December 2019 MNCHWA Community Health Worker Spotlight: Hilda Sanchez-Herrera

Hilda Sanchez-Herrera
Minnesota Community Health Worker Certificate Holder
Sanford Health

What do you do as a CHW?

I help patients navigate the health system, fill out insurance forms, interpret and translate as needed. Network with other CHWs.

What has been your favorite part of being a CHW?

Promoting the CHW Profession. Sharing my passion for helping people in the public sector. Working with and learning from my classmates at various events.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I participated in two marathons in 2017 and my goal is to do another one. I also completed the 2019 CHW Leadership Cohort and joined the National Association of CHWs earlier this year.

Success Story

A mother with a special needs child needed help understanding some of her child’s needs. After a few minutes of conversation, we were able to get her the right resources for both mom and child before they left the facility. Mom was grateful for the information and the providers were thankful for the intervention.

Free Webinar Series: Health Disparities – Community Health Workers’ Resources

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trusted, knowledgeable frontline public health workers who typically come from the communities they serve. The American Diabetes Association’s Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes highlights the importance of CHWs in diabetes prevention and management, especially among underserved communities.  This webinar will focus on integrating CHWs into the public health care workforce as a strategy for increasing health equity and access and improving population health, while decreasing costs.

Register

Webinar # 1 – Wednesday, December 11, 2019 – 1:00 PM ET
Community Health Workers (CHWs): Strong Evidence-base for Embracing CHWs into the Public Health and Healthcare Workforce

CE Credits Available: 1.0

Speakers
Durrell Fox, BS, CHW, National Association of Community Health Workers 
Betsy Rodriguez, BSN, MSN, CDE, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Learning Objectives

• Summarize the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommendations for interventions engaging community health workers can be used to improve health outcomes and prevent disease and increase health equity.
• Explain the roles and competencies that CHWs can play in diabetes management and type 2 diabetes prevention.
• Discuss action steps that webinar participants can take to capture the contributions of CHWs in their individual settings.

Webinar # 2 – February 2020
Diabetes 101: Resources for Community Health Workers
More information coming soon

Webinar # 3 – March 2020
What Health Care Professionals Need to Know About Addressing Diabetes & Food Insecurity: Resources for Communities in Need
More information coming soon

October 2019 MNCHWA Community Health Worker Spotlight: Joy Rivera

Joy Rivera, Cancer Training

What do you do as a CHW?

My CHW experience has been in both promoting and organizing cancer training in my Indigenous community both locally and nationally. I presently volunteer at health fairs and vendor for the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance and speak on panels. 

What has been your favorite part of being a CHW?

I love being in the community interacting with people. When I’m in the community it is always a two-way conversation for me: the community speaks and I learn from them, and they in return learn from the preventive information I provide them as a professional informed CHW. 

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I used to be a mathematics teacher and I taught grades 7-12 for 20 years. It’s funny, I was never smart in math and self-taught myself using the math books from back in the day that had the answers in the very back, but I never cheated! Instead, I challenged myself and found I really enjoyed teaching math. I also taught math in the prison system.

Impactful CHW Story

One success story that happened to me this past year was when I had an information table in the tribal clinic up north and I was doing colon cancer mock stool tests. When the clinic day was over the Clinic Director commented to me that she had never seen so many patients stay to listen to what I had to offer. She said the patients usually don’t stay.

Contact Joy

Joy Rivera
joysnipe@gmail.com

Nasra Budul headshot

September 2019 MNCHWA Community Health Worker Spotlight: Nasra Budul

Nasra Budul, Community Health Worker, Ready Set Smile

What do you do as a CHW?

As a CHW I work with children without access to dental health care receive preventive dental exams and oral health education to build healthy habits ie. brushing, eating less sugary foods/drink with respect to their overall health.

What is your favorite part about becoming a CHW?

One thing I loved about becoming a CHW is definitely serving a community in which I can relate and am apart of as a Somali CHW. I work with Somali families to break down the barriers surrounding health in general. Often times our community is skeptical of Doctors/Dentists and it has been rewarding to be able to be someone they can build trust with in order to receive the services they need to improve their overall health and well-being.

What is most people don’t know about you?

Most people don’t know that as a teenager I was apart of the very first project the Minnesota Historical Society did about the immigration of Somali Families to Minnesota. The project was also about the Somali culture as well. We eventually produced and starred in two documentaries and held a premiere at the Historical Society. It truly was a great experience!

Impactful CHW Story

As I continue to grow in my career as a CHW I can think back on many rewarding moments with the population of students we serve. Often times the children we see at the school dental clinics have urgent dental needs. We contact their parents to help them connect with dental clinics that are able to see the child in the community. It has also been amazing to work with the Somali community to help them understand oral health is important and to provide education on building healthy eating habits as well.

Contact Nasra

Nasra Budul
612-731-6118 Office
651-434-5553 Cell

LaTanya Black named as new Executive Director

LaTanya Black headshotDear Partners, Stakeholders, and Friends of the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance:

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am excited to announce a new chapter in the work of the Alliance: Effective September 15, LaTanya Black will serve as our new Executive Director.  LaTanya has worked in the health care sector for over 25 years and has a breadth of experience in effectively developing, operating, and promoting community engagement strategies and programs. She is a community health worker certificate holder with experience as a CHW, CHW supervisor, and owner of Compassionate Care Services. In addition, Ms. Black is a seasoned public speaker and presenter who is passionate about raising awareness around the essential contributions of community health workers.

Ms. Black has been actively involved with the Alliance for over four years and has come to know our organization well, attending local and national conferences and training and serving as the Alliance’s Community Engagement Specialist and Board Vice-chair. We look forward to a bright future with Ms. Black’s leadership, building on the solid foundation created by Ms. Joan Cleary and Ms. Anne Ganey and offer them our profound thanks for their leadership and dedication.

Secondly, I wish to share with you that the Alliance has entered into a shared services and co-location agreement with Stratis Health. The Alliance office and future trainings  will now be located at 2901 Metro Drive, Suite 400- Bloomington 55425. This agreement allows for joint programming and future collaboration opportunities.

I am excited about the future of the Alliance and greatly look forward to working with Ms. Black in her new role as our Executive Director. 

On behalf of our Board, thank you for all you do in support of the MN Community Health Worker Alliance. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Cathy Weik Signature

 

 

Cathy Weik, Chair
Board of Directors
Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance
Email: cweik@stratishealth.org  Cell: 952-853-8519