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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Subject: Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Hawai’i COVID-19 3R Team Updates – April 23, 2021
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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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.
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.
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.
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Monday, February 22, 2021, 9:32:40 AM HST
This Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. on KHON2
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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From: Pono Shim <email@example.com>
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
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
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 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.
By Lynn Kawano | July 30, 2020 at 5:35 PM HST – Updated July 30 at 8:34 PM