In the summer of 2020, the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Program at Univerity of Texas Health School of Public Health partnered with the Community Health Worker Core Consensus Project (C3 Project) at Texas Tech University to better understand the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the community health worker (CHW) workforce. To address this, this study examined the perceptions and experiences of CHWs during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to: 1) understand changes in the CHW workforce, 2) identify training opportunities, and 3) describe priority needs of CHWs and their communities.
An inter-professional team, including CHWs, CHW instructors, and researchers, developed an online survey to understand the perspectives and experiences of CHWs in Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study team distributed the 67-item survey (qualitative and quantitative), available in Spanish and English, via CHW networks and associations and the Texas Department of State Health Services CHW/Promotora Training and Certification Program. 885 CHWs completed the survey.
In the inaugural session of the ORWH series, “Diverse Voices: COVID-19, Intersectionality, and the Health of Women,” Ana Langer, M.D., the director of the Women and Health Initiative (W&HI) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Jewel Gausman, Sc.D., M.H.S., a research associate at the W&HI, will lead a plain-language discussion of topics explored in their commentary article “Sex and Gender Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic,” recently published in the Journal of Women’s Health.
Sign up for the webinar on January 27th! Click HERE!
For more opportunities, join the MN CHW Alliance Registry and visit the Continuing Education Opportunities page.
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