Community Health Workers
Section Newsletter
Fall 2011

Message from the Chair

Greetings from Massachusetts!


My term as chair ends at the close of the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting. It has been an honor and my pleasure to serve the CHW field in this capacity! As I reflect on the past three years, I would like to share some of my observations. As I began my term as chair, there were several goals I had for the CHW Section (then SPIG). First, I hoped to improve and expand communications from the Section leadership to the membership. With the assistance of all of the leadership and in particular the newsletter and communications team, we have continued to develop and distribute three newsletters each year.  Most recently we have launched a Facebook page to enhance the capacity for Section communications. Section members have received at least three other communications each year, including nomination information for both Section and association leadership positions, Section updates and  invitations to join various Section workgroups and committees.


Additionally, I had hoped the Section leadership would become more diverse to represent the diversity of our membership. The Section leadership has worked very hard to enhance its diversity through recruitment of new members and opportunities for involvement in Section activities. We have been committed to ensuring that the Section leadership reflects our diverse membership. While we still have work to do, I’m proud to say that we have enhanced representation from the broader CHW community including CHRs, promotoras, researchers, state government, members from all aspects of CHW programming and other stakeholders.


In 2009 the CHW Section had a banner year! We not only achieved section status, we successfully drafted and submitted a new APHA CHW policy statement. Both were hopes for the Section early on, and both can be equally difficult to achieve. Those of you who worked on the policy statement and section status understand what challenging processes they both can be. The entire Section should be proud that we were able to be successful at both endeavors! 


We have become more engaged in Association-wide activities. During the past three years we have had Section members on the Governing Council, Action Board, Education Board, Joint Policy Committee, Policy Work Group and Executive Board. All are important as we continue to grow into and maintain our newly achieved section status. We need to continue to have representation in the above mentioned activities and expand to include additional Association activities, committees and boards.


As chair, I have had the pleasure of representing the Section at various conferences and meetings across the country. I’ve met wonderful and dedicated CHWs, promotores(as), CHRs and supporters all working hard to improve health in our communities and promote the field. This has been an amazing experience. I now have new relationships across the country and have enhanced prior relationships. I encourage all of you to consider becoming engaged in the Section leadership in the future.


While we have had many accomplishments over the past several years, we have many more ahead of us. Our incoming chair, Lourdes Fernandez, will bring new leadership, ideas and energy. Her leadership will propel the Section even further in our journey. As I begin my term as immediate past chair, I look forward to watching the new chair blossom into the strongest leader she can become.  Please offer your support and assistance to ensure Lourdes has a fruitful and successful tenure as Section chair. 


Again, I would like to thank the entire Section and in particular the Section Council for all of your work and support to bring the Section to a new level of success and participation in APHA.



Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox

Diverse and Exciting CHW Section Program Set for APHA 139th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC!

“Healthy communities promote healthy minds and bodies” is the theme of this year’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2011 . Community health workers play an integral role in our communities, and the CHW Section Program Planning Committee received an overwhelming number of abstracts – over 100. Our 2011 program consists of two poster sessions, two roundtable sessions, four scientific sessions, and a Special Invited Session: “ Integrating CHWs into Emerging Models of Care,” featuring two national leaders two national leaders in public health. Terris King of CMS and Dr. Allen Herman will address opportunities and strategies for integrating community health workers into emerging models of care under health reform. Our 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, and CHW leadership and sustainability.


As in the past we will have several business meetings. It is extremely important that our members participate as we will continue to develop our infrastructure as a Section, creating bylaws, committee positions, etc. Schedule for meetings is as follows: 

Ø  CHW Section Executive Board Meeting – Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m.

Ø  CHW Section Policy Committee Meeting – Monday, Oct. 31 at 7:00 a.m.

Ø  CHW Section General Business Meeting – Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Ø  CHW Section Education Y Capacitacion Meeting - Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 a.m.

Lastly, but certainly not least important, all are invited to attend the CHW Section Social Hour/Reception, which will be held Monday evening from 6:30 – 8:00.  All members are encouraged to come and meet, mingle and network. Please join us as we welcome new and old members alike!


To register for the APHA Annual Meeting and to view the CHW Section program and speakers, go to: Don’t forget when you register make sure you name the CHW Section as your affiliation. We look forward to seeing you in our nation’s capitol!


View the sessions sponsored by our section by visiting the interactive Online Program ( ). Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to stop by our new Section and SPIG Pavilion (Booth 3073) in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA. For more information about the Annual Meeting visit

CHW Section Announces CHW Scholarships

With generous 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, and allows CHWs to bring their knowledge, experience and commitment to APHA. Scholarship awardees from out of town will receive funding to help pay for transportation, room and board, meals and/or registration fees. 

This year, the CHW Section received an enormous amount of applications for consideration. The following were recognized as recipients of this year’s Harold and Grace Sewell Trust Fund’s support of CHWs to attend APHA:

Lorena Verdugo, Tucson, Arizona

Laura Bahena, Chicago, Illinois

Tammie Yazzie, Tohatchi, New Mexico

Ethel Livingston, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Comfort Dondo-Dewey, New Brighton, Minnesota

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. 



