March always brings the promise of warmer days ahead. It makes me feel hopeful and excited for sunshine and green grass!
My name is Cathy Weik and I chair the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance (MNCHWA) Board of Directors. When I’m not focused on the Alliance, I serve as the Sr. Vice President, Administration/Compliance Officer for Stratis Health. Stratis Health has been a longtime partner of the Alliance and firmly believes in the power of integrating community health worker strategies into health care, public health and social service systems as a critical component of the solution that will positively impact the overall health and well-being of our communities. As many of you may already know, the Alliance entered into an agreement with Stratis Health last fall for “back office” administrative support and co-location that includes office space, access to conference rooms, technology and collaborative programming. This is exciting and provides a dedicated space for CHWs to come together to get work done.
You may have seen LaTanya Black’s letter by now in which she announces her transition from Executive Director to Project Manager. The board fully supports LaTanya in her new role representing the Alliance as a community representative and subject matter expert. The Alliance is blessed with a strong team, which also includes Anne Ganey, MPH, who will continue her work with the Alliance leading projects and serving in the education and training role, as well as the many CHWs that have a long history and involvement with the Alliance.
During this period of transition, the Alliance’s Board of Directors has delegated the day-to-day operational responsibilities to the board’s executive committee (Vice Chair – Laura Guzman-Corrales, MPH, Healthy Communities Program Manager; Treasurer – Gary Oftedahl, MD; and Secretary – Kimberli Barker, Community Health Worker). I will serve as the main point of contact. The Alliance’s Executive Committee, along with the other board members, will ensure the Alliance successfully executes on its work and remains a viable and active community collaborator and partner in achieving the vision of equitable and optimal health outcomes for all communities.
All the best,
Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance