CHW opportunities blog post

Opportunities for CHWs with the Alliance

Many CHWs have asked about professional development opportunities. We have many with the Alliance for CHWs and others willing to volunteer. They make great additions to your resume and may even point your career in a specific direction. All of them provide creative and leadership opportunities and great experience. Here are some of the opportunities:

  • The Registry Committee is a place to learn about, support and promote the Minnesota CHW Registry and gain leading edge experience. The Minnesota Registry is one of a very few in the country.
  • A related Registry Communications Committee needs members to continue to reach people about the registry. Learn about communications, create short videos, present on the registry, and more. Be part of moving the CHW field forward.
  • The Alliance could benefit from a fundraising committee. If someone would like experience in this area, here is a great opportunity to lead a committee and work with others. 
  • The Legislative Committee will need people to help with planning, organizing, reaching out to legislators and testifying before legislative committees about policies related to health equity. For CHWS considering going into elected office someday, (and I hope that is many of you!) this is great experience.
  • The Education committee works with CHW faculty at the schools offering the CHW Certificate Program to constantly update it. CHW perspectives are valued in this process. 
  • We sometimes need a CHW to assist in facilitating a presentation or group, give a CHW perspective, serve on panels, plan the conference and more. We don’t always know when these requests are coming up and we’ll contact you when they do.

So you see, there is much here that can help you build skills and gain experience while working with colleagues. Much of our work is done through zoom so you can do it wherever you are. If one of these interests you, please let me know at atganey@gmail.com .

 

2021 Alliance Call Header

Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance Statewide Meeting May 11th

Where have CHWs Been, Where are CHWs Going and How Can Organizations Be Ready for Them?
 
Please join us on zoom for a statewide meeting May 11th from noon to 3 p.m. featuring a presentation and opportunity to engage with Dr. Chidinma Ibe, John’s Hopkins Medical School and CHW Ashlee Harris from Penn Center for CHW.
 
The meeting will start with reports on work from Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance Committees and CHW updates from around the state.
 
After our featured presentation, Where have CHWs Been, Where are CHWs Going and How Can Organizations Be Ready for Them? interested individuals may stay for two breakout groups.
 
A CHW Circle, facilitated by Angela Fields will include Ashlee Harris as a guest for cross state discussion on CHWs. Dr. Chidinma Ibe will join the CHW Supervisor Roundtable, facilitated by Tara Nelson, CHW and CHW Supervisor, to continue discussion and questions inspired by the presentation.
 
The Alliance is grateful for funding to support this event from the Medica Foundation.

 
Click here to register for the May Meeting.

 

Click the link below for the event flyer and more details! 

2021 May Alliance Call Flyer PDF

April CHW Circle Registration Link

WellShare is hosting a panel on Community Health Workers and COVID-19: Vaccinations and Resources Panel

Thursday, April 8th, 3:00-4:30 PM CT

Join us on Thursday, April 8 to hear from MDH experts about the COVID-19 vaccines, updated communications resources, and the role of the CHW as we reflect on 1 year into the COVID-19 Pandemic. We will be joined by MDH staff Hinda Omar, a Health Educator Specialist, and Dan-Tam Phan-Hoang, MS, a COVID-19 Communications, Materials, and Media Lead. 

Participants will gain the following information about COVID-19 :
1.  Learn about COVID-19 vaccination, community education and outreach efforts, including community concerns about vaccinations and COVID-19 prevention
2. Connect with others to discuss experiences discussing vaccinations in our roles as CHWs
3. Add to knowledge about vaccinations in the time of COVID-19 and resources available. 

Click here to register. 

Participation Opportunity: National Public Health Week

Opportunity from the NACHW Newsletter email: 

National Public Health Week: April 5-11

During the first full week of April each year, communities across the United States observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. The theme this year is “Building Bridges to Better Health,” emphasizing the importance of coming together in a time when we are physically distant.  
 
This year, NACHW will be participating, and we would like your help showcasing the importance of Community Health Workers in public health. We ask that during this week, you create and share short videos through your social media. If you are able to participate, follow the instructions below.

  1. Record a short video (no longer than 90 seconds) about the value of CHWs in public health and/or how you as a CHW contribute to public health
  2. Hold the camera horizontally (on its side)
  3. Upload the video and a caption to your social media profile. This can be on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
  4. When uploading to your social media, make sure to tag NACHW. We will receive a notification and can then share your video
    • Twitter: @chwnational
    • Facebook: @chwnational
    • Instagram: @chwnational

Read on to see other exciting opportunities with NACHW and our partners during National Public Health Week. 

Website Updates

Exciting Website Updates

The Alliance website has been a hub of information for CHWs and it is time for an update. Over the next month, where information is located on the site will change to be more user-friendly and content will be updated to reflect the goals of the organization.

Some important changes are:

  • Updates and additional resources will be added throughout on various topics 
  • A clearer focus on the CHW field in the state of Minnesota
  • Greater emphasis on health equity and additional resources on the topic

If you have questions or are looking for a resource please reach out to mnchwallianceregistry@gmail.com for assistance!