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Community Health Workers
Section Newsletter
Spring 2011

Message from the Chair



This spring and early summer have unfortunately brought both man-made and natural disasters to several regions of the country and world. On behalf of the CHW Section, I would like to offer our sincere prayers and thoughts to all who have been affected both in and outside of the United States. There have been earthquakes, a tsunami and nuclear meltdowns in Japan, earthquakes in Colombia, flooding, both man-made and natural, along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and tornadoes in the Midwest, South and New England. Let’s not forget to mention those people affected by natural and man-made disasters which do not make headline news. Although all of the above mentioned are very serious and life changing events, the tornadoes in New England have hit closest to home for me. An apartment complex my husband and I lived in just a couple of years ago in Southbridge, Mass., suffered so much damage last week during the tornadoes that every building has been condemned. In Springfield, Mass., and surrounding towns there has been so much devastation that my CHW colleagues there are going even further than the “usual extra mile” to assist their community. If disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the other recent devastations have not highlighted the important role of CHWs in emergency preparedness, I would like to take a moment to do so.


Many understand the vital role CHWs have in reducing health disparities and improving health in our communities. Please remember CHWs also have a role in emergency preparedness.   While this role is often underutilized by authorities, it is an important role CHWs take to heart. We may not have an official role in many regional, state and local emergency plans, but the past experience of our CHW colleagues in New Orleans shed light on the value CHWs bring. CHWs bring added expertise to emergency planning, assisting during the actual event, identifying and meeting the community needs afterwards in both the short and long term. 


CHWs have unique, trusting relationships with the communities we serve. We are often seen as community leaders, the “go to” people for a variety of issues. Should emergency preparedness be any different? Absolutely not! Being prepared before an emergency is always the best strategy. CHWs can assist communities to be prepared before an emergency strikes. We can educate and assist community members to develop a plan for themselves and their families. Community members may not heed the reverse 911 calls (even if they have a phone), the alerts brought by the media (the recent tornado alert in my home town was only broadcast in English) or the call to evacuate, due to a lack of trust, in many cases of certain authorities. The same community members will often follow the suggestions and instructions given by CHWs. The CHW workforce does not have the challenge of developing trust preparing for or during an emergency.  We are already respectfully engaged with individuals, families and communities and have earned their trust.

CHWs are important partners in times of natural or man-made disasters, and we should also be included in pandemic planning.  Most understand that childhood immunizations are an important first step to prevent outbreaks of certain diseases. CHWs have already assisted many children in this country to receive childhood immunizations. We are on the ground and can provide culturally appropriate educational information to communities. CHWs can assist to ensure all have the needed information to prevent increased cases of illness once an outbreak is imminent. 


I’ve stressed the role CHWs can have in emergency preparedness, and I’d also like to stress the need for additional funding for CHW programs to be partners in this effort. As many know our programs are often funded by health specific cyclical grants; unfortunately, these grants don’t often include emergency preparedness.  Funding for CHWs and CHW programs should be included in emergency preparedness funding coming to regional, state and local entities. CHWs think of health holistically; I urge all to think of emergency preparedness holistically as well. We should ensure all partners who can assist in times of emergency are included in planning and funding. No one group of professionals can be everything to all in need, but together we can work to ensure all members of our communities have the most accurate, up to date information in the event of an emergency. Together, we can assist individuals, families and communities to be as healthy and safe as possible.


CHWs - encourage your programs to be involved in emergency preparedness. State, regional, local health departments and emergency management agencies - consider formally including CHWs in your emergency plans. Finally to everyone, remember to think inclusively about emergency preparedness. Take a good look at who is working to keep your community healthy and safe, and work to ensure they are included in all emergency preparedness plans.



Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox


CHW Section News


We are starting up a Facebook page for the Section where we will actively discuss issues related to community health workers.  Please look for us on Facebook and join the conversation!


Leadership Opportunities


Please know that we are always interested in having more leaders join us in guiding and building the CHW Section. Be in touch at any time with our Nominations Co-Chair Lee Rosenthal at  We finalize nominations in the early spring 2012.


