The Minnesota CHW Alliance is launching a registry this Fall 2020!
Minnesota is a recognized leader in CHW field-building with a scope of practice, model competency-based curriculum leading to a certificate, and Minnesota Health Care Program payment for specific CHW services. However, CHWs are still new to many Minnesota health and human services agencies, and the field faces challenges related to awareness, recognition, and integration into team-based models. Stronger connections between CHWs, healthcare and public health systems, payers, policy-makers, community-based organizations, employers, and other allies are needed to sustain innovation and maximize potential to help address Minnesota’s persistent health inequities. A statewide CHW registry, created and operated by the Alliance as a voluntary listing of Minnesota CHWs, will provide a strong foundation for strengthening the CHW field, helping to support community building among CHWs and agencies across sectors and geographic locations.
By having a registry of CHWs in Minnesota, the Alliance is able to be a better partner to CHWs; employers; researchers; state and local governments, policymakers, and payers; community-based organizations; and communities impacted by health inequities. The registry not only cultivates an opportunity for CHWs to increase communication but also can be a resource for stakeholders to have a better view of what the workforce looks like in Minnesota. The ultimate aim of improving the workforce in this way is to continue to better serve the different communities that are systematically affected by health and social inequities.