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

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

 

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AUGUST 2019 MNCHWA Community Health Worker Spotlight

Maile (My-Lee) Vang

Community Health Worker-Program Assistant, Minnesota Community Care

What do you do as a CHW?

What I do as a community health worker is a work to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the people I serve in the community. Most notably, I focus on outreach, education, counseling, and social support to help out the community, and by boosting the communication between the health care facilities in the area identifying the different health-related issues that exist.

I get to assist in developing tools, strategies, and resources that can help with those problems. Therefore, I coordinate and partner with community agencies and health experts in the area to improve the health and well-being of a community. Helping families understand and improve their access to insurance, food, health care, and even housing stability.

What has been your favorite part of being a CHW?

My favorite part of being a community health worker has got to conducting health and social services outreach. I like to meet new people in community and community agencies. I love to strike up a conversation to learn about how much the people in the community get involved and currently hear what other agencies are doing to bring a positive impact. To me, that’s the beginning of a great day already because at the end of the day. I get to take back smiles, laughter, information, resources, and friendship.

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

I love watching horror movies! Yes, I get scared too, and sometimes I tend to overdo it, but for some reason, I like a good scare. Whether its broad daylight or taking a lunch break, you might catch me watching a scary movie.  

IMPACTFUL CHW WORK

I have had the honor to work and volunteer with the Hmong Health Care Professional Coalition (HHCPC) during the past year to talk about Influenza immunization. One of the most concerns with families is getting their children flu shots for the cold season. I encounter a Karen family trying to get flu shots, but they have many doubts about it because a family relative has passed away from it. I was prepared for situations like this to happen, so I had to sit the family down and speak to them about things that can be helpful if the family was vaccinated.

I provided visuals of families getting vaccinated and before/after to see how they look and feel. I showed the family myself getting a flu shot from the nurses because they take excellent care of patients. I explained that influenza could be prevented by washing hands when coughing or sneezing. Towards not to share too many things when someone else is sick or not feeling well. I gave the family apowerpoint translated into Karen along with brochures and visuals of how the parents can teach the children how to prevent influenza.

The family even saw other families coming in and out getting the flu shot. Sadly, I wasn’t able to win the family over. The family couldn’t make a decision and left with the information about a week later, I had another flu vaccination event I attended. I was helping families fill out paperwork and educating on what the vaccine does. I turned around and saw the Karen family sitting at the tables and filling out the forms. I walked up to them just talking, letting them know how glad I am to see them. I was also happy that they understand how important it is to get the flu vaccination. I went over to see the information with them again and sat there to make them feel comfortable knowing that this is a welcoming environment. In the end, the family received their flu shot, and I continued assisting families in getting their flu shots.

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