Join us!



We need your ideas and participation in Planning for CHW Section Awards


The CHW Section is getting ready to explore the development of an Awards program to thank CHWs and others for their leadership in the field.  Be a part of the conversation by joining "the potential CHW AWARDS Committee"-- we will set up a call sometime in late August or early September once we know who is on board.


We will:

* Discuss criteria for CHW Section Awards that recognize the contributions of CHWs and others in different settings and across the country and internationally;

* Share tasks in order to complete a draft for discussion and revisions at the APHA CHW Section meeting in Washington, D.C.;

* Finalize Award criteria in order to announce it with the 2012 APHA CHW Section Call for Abstracts;

* Discuss strategies to disseminate, solicit nominations, and select Award Nominees for the 2012 APHA CHW Section meeting; and

* Discuss logistics of hosting Award ceremonies at the 2012 APHA CHW Section meeting.


If you cannot join the Committee, still feel free to send us input about the process; please send by mid-August 2011 to Lee Rosenthal, CHW Section Nominations Committee Co-Chair, at or Sara Torres at

Plan to Join the CHW Section for our Exciting Program in Washington, DC!

Registration is now open for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2011. More than 1,000 cutting edge scientific sessions will be presented by public health researchers, academicians, policy-makers and practitioners on the most current public health issues facing the nation today. For registration and more information about the Annual Meeting, visit


Our CHW Section will have a strong presence at the meeting, including sessions on the critical role of CHWs in urban, rural and tribal settings, CHWs and mental health, CHWs working internationally, CHW leadership and sustainability, and our special invited session, “Integrating CHWs into Emerging Models of Care.” You can view the sessions sponsored by our Section in the interactive Online Program ( Plan to attend our scientific sessions, including oral, roundtable and poster sessions.  Don’t forget to visit the CHW Section exhibit in the Section and SPIG pavilion in the Public Health Expo to speak to a Section representative.

Travel Scholarships for CHWs to Attend APHA Available (Due July 31)


With funding from the Harold and Grace Sewell Trust Fund, the Community Health Worker Section of APHA will offer five $800 scholarships to community health workers to attend the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2011. 


This scholarship honors the important work of grass-roots advocates who promote health in their communities.  We want to bring your knowledge, experience, and commitment to the CHW field to APHA. Scholarship awardees from out of town will receive funding to help pay for transportation, room and board, meals, and registration fees. Scholarships will be paid on a reimbursable basis after the Annual Meeting in November and all written reports are received. 


Please call or email Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson, at (601) 266-6266 or, to get an application.  Application due date is July 31, 2011.  Late applications will not be considered due to the large expected number of applications.   


APHA is the world’s largest organization of public health workers.  It represents health advocates, health promoters, researchers, clinicians, social workers, and many others united in improving the health of the public. To learn more about this year’s meeting, visit and click on Annual Meeting. 

Need-based Scholarships Available for Students to Attend APHA Annual Meeting

APHA is proud to announce the availability of need-based scholarships, sponsored by External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc., for student members to attend the 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2011.  Twelve students will be granted registration and up to a $500 stipend to use toward food, lodging and transportation. An additional four students will be given Annual Meeting registration only. Recipients of the scholarships will be chosen based on financial need and essay. As part of the award, students will be strongly encouraged to attend at least one Section business meeting.  Please inform the student members of your Section about this unique opportunity!  Visit: for complete details and application. Please contact Pooja Bhandari at with any questions. 

State and National CHW Policy Updates



As of this writing (June 6, 2011), only one of five pieces of state CHW legislation introduced this year has actually passed. Texas House Bill 2610, which was placed on the governor’s desk on May 26, would require the state’s Health and Human Services Commission to conduct a study to explore funding options, including recommendations to “maximize employment of and access to” Promotoras/CHWs.  The bill also moves the State’s CHW certification program from the Health Department to the Commission, which oversees the Medicaid and SCHIP programs.


