February Executive Director Message

February Greetings to You!
 
The Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance (MNCHWA) is off to a great start for 2020 by working with our partners on some exciting initiatives!  In this issue, we are featuring several partnerships for your information, as well as information about ways you can be involved with the Alliance.  As always, please contact me to learn more or get involved.  
 
Fueling Growth with Partnerships
Our partnership with the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition will prepare Community Health Workers (CHWs) to serve as Infant Feeding Advisors by offering CHW training in breastfeeding support and infant feeding.  
 
Together with Dr. LaPrincess C. Brewer, Assistant Professor at Mayo College of Medicine and a preventive cardiologist in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mayo Clinic, MNCHWA is partnering on the Fostering African-American Improvement in Total Health (FAITH!) program. The project objective is to refine the FAITH! app, an existing culturally-tailored smartphone application, and test its feasibility as a tool to deliver health education and self-management support to African American patients with uncontrolled hypertension with the help of Community Health Workers.
 
Rural Focus
The Alliance is also working in collaborations to enhance rural partnerships and bring awareness to the great work of Minnesota’s rural CHWs. We are proud to announce that leadership development program graduate Hilda Sanchez-Herrera from the Sioux Falls area will be one of our many champions leading this work. I’m also excited to announce that we will add rural sections to our newsletter and website highlighting the great work and accomplishments of the CHWs as well as current and future rural projects.
 
Seeking Collaborations
We continue to look for additional ways to collaborate with other entities and are interested in the following:

  • Supporting the training needs of CHWs for chronic diseases, such as dental disease and aging
  • Supporting CHW professional development and recruitment through training workshops
  • Convening skills-building discussion groups at the state level

 
Strengthening Ties Through Our Annual Conference on May 15th
I’d like to recognize and thank sponsors of the Alliance’s 2020 Annual Conference. We appreciate the support of the Medica Foundation, American Heart Association, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. It is not too late to become a sponsor!  Please contact me for information.  Be sure to save the date to attend—May 15th—and check out conference details on our website at http://mnchwalliance.org/  
 
Applications to CHW Leadership Development Institute due Feb 7th
 I encourage all interested Minnesota CHWs to learn about our 2020 CHW Leadership Development Institute.  Applications are due Feb 7th.   See the article in this e-newsletter for more information about this outstanding opportunity and or click here the application link.  CHW leadership is key to the future of our field!
 
Best regards,

LaTanya

LaTanya Black
Executive Director
Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance
latanya.black@mnchwalliance.org
651-500-9058

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