CHW Solutions Survey

CHW Self-Care Survey

CHW Solutions is working with the University of Minnesota’s National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants to develop and pilot a CHW self-care curriculum in the co-occurring pandemics of COVID-19 and racism. As part of this work, we’d like to hear your suggestions. Please follow the link below to complete a brief survey. Thank you so much for your participation! We look forward to hearing your ideas and including them in our efforts. Please contact Megan Ellingson, meganellingson@chwsolutions.com, with any questions. The survey will close on June 4, 2021.
 
Opportunities with the Alliance

Opportunities within the Alliance: Committee Experiences

Closely related to the planning of a conference (see blog from April 19th) is the planning of a Fundraising Event. Many of the same questions and answers go into the planning of this kind of event with the addition of: “Who can we invite who would love to know about the CHW field in Minnesota and will go away saying “I’m so glad to know that I can contribute (time, money, knowledge, other resources) to this organization that is doing so much to advance this field of work!”?” Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have not been able to have a fundraiser for the MN CHW Alliance since 2019. This is a project that we need to revive as soon as we are able!

One more committee that I have had the honor of working on is the Education Committee. As you read in the blog post from March 2, 2021, this committee has been hard at work updating the statewide curriculum. Again, I have learned so much by working with this wonderful group of educators.

While I have benefited and grown by my work on these committees, I know that each committee has also appreciated hearing from my perspective as an active CHW. I would strongly encourage every CHW to ask yourself where you can plugin and throw your voice into the conversation. It may begin with a simple conversation with one committee member or being part of a meeting with many committee members. It may be once a week, once a month, or once a year. Everyone’s voice counts! If you hear or read about a project that sounds enticing please, step up to the opportunity and see the impact it has on you as well as the impact you can have on our field.

-Kimberli Barker, CHW 

This is the end of our series about opportunities in the Alliance. If you are interested in getting more involved please reach out! 

Statement on Racial Justice

Minnesota CHW Alliance’s Statement on Racial Justice

The Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance is committed to equity across all aspects of society. While the primary focus of our work is to ensure health equity for all we believe to realize this goal it is imperative that issues of racial justice be addressed.

The past year has been full of tension. Many anxiously awaited the outcome of the trial for the officer who murdered George Floyd in May of 2020. As the monumental guilty verdict was read, we along with so many others, were filled with hope that this verdict signaled the beginning of holding officers and others in positions of authority, accountable. An important chapter has been written for racial justice across Minnesota, but the story cannot end here. We acknowledge the pain and suffering experienced by those in our organization, especially the Community Health Workers (CHWs) that represent populations of color and we are committed to being strong allies. The Alliance pledges to pursue justice and dynamic growth for populations harmed by police brutality as well as other racist and unjust systems.

The Alliance remains relentlessly dedicated to pursuing racial justice, equity, and inclusion, and we stand ready to support the leaders and organizations in our community that are committed to those advancing these goals.