A similar bill in California (AB916) was reintroduced in 2011 and reported favorably out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 27.  More sweeping bills have been introduced in Oregon (HB 3650) and Pennsylvania (HB342); both bills include prominent roles for CHWs in state-designed health care reform models. The Oregon bill has moved farthest, referred to Ways and Means on May 18.


New Mexico Senate Joint Memorial 12, reintroduced in January, would create the State’s Office of CHWs in statute; the Office was created by the governor several years ago but was considered temporary. This bill was reported favorably by committees but has not progressed.


For the text of any of these bills please contact Section Secretary Carl Rush,





The federal Office of Women’s Health has officially launched the expansion of its CHW leadership development program based on the very successful Border Women’s Health Promotora Institute.  According to Rosie Piper of the Mariposa Community Health Center (Nogales, Ariz.), creators of the Institute in 2004-6, the initiative will roll out in two federal regions this year, and in six more regions in the following two years.


The program supports Promotoras/CHWs in taking leadership roles on local community health projects with the support of their supervisors. Federal officials have recognized that this expanded leadership capacity can be of benefit to local, state and national CHW networks.


Watch for more details and announcements in coming months!





Have you considered partnering with your local housing authority to place CHWs in subsidized housing developments? The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been quietly exploring CHW roles in housing and has launched several exciting projects, which may expend depending on their results and available funding.


The HUD CHW initiatives are the brainchild of Carol Payne, a regional HUD official in Baltimore and co-founder of the Community Outreach Worker Association of Maryland (COWAM).  The initiatives include:

—CHWs targeting cardiovascular health disparities in 22 local sites of the HOPE VI program.

—Collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on SCHIP enrollment and utilization (a pilot project with three local housing authorities under the 2009 CHIPRA legislation).

— A Health Literacy Partnership with the National Library of Medicine, with CHWs playing a key leadership/advocacy role at the local level


For more information, contact Carol at



Policy Committee Update

The APHA CHW Section Policy Committee will be holding their next conference call/meeting on Thursday July 14, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.  The Phone number:  (877) 914-8175 Code: 3339912.  If you are interested in being a member of the committee, we would love to have you join and are always looking for new members.  The Policy Committee will be holding quarterly meetings.  Please contact Anne Willaert or Jewel Bell, Policy Committee co-chairs, at:


Anne Willaert

(507) 389-7347


Jewel Bell

(513) 425-7856



The work plan that the Policy Committee is currently working on involves two major areas: 

1.  Provide clear communication and fact based information that is accessible to CHWs, researchers, and employers of CHWs, legislators, advocates or others to be used as a business case to support the position/role of CHWs. 

2. Track and discuss the development of policies that include CHWs with the ACA implementation. Implement a strategy to include CHWs within the Medical Home model as team members. 


The activities that we will be working on to meet that work plan include:

1. Develop an online accessible clearinghouse with evidence based research to support the role of the community health workers.  This will include both published and unpublished articles that CHWs, employers of CHWs, advocates, legislators and others can use to move legislation or create a business case to support the position of the CHW.

2. Create a one pager fact sheet which would demonstrate the business case to support the integration of CHWs as a team member in the medical home model both at the state and national level.

Scientific Journals to Feature Special Community Health Worker Issues


Reflecting a rising interest in community health workers in the United States and ongoing interest around the globe, a number of peer-reviewed journals are currently publishing special issues dedicated to community health workers. These journals provide an important venue to share practice and policy changes related to the development of individual CHWs and CHW programs as well as the field overall.


The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management was the first to announce its special issue; given the response, the JACM editors decided they will produce two consecutive special issues. It has been an interesting opportunity to serve as a co-editor of the Journal’s special issues along with N.Y.-based global health specialist James Macinko, PhD. In these issues, manuscripts address an array of topics predominately centered on increasing understanding of CHW practice and how it is changing over time.  Articles further explore CHW integration in various practice centers including within the primary care setting as part of medical home teams. The issues include a special feature, “Community Health Worker Voices,” that features brief pieces solicited from CHWs and CHW programs sharing about their work from their own point of view. Also in both issues authors were asked, when appropriate, to fill in what we call the Key Comparative Elements Table so that readers can more readily grasp similarities and differences between CHW services and programs ultimately helping to add better definition to the field. 


