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2020 MNCHWA Conference

May 15 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm



Early Bird Registration Ends March 27!

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About the Conference


The Annual Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance Statewide Conference brings together community health workers, supervisors, educators, providers, payers, policy makers and many others from across the state for a day of learning, exchange, networking and charting action on next-stage work.


May 15, 2020 | 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Crown Plaza Minneapolis West



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About the Speakers

Sergio Matos

Sergio Matos has been a community health worker for over 25 years and has worked to help communities organize around issues of environmental and social justice; worked with families in crisis intervention for violence, suicide, hunger, chronic disease management and housing issues and has trained others to help families identify the root causes of their condition and develop strategies to improve their well-being.

Sergio is the founder of the National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) – the first national association of CHWs that works to unite CHW voices on issues relevant to the CHW practice, including social justice, equity and self-determination.

Sergio is a cofounder and executive director of the Community Health Worker Network of NYC – a professional association of CHWs that works to advance the CHW workforce while preserving the integrity of the practice through research, education and advocacy. The Network has trained over 4000 CHWs throughout the US and the Caribbean.  

Sergio is a past chair of the Community Health Worker Section of the American Public Health Association, where he developed a national platform that promotes standards for the practice and the integration of CHWs into health and social systems with recognition, dignity and respect.  In this capacity, Sergio led a campaign that developed a national CHW definition and secured a unique standard occupational classification (SOC # 21-1094) for CHWs. 

Sergio serves on the NYS governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team.

Sergio has trained and helped establish CHW programs in Washington, DC, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Georgia, and New York in addition to eight independent nations, including the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas and five member nations of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

Sergio recently co-authored a book with Dr. Sally Findley titled, “Bridging the Gap – How Community Health Worker Improve the Health of Immigrants”, published by Oxford University Press.

Sergio was recently honored with the “Champion of Public Health” award from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health. CUNY is the nation’s leading urban university with 25 urban campuses.

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., M.S.

Kimberlydawn WisdomSenior Vice President
Community Health & Equity
Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer
Henry Ford Health System
Member, Advisory Committee on Minority Health

Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom has been a board-certified emergency medicine physician for 30 years and chair of the Gail and Lois Warden Endowment on Multicultural Health. In 2003, Governor Granholm appointed her the Nation’s first state-level surgeon general.

In 2012, President Obama appointed Dr. Wisdom to serve on the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. She focuses on health care equity, infant mortality/maternal and child health, chronic disease, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating habits, and tobacco use.

Dr. Wisdom provides strong leadership in diversity, population health, and improvement of the health of those disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes. She founded the award-winning program African American Initiative for Male Health Improvement and the Women‑Inspired Neighborhood Network: Detroit to reduce infant mortality. As Michigan Surgeon General, Dr. Wisdom founded the nationally known Generation With Promise program, a youth leadership empowerment, nutrition education and physical activity promotion effort now housed at Henry Ford.

Under Dr. Wisdom’s leadership, the health system has received numerous awards for its equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts, including the American Hospital Association Equity of Care Award in 2015 and has ranked in the top 10 for DiversityInc’s Top Hospitals and Health Systems for a decade. Most recently, Secretary Azar appointed her to the Advisory Committee on Minority Health. Recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Wisdom has authored many peer-reviewed publications; appeared on national television, including ABC’s Nightline; and has presented to audiences across the country and internationally.


May 15
7:30 am - 5:00 pm


MN CHW Alliance


Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West
3131 Campus Drive
Plymouth, MN 55441 United States
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