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!

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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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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)

Carrie Harris

CHW Spotlight: Carrie Harris

Carrie Harris

I have worked at Volunteers of America MN/WIS for 15 years and I absolutely love it! The diverse population I serve face many health and social disparities in their lives and may need support to remain living independently. I have always been interested in health and nutrition and found that this area could be addressed more in the social services we provided. Over the years, I have led several health groups focusing on health improvement. When I came to learn about community health work, I knew this was something I had to be a part of. I looked into what our agency needed to be able to have CHWs on staff and started talking people to get grants to fund the new program. Once funding was achieved, I played a large role in implementation. We hired 2 CHWs and I supervised them. When the opportunity came up, I decided to take the CHW courses myself so I could also help people as a CHW. I very much enjoyed learning how to help people be in control of their conditions and their lives. The education was a great addition to my social service background. I just love meeting people where they are at and helping them make different choices if they choose to, with their health.

Learning about the CHW field is very exciting to me. I believe that not everything fits in the same box and there has to be different approaches to education in the health care systems. I would like to share what I have learned with individuals and agencies and them with me. I would like to make more connections with others in the same field. I would also like to develop new ways to grow the CHW field and make them happen.

As CHWs, we are very aware of the health care disparities. Let’s work together to solve them.

Carrie.harris@voamn.org