The July/September 2011 issue of JACM is available at:



Community health workers are increasingly acknowledged as playing an essential role in helping to improve the delivery of public health services to many marginalized populations. The American Journal of Public Health editorial team and board broadly support the timeliness of this topic. Therefore, AJPH plans to have a theme issue on “Community Health Workers and Public Health” in late 2011 or early 2012. Submissions are welcome that address issues related to: community health workers and access to care; community health workers and reduction of disparities in health; community health workers and their integration into new models of comprehensive care; community health workers and their role in Health Care Reform; training, certification and payment of the community health worker workforce; and other related topics.


Focus on One Article in the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management

Community Health Workers “101” for Providers and Other Stakeholders . J. Ambul Care Management. 33 (3)210-220 

Today’s ambulatory care providers face numerous challenges as they try to practice efficient, patient-centered medicine. Community Health Workers are nationally recognized as important members of the health care workforce who are vital to achieving healthcare goals in the United States. This overview article provides guidance to providers, administrators, payers, and other interested partners for implementing recommen­dations to integrate community health workers into multi-disciplinary health care teams to prevent and manage chronic diseases. This article explains how community health workers can be engaged to address many patient- and system-related barriers currently experienced in ambulatory care practices.

CHWs are front-line public health workers who serve as a trusted bridge between community members and health care providers. Among their varied roles, CHWs can educate and support patients in managing their risk factors and diseases and link these patients to needed resources. As shown in this overview, including CHWs as members of multidisciplinary care teams has the potential to strengthen both current and emerging models of healthcare delivery.


This article serves as tool for state agencies and others who partner with provider groups, healthcare administrators, and payers.  It acknowledges challenges faced by providers; explains how CHWs can help meet the challenges; illustrates CHWs as an emerging occupation; provides examples of CHWs’ contributions in ambulatory settings; and explains how providers and other stakeholders can understand the distinctive role of CHWs in multidisciplinary healthcare teams and can integrate CHWs into healthcare delivery; and provides tips for a good working environment for CHWs.


This article will help CHWs and CHW supporters to: 

  •            Educate stakeholders. Before providers and healthcare delivery systems (public and private) will consider reimbursement for CHW services or hiring CHWs as part of their staff, they need to clearly understand who CHWs are, and how they can contribute to patient-centered care and improvements in patient and provider satisfaction.  Additionally, they need to be aware of the basics related to recruiting, training, and supervising CHWs.

·        Educate advocates at the state and local levels on the beneficial outcomes for the public’s health of integrat­ing CHWs into the health care system.

·         Use this paper as a tool to be broadly shared and explored with partners, as a part of an ongoing dialogue and advocacy for the  uniform training of CHWs, workforce development, evaluation, occupational regulation, and financing mechanisms for sustainable employment, and other appropriate systems and or policy changes.

Journal “Family & Community Health” to Feature Special CHW Issue: Call for Articles Due in August

The interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal Family & Community Health will produce an issue on lay health promoters/community health workers, also known as lay health workers, village health workers, promotoras, etc. Articles are due by August 2, 2011 to Issue Co-Editors Elizabeth Reifsnider,  Elnora (Nonie) P. Mendias, and Yolanda R. Davila, at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing in Galveston, Texas. Please submit manuscripts for consideration electronically to and Articles are being solicited on topics as follows:

·         Building infrastructure that supports lay health promoters/CHWs

·         Examples of training programs for lay health workers/CHW

·         Examples of effectiveness of training, supporting, and maintaining lay health workers/CHWs

·  Lay health promoters/CHW  and environmental health

·  Building community partnerships for lay health promoters/ CHWs

·  Using lay health workers/CHW  with vulnerable populations

·  Research

o Examples of research using lay health workers/CHWs

o Evaluation research using lay health workers/CHWs

·  Historical development or current trends and definitions of  lay health workers/CHWs

·  Concept analyses or systematic or integrative reviews related to lay health workers/CHWs


Family & Community Health focuses on health care practitioners regardless of area of practice.  The journal’s overall goal is to provide a forum to discuss a holistic approach to family and community healthcare and primary healthcare, including health promotion and disease prevention.  Each issue of FCH focuses on a specific topic that can be used by faculty, practitioners, and students in a range of healthcare disciplines.

Minnesota CHW Alliance Organizes First Day at the Capitol

Turnout for the first Minnesota CHW Alliance Day at the Capitol surpassed initial expectations big-time when 70 CHWs, students and stakeholder organization members from across the Twin Cities gathered on a very rainy April 26 in St. Paul.

CHWs and students represented the African-American, American Indian, deaf, Latino, Somali, Southeast Asian, and West African communities. Stakeholder organizations included community clinics, hospitals, mutual assistance associations and other nonprofits, post secondary educational institutions, and voluntary health associations.

Rep. Erin Murphy (D-Fla.), author of Minnesota's 2007 CHW payment legislation, welcomed the group to the Capitol and encouraged CHWs to tell their stories to lawmakers. Following an excellent advocacy training session offered by the American Cancer Society/Midwest Division, State Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, MD, addressed the packed room, predicting that someday a community health worker would be heading up the state health department. Teams of CHWs, students and stakeholder organization reps met with legislators in their offices, summoned them from hearings for hallway conversations and left materials about the Alliance for later reading.

"We succeeded in meeting our major goal for this year's event -- building awareness of the CHW role among our state legislators," stated Joan Cleary, Alliance interim director. "And the experience was very empowering for our members. For many, this was their first-time visit as well as their first opportunity to speak to a lawmaker."


You are invited to view the photo album: CHW Alliance D@C.

The Road to Health Toolkit Reaches Train the Trainers Through its New RTH Training Guide and Video

Toolkits have proven to be practical and resourceful products that can be tailored according to the population we serve. Over eight years ago, the National Diabetes Education Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health understood from community health workers and promotores’  focus groups how simple, easy-to-carry tools, multigenerational and culturally appropriate messages and adaptable resources were crucial in reaching ethnic minorities.


Based on the Diabetes Prevention Study, the toolkit’s resources focus on making healthy food choices, increasing physical activity and weight loss, if overweight; to prevent or delay onset of the disease. The toolkit’s main message is that type 2 diabetes does not have to be your destiny; type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through lifestyle changes. To assist community based organizations, to increase capacity and facilitate trainings, an easy to use and easy to access training guide and video were developed.


The Road to Health Training Guide and Road to Health Training Video were designed specifically for promotores and community health workers who offer train-the-trainer workshops but also may be used to train others, such as diabetes educators, nurses, dieticians, and church-based health ministries (among others) on how to use The Road to Health Toolkit.


The RTH Training Video brings the RTH toolkit to life as it showcases real live examples of previous trainings conducted by National Diabetes Education Program staff that shows steps to follow, so that later you can perform these training activities yourself while learning how to implement the toolkit. The RTH Training Guide supplements your training while it walks you through selected activities to get new ideas about conducting your own trainings.


The RTH Training Guide provides many suggestions to maximize the RTH toolkit’s use. To view the RTH Training Guide in English, click here.  CHWs and promotores dedicated to diabetes prevention will value this resource and find it very practical.


CHWs and promotores can now take advantage of the RTH Toolkit, RTH Training Guide and RTH Training Video. The RTH Training Videos can be viewed on NDEP’s YouTube channel in English or Spanish. The RTH Training Video has a booklet that can be viewed here.


If you prefer to order the RTH Training Guide, RTH Training Video, or the toolkit call (888) 693-NDEP or visit NDEP at

Continuing Education Credits are also available for reading or viewing the Training Guide and Video, and/or the Road to Health Toolkit.

