A Message from Cathy

I find myself at a loss for words. I know as a leader I should be able to provide words of wisdom and offer solutions to the tough issues our organization is facing. I must admit, I don’t have anything brilliant or innovative to offer. I believe the best advice for these challenging times is to follow the advice and guidance of our very competent Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) officials. The resource section of this issue highlights important COVID-19 information from MDH and CDC—public health agencies whose expertise we need and trust.

I commend all of you who are working to help those around you. I send special thanks to those of you who are working tirelessly to share information about COVID-19 resources, translate information into languages spoken by the many patients and community members we serve, and for offering emotional and professional support to each other. In this newsletter, we share several examples of how CHW programs here in Minnesota and around the US are making a difference during this crisis. CHWs are now recognized by the US Department of Homeland Security as a critical essential infrastructure worker in our nation’s response to the COVID-19 emergency, and rightfully so.

During this rapidly-changing situation, we can learn from sharing our successes and challenges in helping to meet the needs of our communities and also provide mutual support. If you can, please join the CHW Circle meeting via ZOOM on Wednesday, April1 from 3:00-4:30 p.m., where we will discuss CHW strategies during the time of COVID-19. See our calendar below for call-in information.

The coming months are not going to be easy. Remaining connected and resilient is critical and taking care of yourself and those you love is what matters. I have noticed, as I work from home, things I would not normally take the time to notice – of special note is the cardinal that has taken to hanging in the tree right outside my home office window. When I’m starting to feel the stress build inside, I look to the front of my desk – to the pictures of my darling grandchildren and then turn my head to the left to look for my cardinal. I take deep breaths and say, “this too shall pass.”

Stay well,


Cathy Weik
Board Chair
Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance

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