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Great Lakes RHEC Announces the Region V Community Health Worker Summit

posted Sep 8, 2015, 10:41 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:55 PM ]
Community Health Worker (CHW) leaders throughout the Great Lakes region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH and WI) have collaborated to convene regional CHWs and stakeholders at the first Region V Great Lakes CHW Summit on October 30-31. This two day event will foster multi-sectorial and interdisciplinary synergy by disseminating best practice models impacting the CHW workforce and educating CHW and our allies on how to advocate for and develop policies conducive to the profession. The goal of the CHW Summit is to increase knowledge about the value of CHW programs and how to effectively integrate CHWs into the healthcare and social services delivery systems.

Are you a Community Health Worker (CHW) Stakeholder or CHW? Do you represent a community or faith-based organization, health care provider, academic institution, health insurance provider, foundation, government agency, CHW organization, or CHW vendor? Then join us for the first day, October 30, to learn more about how Community Health Workers are crucial for a thriving health system.

Community Health Workers: be sure to join us on the second day, October 31, as we share the discussions from the first day and explore the best practices and strategies to increase the presence of CHWs in our region. We will share conversations from the first day and explore the best practices and strategies to increase the presence of CHWs in our region. This includes conversations on training and certification, advocacy, policy development, workforce development, supervision, and leadership. We will also discuss actions that all CHWs can take after the Summit.

This Summit will take place in two locations:
October 30, 2015, 8:00 am – 5:30 on - US Department of Health and Human Services Region V – Chicago Regional Office, 233 North Michigan Ave, 13th Floor
October 31, 2015, 9:00 am – 5:00pm - National Louis University, 122 S Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor Atrium, Reception to follow from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

Summit presenters include:
  • Dr. Sarah Redding (OH) and Bob Harnach (IN) of Care Coordination Systems (CCS). CCS is an innovative company that focuses on building all of the tools and training needed for a community to implement the Pathways Community HUB Model. They will discuss the Community HUB model and their experience creating the Community Health Access Program and CHW models in Ohio. This discussion will include care coordination, training and funding models. 
  • Kiara Bembry, BSPH, MAOL-candidate, is the CHW Program Coordinator for Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana, Inc. This presentation will introduce Indiana’s model for the training and certification of CHWs and Certified Recovery Specialists. Information about the application process, training components, testing requirements and certification maintenance associated with this model will be included. A snapshot of Indiana’s workforce will be shared as well as ways to calculate the value of the workforce to clinical practice. 
  • Allison Vidal-Jones, MA, is a Program Director for MHP Salud. There, she’s developed a training recognition program, Pasaporte de Promotor(a) de Salud. Core competencies covered throughout the modules: how adult education methodologies are incorporated to create a more dynamic learning environment and the role of the training recognition program within the context of state certification and standardization. Additionally, we will highlight the value of training supervisors of Promotores(as)/CHWs and MHP Salud’s approach to developing the skills needed to be an effective and supportive manager. 
  • Jeff Waddy, MCHW, DrPH(c), is the Dean of Allied Health & Career Programs at South Suburban College. He will present an academic CHW training program which allows students to earn CHW certificates (basic or advanced) and/or an CHW associate degree. Core competencies and program curricula will be discussed. 

There will be additional panel discussions, including several Region V administrators (including SAMHSA & the Office of Minority Health) as well as training and funding. Also included in the Summit are facilitated conversations with subject matter/content experts in several areas such as education and certification, workforce development, interdisciplinary practice, sustainability and policy.

To register for the Region V CHW Summit, please visit:

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