If you have questions e-mail Betsy Rodríguez, at



CHW Networks and Associations

Across the country, at all levels (statewide, locally and nationally), CHWs are organizing professional associations or networks. CHW associations advocate for CHWs and the communities they serve. They give CHWs a means of gaining additional skills, getting support and recognition, and sharing resources and strategies with peers. This regular newsletter feature highlights the ongoing organizing efforts of CHWs across the country. We urge CHWs to contact their local networks and get involved! If there is no network in your area, think about starting one. Contact the network nearest you for information and strategies about organizing. We recognize the enormous energy and commitment of CHWs as they organize. We also know that this is only a partial list of CHW associations. If you know of others, please let us know!  Contact Newsletter Editor Gail Hirsch at: or (617) 624-6016.





American Association of Community Health Workers
Durrell Fox, Co-Chair,

APHA CHW Section  
Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox, Chair,, (617) 524-6696 ext. 102   

National Association of Community Health Representatives; Ramona Dillard, CHR/CHWD,,

Pueblo of Laguna, Laguna, NM; (505) 552-6652  



Community Health Representatives (CHR) Area Associations


Oklahoma Area Association of Community Health Representatives (OAACHR)

c/o Cyndi Gilks, President, Muscogee (Creek) Nation CHR Program

Phone: (918) 623-1925  



New Mexico/Southern Colorado CHR Association (NMSCCHRA)

Alk'inibaa' Mermejo, President   

Phone: (505) 660-8627 or (505) 455-4115



Aberdeen Area Community Health Representatives Association (AACHRA)

John Eagle Shield, President; (701) 854-3856






Arizona Community Health Outreach Workers Network, (520) 705-8861,; Lourdes Fernandez, CHW/Promotora

Community Health Worker/Promotoras Network
Maria Lemus, Executive Director, (510) 232-7869, or


REACH-Workers—The Community Health Workers of Tampa Bay
Michelle Dublin, Chair, (727) 588-4018,


Georgia Community Health Advisor Network
Gail McCray, (404) 752-1645,  


Chicago CHW Local Network
Laura Bahena, (312) 878-7015,,



Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network (LACHON); Email  or

Call Ashley Wennerstrom at (504) 988-4007 or Kristina Gibson at (504) 523-6221 ext. 172.   


LACHON’s mission is to supports  community health workers while advocating for improvements in community health.  They do this by:

1. Convening community health workers to share resources and offer peer support.

2. Offering professional development opportunities.

3. Increasing recognition for the community health worker profession locally, nationally and internationally.


They are also on Facebook, and their Twitter account is @LACHON1. 


Community Outreach Workers Association of Maryland, Inc.
Carol Payne (410) 664-6949,


Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers,
Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox, Executive Director, (617) 524-6696, ext. 102,  


Minnesota CHW Peer Network
Anita Buel, Chair, (612) 2933502,  
Sophia London, Co-Chair,

MN CHW Peer Network brings Twin Cities CHWs together for learning and continuing education approximately 4-6 times per year.  The co-chairs of the Peer Network serve as conveners for the trainings and help the group identify topics for continuing ed.  They are busy CHWs who provide leadership to the network on a volunteer basis. 


The Minnesota CHW Alliance is a broad-based partnership of CHWs and stakeholder groups who meet monthly and work together to advance the CHW role in the state. The curriculum, scope of practice, workforce development efforts, payment legislation and Day at the Capitol have come out of this group and its predecessor, the MN CHW Policy Council. Contact Joan Cleary, part-time interim director;  


The New Jersey CHW Institute supports the development of CHW groups; Carol Wolff, (856) 963-2432, ext. 202;


New Mexico Community Health Workers Association

Bette Jo Ciesielski, (505) 255-1227,


Statewide: Community Health Worker Network of New York State  

New York City: Community Health Worker Network of NYC  
Sergio Matos, Executive Director, (212) 481-7667,
Romy Rodriguez, Chair,

Community Health Workers Association of Rochester:

Glenda Blanco, Chair, (585) 922-3507,


Ohio Community Health Worker Association
Jewel Bell, President, (513) 464-8404,


Oregon Community Health Workers Association
Teresa Ríos, (503) 988-6250, ext. 28686,
Veronica Lopez Ericksen, (503) 988-5055, ext. 28061,



