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Ensuring Our Voices are Heard

Dear Readers,

The Alliance strives to be the voice of CHWs, and those they serve, in providing opportunities for their concerns to be heard in many community venues including policy making. We work to equip CHWs to become leaders in their respective spheres of influence from PTAs to local government to serving on nonprofit boards of directors. As community leaders, we want everyone to be comfortable meeting with elected officials and advocating for the needs of their respective community which is why the CHW leadership training includes exposure to the media, policymakers, funders, and lawmakers. 

Policy, communications, philanthropy, organizing, and networking are among key tools for change. To that end, the new CHW leadership cohort started February 15. If you are still interested in joining, please contact co-facilitators, LaTanya Black at or Anne Ganey at for more information. The leadership training is free of charge for CHWs living or working in Ramsey, Dakota, or Washington Counties as a result of a generous grant from the F. R. Bigelow Foundation.

I am a newer member of “We Can Change the World,” a political action alliance that supports voter registration efforts along with the campaigns of women from Washington County who are running for local and state offices. Wherever we live, each of us can participate in ways that work for our busy lives. With newly elected officials in city and county government, here in Minnesota, and in Washington, D.C. it is important that all perspectives be heard and that we all share our voice. YOUR VOICE as a CHW, supporter, employer, and stakeholder matters.  

2019 National CHW Conference

The National CHW Conference, “Unity 2019: The 20th Anniversary of the National Conference For and About CHWs” takes place April 14-17 in Las Vegas! LaTanya Black, Alliance vice chair, board member, and community engagement consultant will represent the Alliance at the Conference. 

With respect and gratitude for all voices,

Renae Oswald-Anderson
Interim Executive Director

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