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! 

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History of the Minnesota CHW Alliance- Minnesota’s CHW Coverage Legislation: History and Lessons for the Future.

In 2007, Minnesota Community Health Workers (CHW) and allies achieved a major policy milestone with the successful passage of CHW coverage legislation. Minnesota became one of the first states to obtain Medicaid payment for specific services provided by trained and trusted CHWs (Minn State Statutes 256B.0625, sub 49).

Learning about the birth and passage of this landmark bill as well as its implementation and results is important to understanding how we can continue to effectively advocate going forward. Building on our successes and addressing our challenges, we will create a strong and sustainable CHW field that advances health equity.

For the full story and more details head to the History page on our website under the About tab to read more on major provisions, keys to success, implementation and result, and what’s next. 

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Research Participation Opportunity

LSU Health Sciences Center- New Orleans, the National Association of Community Health Workers and the Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network are working together to learn more about community health workers and Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs, also known as health insurance companies that serve people with Medicaid). 

Are you a community health worker (CHW), CHW supervisor or administrator who works at a Medicaid MCO? Or are you a CHW, CHW supervisor or administrator at an organization that receives a contract for CHW services from an MCO? 

If so, we invite you to participate in a brief 10-15 minute survey to help us learn more about how CHWS are working in Medicaid managed care organizations. People who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $50 debit gift card.

CHWs

Click here to access the survey and more information.

If the link doesn’t work, copy and paste this URL into your web browser: https://is.gd/CHAMPSCHW

Supervisors and administrators

Click here to access the survey and more information.

If the link doesn’t work, copy and paste this URL into your web browser:

https://is.gd/CHAMPSEMPLOYER

Closing the loop on the Call to Action

We have some good news and bad news to share. The bad news is that the CHW bill (HF69/SF1106) did not receive a hearing this year. The good news is that we will try again next year. Thanks to everyone who wrote to your House and Senate representatives to encourage support of the bill. Your voice is so important.

The CHW Legislative Action Committee will take this year to prepare, cultivate relationships between CHWs and legislators, and provide training and support to CHWs interested in getting involved. Please watch for future opportunities to get involved in a variety of ways!

Here are some actions you can take now and in the future! 

  • Meet with your legislators to tell them about CHWs and the good work they do
    • Use this link to see who your representatives are https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/
  • Write legislators for support of a future bill
  •  Review draft bill language 
  • Provide testimony at hearings- we will have more information on this in the future. 

We are committed to moving forward WITH you! If you would like to get involved please reach out to mnchwallianceregistry@gmail.com!