COVID-19 Virus

CHW COVID-19 Impact Study

In the summer of 2020, the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Program at Univerity of Texas Health School of Public Health partnered with the Community Health Worker Core Consensus Project (C3 Project) at Texas Tech University to better understand the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the community health worker (CHW) workforce. To address this, this study examined the perceptions and experiences of CHWs during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to: 1) understand changes in the CHW workforce, 2) identify training opportunities, and 3) describe priority needs of CHWs and their communities.

An inter-professional team, including CHWs, CHW instructors, and researchers, developed an online survey to understand the perspectives and experiences of CHWs in Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study team distributed the 67-item survey (qualitative and quantitative), available in Spanish and English, via CHW networks and associations and the Texas Department of State Health Services CHW/Promotora Training and Certification Program. 885 CHWs completed the survey.


Click the link below to read the complete study! 


Education Opportunity

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Education 1/27

In the inaugural session of the ORWH series, “Diverse Voices: COVID-19, Intersectionality, and the Health of Women,” Ana Langer, M.D., the director of the Women and Health Initiative (W&HI) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Jewel Gausman, Sc.D., M.H.S., a research associate at the W&HI, will lead a plain-language discussion of topics explored in their commentary article “Sex and Gender Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic,” recently published in the Journal of Women’s Health.


Sign up for the webinar on January 27th! Click HERE!


For more opportunities, join the MN CHW Alliance Registry and visit the Continuing Education Opportunities page. 

January CHW Circle

Happy New Year!! 

The CHW Circle will meet on Wednesday, January 6th at 3 pm via Zoom for a 2021 check in to discuss meetings for this year and learn more about the Alliance’s Registry. All CHWs are welcome! 

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 988 2063 0362

Passcode: 353474

We are looking forward to seeing you there! 

Exciting Changes to the Alliance Newsletter


As 2020 draws to a close and we look forward to 2021, the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance is making a change to our Monthly Newsletters.

Beginning in January 2021, the Community Currents Monthly Newsletter will transition to occurring on a quarterly basis. Content of the Newsletter will also change as the Alliance’s statewide CHW Registry begins to flourish. Moving forward, the Newsletter will hold Alliance wide updates and the Registry will be the best place to find up to date opportunities for employment and education. In order to be most connected to the Alliance, ensure you are signed up for the Newsletter and have joined the Registry.

To sign up for the newsletter: Click here

To join the registry: Click here for CHW Click here for CHW Stakeholder 

For assistance with joining the Registry click here or email

Education and Engagement Opportunity for CHWs on December 17th, 2020

Medtronic Foundation and various supporting groups are offering a Community Health Worker Training on CHWs and COVID-19: Trauma, Hope, and Helping Others- Are you pouring from an empty cup? 

Thursday, December 17th, 2020 from 10:00-11:30 AM CT join the Medtronic Foundation, CHW Solutions, Hennepin Healthcare, Minnesota CHW Peer Network, the Minnesota CHW Alliance, and WellShare International in learning about the following topics: 

  • Mankato, MN- A Sampling of Effective CHW COVID-19 Strategies
  • Foundations in Trauma-Informed Care for Community Health Workers 
  • A CHW Self-Care Toolkit: Greif, Wellness, and Helping Others
  • Breakout sessions with fellow CHWs exploring experiences and insights

Participants will gain the following about the co-ourring pandemics of COVID-19 and racism: 

  • Learn about COVID-19 community education and outreach efforts, including interacting with CHW colleagues about lessons learned and planning for the future
  • Expand their CHW skillset to apply foundations and best practices in trauma informed care to their CHW COVID-19 work
  • Add to their personal self-care toolkits, including concrete practices for handling grief and budling wellness

Informational PDF (click to download): CHWs and Trauma Dec 17 2020 SAVE THE DATE

Zoom link to join on December 15th: