Webinar Series: Implementing a Pathways Hub

Meet our Summer Intern!

Cameron Bright
Our public policy committee welcomes Cameron Bright to the Alliance this summer.

After graduating from the University of California-Berkeley with a B.A. in psychology, Cameron Bright worked in forensic psychology, counseling individuals charged with a crime but found incompetent to stand trial. “I saw the disparities that exist within the criminal justice system,” Cameron says. “It got me interested in public health.” Cameron is pursuing his master’s at the U of M’s School of Public Health with a focus on Community Health Promotion.

Cameron’s work with the Alliance will include a literature review of other states’ models of CHW certification, facilitating a focus group of CHWs, and identifying model practices for CHW certification. Cameron notes the correlation between his master’s work and the role of CHWs. “CHWs are an important resource for a lot of organizations,” he says. “They have a real impact on public health and reducing health disparities. I think looking at mass incarceration through a public health lens will be beneficial in the public policy work I want to do.”

Save the Date: Rural Minnesota Community Health Worker Conference

Support for CHWs and employers in rural areas & beyond

Friday September 28, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hampton Inn & Suites
Bemidji 1019 Paul Bunyan Dr SE
Bemidji, MN 56601

  • $25 Registration until Sept. 6
  • $35 Registration begins Sept. 7
  • Registration includes lunch
  • NCHEC will issue CHES Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours. $25 for CEU certificate

Learn more at www.ntcmn.edu/news

If you need an accommodation for this event, please contact the Disability Services Office (Decker 202) at 218-755-3883. If an interpreter is needed, two weeks’ notice is requested. A member of the Colleges and Universities of Minnesota State, Northwest Technical College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.

A Note from the Board Chair

June 13, 2018

Dear Partners, Stakeholders, and Friends of the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance:

We are recently back from our statewide conference, “New Horizons in Community Health” attended by 200 of our colleagues from across Minnesota. The day-long conference brought us together for learning and networking, enabled us to recognize CHW leaders, and come together to envision the next stage of our work together.

I write to share organizational updates with you following our announcement in March of Joan Cleary’s retirement. We continue to move through a series of transitions as we position ourselves for the next exciting chapter for the Alliance. Moving through a leadership transition brings with it an opportunity for the organization to step back and assess where it has been and where it wishes to go. There have already been some early learnings and discoveries for us, most notably that it takes a team to manage the programmatic work as well as the organizational and structural work.

First, on behalf of the Board, I wish to thank Anne Ganey, MPH who initially stepped into the role of Executive Director. Anne is a vital member of our team and we greatly value all that she brings to carrying out our mission. Anne is moving into the role of subject matter expert and consultant. In addition, Joan Cleary remains with the Alliance as a senior advisor and continues to assist with specific projects. As noted in our March announcement, LaTanya Black, a CHW Certificate holder with experience as a CHW, CHW supervisor, and small business owner, will continue to serve in an outreach and advocacy role. We are grateful to Anne, Joan, and LaTanya for their vast wealth of expertise and deep knowledge.

Further, we have hired an interim management firm, Strategic Consulting & Coaching (www.strategic- cc.com), to provide executive leadership and support and strengthening our bandwidth to work on critical programmatic issues. Renae Oswald Anderson is serving as our interim executive director and is supported by Strategic Consulting & Coaching’s team of highly experienced professionals.

As we move through this time of transition, we have identified three primary areas of focus for the Alliance:

  • Education and training for CHWs and those organizations that employ CHWs
  • Advancing the field
  • Continuing policy support in the areas of health access and equity, workforce diversity, and the Triple Aim through federal, state, local, and institutional policy change

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, Chair
Board of Directors
Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance
cweik@stratishealth.org
952-853-8519

Health Care Home Issue Brief

In a first-ever study of HCH team composition, the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance and University of Minnesota joined in a community-university research partnership to identify barriers and facilitators to CHW integration. This research fills a gap in understanding drivers of HCH team structure and composition. In view of Minnesota’s head-start in primary care transformation based on 2008 health reform legislation, lessons learned from this state’s experience can help inform implementation of team-based models elsewhere in the U.S. Building on study findings and other key factors, recommended action steps offer pathways to bring the benefits of CHW integration to more HCH patients and teams.

Click here to view the brief.

Oral Health Road Map

According to the Minnesota Oral Health Plan and the American Dental Association, the state faces major oral health disparities. Impoverished children and adults, people of color, immigrants and refugees, and many elders lack access to high-quality, affordable and culturally-competent oral care and suffer frequent, serious dental problems.

Part of the solution to addressing these challenges and advancing health equity in Minnesota is integration of Community Health Workers (CHWs) into the oral health care system.

Click here to view the road map.

The Alliance Introduces New Resource for Providers

With growing interest among providers in CHW strategies, the CHW role is still underutilized in many healthcare settings.  To help pediatric asthma and mental health providers learn about and adopt team-based CHW strategies, the Alliance has undertaken a multi-faceted educational initiative called Success with CHWs.  Funding for Success with CHWs was provided by The Saint Paul Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces for Quality initiative. To learn more, visit our websites designed specifically for pediatric asthma providers and mental health providers.