Community Health Worker Association of Rhode Island


Beth Lamarre, Coordinator, (401) 270-0101, ext 149;


South Texas Promotora Association
Merida Escobar, President/CEO, (956) 383-5393,


Washington Community Health Worker Network
Lilia Gomez, (360) 786-9722, ext. 230,
Seth Doyle, (206) 783-3004, ext. 16,  

Other National CHW Resources

National Día de la Mujer Latina Promotores Network; Venus Ginés, M.A. P/CHWI  

PH: (713) 798-5715; Toll-Free: (877) 518-8889

Día de la Mujer Latina™, or DML, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to educating and eliminating health disparities in access to care and early detection screening among Latinas, via its signature Promotores/Community Health Worker (P/CHWs) training program and health fiestas since 1997. Founded by a Latina breast cancer survivor, chair of the HHS National Promotores Initiative, and Texas State Certified Instructor, Venus Ginés, DML is an approved Texas State Health Sponsored Certification Training Program, conducting 160-hour bilingual training on eight Core Competencies: Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Coordination of Services, Community Capacity Building, Advocacy, Teaching, Organization and Knowledge-based, including diabetes, hypertension, breast and cervical cancer, STDs (HPV & HIV), Autism and Heart disease. DML’s P/CHW Network is comprised of 300 Promotores within 39 cities across the United States and Puerto Rico, with many of these P/CHWs serving as patient navigators for those participants at DML Health Fiestas, who needed follow up care after their initial screening. 

New Goals for APHA 2011: Less Trash! Less Plastic!

The 2011 APHA Annual Meeting theme "Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies" gives APHA members an opportunity to build on the 2009 and 2010 themes of Water and Social Justice as public health priorities. The APHA Food and Environment Working Group, the Environment Section's 100th Anniversary Committee, and APHA are setting goals to reduce waste and promote a sustainable, just, and healthy food and water system.  We encourage everyone at APHA 2011 to increase efforts to reduce trash, especially paper and plastic.


 The Diversion Rate (the recycling/trash ratio) in D.C. at APHA 2007 was 34 percent.

The Diversion Rate in Denver at APHA 2010 was 52.75 percent

Can we achieve a Diversion rate of 75 percent at APHA 2011?


The D.C. Convention Center’s water fountains and food service sinks provide filtered water! Bring your own refillable bottle to the conference to cut down on plastic waste. Plan events using local resources and services that encourage wise use of water and other resources. If you need advice or suggestions, contact us:  Buy food sourced from sustainable producers and distributors.  Take advantage of the DC Convention Center's Green Initiatives, and learn more about APHA 2011 Environmental Initiatives:



The APHA Food and Environment Working Group is a multi-disciplinary collaboration across APHA Sections, housed in the Food & Nutrition and Environment Sections. Colleagues work together to protect public health by promoting and cultivating a safe, healthy, just and sustainable food system.  If you would like to work with us toward these goals, contact Rebecca Klein,, Working Group membership is open to all APHA members.


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Bottled Water Myths


Bottled Water: Get the Facts 

Update on APHA Book Publications – June 2011

I am very pleased to announce that there are a number books in production as well proposals for books that have been accepted, and work on them is under way.  Furthermore, several authors of current products will be available to sign their books at the fall APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

APHA members of all Sections are encouraged to using existing, new and emerging products in their academic courses. These resources are also very relevant to policy, prevention, advocacy and client care initiatives. Please encourage your colleagues to use these timely and evidence-based resources.  Go to the APHA website to find out more: 

Among the new books:  Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States, Authors: Robert D. Bullard, PhD; Glenn S. Johnson, PhD; and Angel O. Torres, MCP 

We are also looking for new proposals for books. If you have an idea for a book, please send a few paragraphs describing the idea, intended audience and your qualifications to Nina Tristani, Director of Publications, APHA,

Thank you for supporting APHA Books and promoting these products.

