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.
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
The Alliance is excited to be expanding their networking opportunities and capabilities for connection through the launch of the Community Health Worker Registry. Adri is excited to introduce herself and begin managing this project!
Taking on the role of Registry Manager for the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance is an exciting opportunity. I look forward to working with CHWs across Minnesota, the leadership team at the Alliance, and all other like-minded individuals, invested in the advancement of the health of all Minnesotans.
I grew up in Mankato, Minnesota then went on to attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and received a degree in Psychology in May of 2019. After spending over a year working in organizational development consulting, I am excited to be applying for graduate degree programs in Public Health. My long-term goal is to work in community health promotion and I am passionate about seeking greater equity and opportunity for all within healthcare!
I am looking forward to supporting the Alliance in creating a community for CHWs to connect with one another and find opportunities in the field. The registry is a valuable resource that will continue to grow over time to fit the needs of all users and provide essential data to the Alliance.
The Minnesota CHW Alliance Registry launches Monday, November 9th, 2020. A statewide CHW registry, created and operated by the Alliance as a voluntary listing of Minnesota CHWs, will provide a strong foundation for strengthening the CHW field, helping to support community building among CHWs and agencies across sectors and geographic locations.
A representative from the Alliance will be hosting Q&A sessions on the CHW Registry in early November. To join a session please register on our Eventbrite page: MN CHW Registry Q&A.
Saturday November 7th, 2pm
Tuesday November 10th, 6:30pm
Thursday November 12th, 9:00am
Monday, November 16th, 12:00pm
Would you like an Alliance representative to speak at your next organizational meeting about the CHW Registry and how to join? Please direct both your questions and requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Before working at Essentia Health, I was working full-time at Northwood Children’s Services and going to school full-time. I was working towards my Bachelors in Social Work. I had found a job posting as a Community Health Worker at Essentia Health, and prior to this, I had no knowledge about what a Community Health Worker was or did. I did some research, then applied. I received a call that the job was mine, and I was so excited to take on this new role.
As a Community Health Worker at Essentia Health, I work closely with our IHP Population to help connect them to community resources. In March of 2019, we started a pilot program in three pediatric departments where a questionnaire was sent out with three questions regarding financial resource strain, transportation access, and food insecurities. When a patient screens positive for any one of these social determinants of health, I would follow up to connect them to a community partner Essentia Health is partnered with. A few months later due to the success of the pilot, this questionnaire is now sent out to all patients with a primary care visit. Since COVID-19 surfaced, Essentia Health has identified over 40,000 patients who are considered to be at high risk of contracting the virus. I have also been working with these patients to ensure their needs are being met.
This role and community health work is important to me because I feel that social determinants of health are often overlooked. For instance, I have worked with several patients who have to decide whether to pay for their monthly prescription of medication, or use that money to get groceries for their family. No person should have to make this kind of decision. We often don’t think about how lack of transportation is going to have an effect on someone’s overall health, or lack of healthy foods. I am so grateful to be a part of this work, and helping to connect our patients to the appropriate resources.