2020 MNCHWA Conference
May 15, 2020
About the Speakers
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.