Monthly Update from the MN CHW Alliance Executive Director: Adrianna Lobitz

I am so excited to be sharing the first monthly blog update from the Alliance’s Executive Director with you. My name is Adri Lobitz- I have been in this role for six months. I am already elated with the growth the Alliance has undergone and the exciting opportunities on the horizon.

Since the beginning of the year, the Alliance has been working hard to advocate and garner support for legislation to be passed that will fortify and grow the CHW field in Minnesota. Passing this legislation will build the capacity of CHWs to address health disparities and Social Determinates of Health, establish awareness of the importance and impact of CHWs, and increase organizational readiness for those who employ CHWs. If you would like to assist in this effort, please reach out to your representative to let them know the importance of CHWs and encourage them to support this funding.

The Alliance continues to host monthly CHW Learning Circle meetings on the first Wednesday of every month and a Supervisor Roundtable every month. If you would like to be added to the email list for either of these events, please reach out to me at adrianna.lobitz@mnchwalliance.org.

Thank you for visiting the Alliance’s website and blog! I hope you have found this site to be a resource on CHWs and a place for connection on our CHW Registry. I am looking forward to continuing to share updates with you and more opportunities to connect with the Alliance.

In community,

Adri

Minnesota Statewide Community Health Woker Meeting is coming up soon!

Here is the link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mn-chw-alliance-statewide-meeting-tickets-267836605497

The Alliance is excited to host another Statewide Meeting to discuss the growth of CHWs across the state of Minnesota.

The meeting will begin with updates from across the state from:

Connie Norman, CHW, Sanford Bemidji

Vanessa Southworth, Director of Winona CHW Hub, South East Minnesota

Tara Nelson, CHW Program Director, IMAA Rochester

Christine Bullerman, Sanford Worthington

Sarah Blonigan, Director, Trellis Juniper

Jihan Rashid, Director, Twin Cities CHW Hub, Pilsbury United Communities

Michelle Heerey, Executive Director, Wellshare International, Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota

and more.

The presentation section of the agenda will cover supporting the growth of CHW Strategies in Minnesota with facilitators Kristen Godfrey Walters (Hennepin Health Care, Legislative Action Committee) and Catherine Diamond (Minnesota Department of Health).