Norman Giesbrecht, PhD, Chair, APHA Publications Board

Public Health & Transportation

These are exciting times when considering the many ways our transportation systems impact health and equity in our communities. Congress extended the current federal surface transportation bill until Sept. 30, 2011, and Congressional committees are aiming to draft a new transportation bill before this latest extension ends.

Want to learn more about the connections between transportation, equity and health? View our archived webinar series, subscribe to the monthly transportation and health eNewsletter that offers an array of new events and updates, and download the newly released online public health and transportation toolkit and accompanying resources today.

We also invite you to send a message to your members of Congress urging that they ensure that strong public health provisions are included in the federal surface transportation reauthorization. For more information, visit

APHA Membership Information

For those of you who are not members of the CHW Section or APHA itself, please consider joining us! If you are a member of APHA, the CHW Section also welcomes you to join us as a primary member.


If you are unable to select the CHW Section as your primary affiliation in APHA, please consider electing the CHW Section as a secondary section, and you will receive our CHW newsletter!


For those of you who are not yet members of APHA, there are many options for membership:

· A Special Community Health Worker subsidized membership ($65 annually for those whose income is under $30,000 annually);

· A consumer subsidized membership ($65 annually for those who do not derive income from health related activities);

· A Student/Trainee subsidized membership ($50 annually for those enrolled in a college or university or occupied in a formal training program);

· Regular membership is $160 annually.


Memberships include all benefits such as the American Journal of Public Health and The Nation’s Health.  For details on how to become a member of APHA and how to designate the CHW Section as your Section, please call (202) 777-APHA. You can also check out APHA's Web site at or e-mail


In the event you cannot become an official member of APHA, we still need your wisdom, support, knowledge and power. Please feel free to contact any of the officers listed in this newsletter about the CHW Section and how you can be involved.

APHA 2011 Community Health Worker Section Council

2011 Chair

Governing Council Representative

Lisa Renee Holderby

Tel: (617)524-6696, ext. 102


2011 Chair-elect

Maria Lourdes Fernández

College of Public Health, University of Arizona

AZ Community Health Outreach Workers Network

Tel: (520) 364-6495


Governing Council Representative

Education Board Representative


Carl H. Rush

Community Resources, LLC

Tel: (210) 745-0560



Susan Mayfield-Johnson

Center for Sustainable Health Outreach

University of Southern Mississippi

Tel: (601) 266-6266


Governing Council Representative

Action Board Representative – JPC

Education Board Representative

Durrell Fox

New England HIV Education Consortium

and Massachusetts Association of

Community Health Workers

Tel: (617) 262-5657


Program Planners

Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox

Tel: (617) 524-6696, ext. 102


Gail Hirsch

Tel: (617) 624-6016


Pamela Aguilar


Communication/Newsletter Co-chair

Gail Hirsch

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

and Massachusetts Association of

Community Health Workers

Tel: (617) 624-6016


Communication/Newsletter Co-chair

Molly Martin

Rush University

(312) 942-2540



Education y Capacitación Committee Co-Chair

Immediate Past Chair

Sergio Matos

Community Health Worker Network of

NYC and Columbia University

Mailman School of Public Health

Tel: (212) 304-6415


Education y Capacitación Committee Co-Chair

Joanne Calista

Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center

Tel: (508) 756-6676, ext. 10


Policy Co-chair

Anne Willaert

Tel: (507) 389-7347


Policy Co-chair

Jewel Bell

Ohio CHW Association

Tel: (513) 425-7856


Nominations Committee Chair

E. Lee Rosenthal

University of Texas at El Paso

Tel: (915) 747-8233



Liaison to Other APHA Section, SPIGs & Caucuses Co-chair

Colleen Reinert

Migrant Health Promotion

Tel: (734) 944-0244



Special Advisor

Nell Brownstein

Centers for Disease Control &Prevention

Tel: (770) 488-2570


Section Councilors


Cindy Marti Martin



Pamela Aguilar, LPN

Chickasaw Nation Industries

National CHR PCC Training Coordinator

Tel: (405) 331-9859



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