Meet the Community Health Worker Registry Manager

Welcome, Adri Lobitz! 

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.

 Welcome Adri to the Alliance Team!

Click to register as a CHW or CHW Stakeholder.

Lindsay Eales

CHW Spotlight: Lindsey Eales 

Community Health Worker 

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.

Job Opening: Community Health Worker Registry Manager

Community Health Worker Registry Manager Position Description

25% FTE (10 hours/week) contract position

$15,600 (520 hours @ $30)

Purpose

The purpose of this position is to manage and promote the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance online Registry, website management/updates and the monthly E-newsletter. This position works closely with the Alliance Registry Committee and reports to the Board Chair.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently while also using judgement on when to seek guidance to ensure success of new initiative.
  • Commitment to health equity.
  • High level of personal responsibility and commitment to the mission of the CHW Alliance

Communication Skills

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Skilled in networking and relationship-building; ability to establish and maintain rapport with diverse stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of how to send appropriate mass emails and other communications.

Technological Skills

  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Suite; specific experience with Excel including data pulling, converting, and cleaning.
  • Familiar with and willing to gain competency in WordPress, Mailchimp
  • Experience with data collection, analysis, management and reporting.
  • Experience coordinating and managing programs and/or publications.
  • Experience in gathering and synthesizing research and other information.
  • Capable of learning new technology as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Social Work, Business or a related field
  • Three years relevant experience
  • Experience with WordPress and MailChimp

Specific Tasks

Responsible for ongoing development of design, content, and all processes necessary for the operation, promotion and maintenance of the MNCHWA CHW registry (e.g. applications, CHW profiles, employer/stakeholder profiles, renewals, queries etc.)

  • Manage new CHW Registry entries
  • Update current CHW Registry entries.
  • Send reminders to current registrants to renew.
  • Coordinate and share information with registrants.
  • Respond to registry queries.
  • Pull a data set from the registry database and clean and filter it within Excel.
  • Moderate the registry community posts.
  • Create an annual report on the CHW field
  • Report on MNCHWA Registry status to the board, committees, other staff and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with an advisory committee and support them in understanding the limitations of the website as it is currently designed while maximizing its utility.
  • Market and promote the use of the Minnesota Community Health Worker Registry.

Responsible for managing the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance website and enewsletter.

  • Update and manage all technical aspects of the Alliance website.
  • Update and manage all informational content of the Alliance website.
  • Gather information, create and distribute the monthly enewsletter.
  • Manage enewsletter mailing list.
  • Other as requested.

Send resume, cover letter, and sample of writing to Anne Ganey at atganey@gmail.com

Download Position Description (PDF)

Grow Your Knowledge: Breastfeeding Workshops for Community Health Workers

Announcing Breastfeeding Workshops for Community Health Workers

A series of three workshops designed for Community Health Workers (CHWs). Learn from experts and CHWs about the importance of breastfeeding. Grow your knowledge and ability to help the families you serve. 

Email Us to Register

The Nature of Breastfeeding

July 13, 2020 | 12 to 1:30 p.m. | Via Zoom

Learn the lifelong health benefits, how to help Moms overcome difficulties getting started and gain cultural perspectives on the importance of breastfeeding.

Speakers: Ann Oswood, Nurse Midwife, Lactation Consultant & Foua Choua Khang, CHW

The Real World of Breastfeeding

August 3, 2020 | 12 to 1:30 p.m. | Via Zoom

The role of breastfeeding in families and culture, breastfeeding and mental health and during emergencies, the role of the CHW in empowering women to breastfeed.

Speakers: Dr. LaVonne Moore, Nurse Midwife, Lactation Consultant; Shashana Craft, Indigenous breastfeeding counselor, Mental Health Home Visitor; Foua Choua Khang, CHW

Breastfeeding and Getting Back to Work or School

August 24, 2020 | 12 to 1:30 p.m. | Via Zoom

What does it take to breastfeed while returning to work or school? How do CHWs empower women to advocate for themselves to continue breastfeeding? Pumping and equipment how tos. Cultural perspectives and resources.

Speakers: Ann Oswood, Nurse Midwife, Lactation Consultant & LaSherion McDonald, CHW


To register email spmangra@outlook.com.

Certificates of Completion are available for CHWs.

George Floyd Mural outside Cup Foods

CHW Leadership Reflected Through a Leadership Program Session

Who CHWs Are and Why They Bring So Much Value to Healthcare and the World 

Last Thursday, May 28th, CHW Foua Choua Khang facilitated a session on the topic of policy work at the Alliance’s CHW Leadership Development Program. Foua is a CHW Program Director at Hmong American Partnership and a strong CHW leader. 

Foua started with a moment of silence and reflection on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. She then asked the multiracial, multiethnic group of 16 CHWs from across the state if anyone wanted to share feelings and thoughts related to the event.

Justice for George Floyd as well as the need to address racism and commitment to the diverse communities they serve were themes that threaded through the personal stories and heartfelt comments that followed.

One CHW shared that her child is good friends with one of the witnesses to the crime and this has consumed their life since the incident happened. So many emotions! CHWs discussed the need to prepare their children for how to act in situations they should not have to face; how it robs them of innocence.

Another CHW shared the perspective that the tragedy is widespread. She said, “None of those officers went to work that morning thinking they were going to kill someone. They all have families. They have kids that are looking at them wondering about this. They have parents they have to tell about this. It is not one family – it is five families who will be living with this. What they did is not right. They hurt their families and communities as well as Floyd, his family and community.”

The CHW participants thanked Foua for recognizing the elephant in the (Zoom) room, giving them space to talk about it and connect on an issue that impacts them and the communities they serve.

It was a demonstration of CHW character: compassion; a comprehensive view; amplifying voices directly connected to the community that serves as ground zero in this most recent tragedy.

The class moved on with an exercise in negotiation and policy. “The point is to win,” Foua emphasized as she gave instructions and the class broke up into small groups. When the CHW’s returned together to describe how they had “won” in their given scenario, it turned out that every group’s focus was on the common good. To each group, “winning” meant examining ways to help the most people without abandoning the rest. It became a shared mission, and everyone was considered valuable. They thought about future generations and the ways their hypothetical response would be impactful for years to come. They looked for ways everyone could win.

This is not because they are in a leadership class. This is because they are CHWs.

CHWs view the world through a lens of compassion, trust, community, ethics, and win-win solutions. They consider the here and now, and the generations of people who will come after us. This is what we mean when we speak of the “CHW Character.”

These are the leaders we need.