Minnesota CHW Alliance Registry Launching Monday, November 9th, 2020!

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. 

Session Dates: 

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: mnchwallianceregistry@gmail.com

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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)

April 2020 MNCHWA Spotlight: Mohamed Ibrahim

Mohamed Ibrahim

Community Health Worker

Mayo Clinic Health System

I was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. I have a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Benadir University in Somalia and have worked in trauma and emergency surgery including service overseas with the International Committee of Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders.  Now I live in Mankato with my lovely wife Samsam. I have three boys, Hamza, Hisham and Hilal. I love soccer, reading and volunteering.

I earned my CHW certificate from Rochester Community and Technical College and currently work as a CHW in Mayo Clinic Health System where I serve as a central link between patients and health and social service providers, conducting home visits, facilitating health literacy workshops, and providing culturally-responsive interventions to address Somali health disparities.  In addition to that, I am studying for the US medical license examination test to continue the journey of helping underserved communities as a doctor.

In addition to my professional role, I am highly engaged in the greater Mankato community serving on several area committees and boards, including Blue Earth County Mental Health Task Force, Mayo Clinic Community Cancer Research Advisory Committee, Mayo Clinic Health System Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Mayo Clinic Health System Family Medicine Quality Committee. I am a founding member of a developing grassroots group, Linking for Good, a committed group of local Somalis seeking to build bridges between the Somali and the greater Mankato community.  I also serve in a leadership role as one of the Imams at the St. Peter Islamic Center and Dar Abi Baker at Mankato.

In addition to our daily work to provide the Somali community in the Mankato-St. Peter area with information on the COVID-19 virus and Minnesota’s response, we have been doing many things.  These include:

  1. We have set up two What’sApp groups for Somali community members—one for Mankato and North Mankato and one for St. Peter.  You may already know this—community members move around between these communities.  A mom may live in St. Peter while here daughter lives in Mankato. This is often the case so there is a lot of movement back and forth.
  2. We set up a free conference call listening session to share information with the community and answer questions. We will continue to use free conference calls for meetings and for educating the community.
  3. We have identified people in housing complexes in Mankato, North Mankato and St. Peter where many Somali families live to share information with families in the building. We use What’sApp and free conference calls to inform these key people.

What’sApp and free conference calls are good tools because people can ask questions.  We find people have a lot of questions because they know something critical is happening, but they are not getting the information in Somali they need to understand. They have a lot of questions.  What’sApp is very simple and used by young and old alike.

LaTanya Black named as new Executive Director

LaTanya Black headshotDear Partners, Stakeholders, and Friends of the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance:

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am excited to announce a new chapter in the work of the Alliance: Effective September 15, LaTanya Black will serve as our new Executive Director.  LaTanya has worked in the health care sector for over 25 years and has a breadth of experience in effectively developing, operating, and promoting community engagement strategies and programs. She is a community health worker certificate holder with experience as a CHW, CHW supervisor, and owner of Compassionate Care Services. In addition, Ms. Black is a seasoned public speaker and presenter who is passionate about raising awareness around the essential contributions of community health workers.

Ms. Black has been actively involved with the Alliance for over four years and has come to know our organization well, attending local and national conferences and training and serving as the Alliance’s Community Engagement Specialist and Board Vice-chair. We look forward to a bright future with Ms. Black’s leadership, building on the solid foundation created by Ms. Joan Cleary and Ms. Anne Ganey and offer them our profound thanks for their leadership and dedication.

Secondly, I wish to share with you that the Alliance has entered into a shared services and co-location agreement with Stratis Health. The Alliance office and future trainings  will now be located at 2901 Metro Drive, Suite 400- Bloomington 55425. This agreement allows for joint programming and future collaboration opportunities.

I am excited about the future of the Alliance and greatly look forward to working with Ms. Black in her new role as our Executive Director. 

On behalf of our Board, thank you for all you do in support of the MN Community Health Worker Alliance. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Cathy Weik Signature

 

 

Cathy Weik, Chair
Board of Directors
Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance
Email: cweik@stratishealth.org  Cell: 952-853-8519