Public Health: CHWs in Their Own Words – COVID-19 Vaccines
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