State and National CHW Policy Updates

National Policy Update


It's been a busy summer for state policy regarding CHWs!  After our last newsletter, the Rhode Island legislature passed a bill (S 481) creating a health equity commission, which is directed in the bill to study the potential role of CHWs. This follows a Texas bill (HB 2610) directing a comprehensive study of sustainability for the CHW workforce, and Oregon HB 3650, creating an "Integrated and Coordinated Health Care Delivery System to replace managed care systems for recipients of medical assistance" by 2014. The Oregon system would by law require a substantial role for CHWs.


The Texas Department of State Health Services is actively working to put together resources for a substantive study, which must be completed by the fall of 2012. The Indiana Department of Public Health is also reportedly seeking to conduct a study of the CHW field. Indiana has had a successful Prenatal Care Coordination

Program, which requires standard qualifications for CHWs for a number of years and is in danger of losing support from the state's Medicaid program.


The Florida Department of Health has supported the creation of a new Florida CHW Coalition, which has been meeting since June. The Coalition has an ambitious agenda to build a statewide network and educate policymakers about the potential of CHWs.



New CHW Policy Center to Launch this Fall


The University of Texas Institute for Health Policy (part of their School of Public Health) has recently committed to create a Project on CHW Policy and Practice, which will specialize in supporting CHW policy initiatives around the country. Lead faculty member for UT will be Héctor Balcázar, regional dean for the School of Public Health's El Paso Campus. Other core team members for the new center are also active with the APHA CHW Section:  these include Lisa Renee Holderby, current Section chair, as well as Lee Rosenthal, Carl Rush and Jacqueline Scott. The formal announcement of the center will take place this fall.  For more information contact Dr Balcázar at

Coming Soon: CDC Community Health Worker eLearning Training

The Applied Research and Translation team at CDC, in partnership with the REACH Program, has developed an online training that is geared to promote policy and systems change to expand the employment of community health workers. The eLearning training contains six self-paced modules that cover topics from CHW roles and functions to lessons learned from states that have implemented CHW policies. The information in the training is not just specific to heart disease and stroke, but cuts across areas that employ CHWs. 


The target audience includes state program managers, coalition leaders, legislative liaisons and others who work on creating change through policy development and implementation. Not only will the training have narration, but technical assistance will be provided through conference calls, webinars and other means.  In addition, a process evaluation will occur to assess user satisfaction. A companion document will be made available that provides recommendations for states to move forward with work in this area after they have completed the training.  This training will be available on the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention  website in the fall of 2011.


For more information on the eLearning training, please contact Bernadette Ford Lattimore at

Michigan CHW Initiative Launched

Last month, Michigan jump-started efforts toward community health worker sustainability during a meeting titled Sustainable Funding for Community Health Worker Practice and Utilization in Michigan: Planning the Future.  On Aug. 18, 2011, o ver 70 stakeholders from multiple organizations and interest groups attended to hear about current state and national efforts, and were challenged to take action to work toward sustainability of CHWs in Michigan.


Attendees heard from local CHWs who provided an introduction to CHWs and the issues that they face. Researchers provided evidence of CHW effectiveness in Michigan in the areas of cancer screening, maternal/child mental health, diabetes and prenatal physical and mental health. Three keynote speakers shared invaluable information concerning the CHW sustainability effort: Dr. Erin Inman, director of Spectrum Health’s Healthier Communities, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Gail Hirsch, director of the Office of Community Health Workers, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston; and Joan Cleary, interim director of the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance.


Following the speaker presentations, meeting attendees participated in one of five work groups. These groups focused on education and training of community health workers, employment development, financing mechanisms, policy and systems, and community health worker leadership and support. All groups reported back to the larger audience their recommendations for key steps needed for moving forward. In the end, conference attendees provided very favorable reviews and excellent recommendations for future efforts.


An outcome of the meeting was the formation of the Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance, a collaboration of multiple stakeholders with the sole aim of promoting and maintaining CHW workforce sustainability in Michigan. The Alliance’s goals for the next six months include the creation of a strategic plan or drafting of a white paper, the formation of the Alliance’s core, a submitted grant application to support Alliance activities, and the implementation of Web-based communication.


The initial meeting, Sustainable Funding for Community Health Worker Practice and Utilization in Michigan: Planning the Future, was made possible through generous funding from the Nokomis Foundation to the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work.


For further information about this meeting or for questions you may have concerning it, please contact Katie Mitchell ( with the University of Michigan School of Social Work. A copy of the meeting’s agenda, attendees and final reports can be found at


For Health Reform, Community Health Workers are the Solution

I became a community health worker by accident. My nephew, who’d lived with us since he was born, was diagnosed with asthma at age two. Dad wanted to follow the medication protocol the doctors gave us; Mom believed in home remedies. It was hard for me to grasp what was happening. I needed to learn about the disease so I could ask the doctor questions. As I learned how to help my nephew control his asthma, I became an ad hoc community health worker. 


That was more than 19 years ago, when I lived in Peru. When I came to the United States, I had to spend a lot of time discovering how to do new things – how to maneuver the systems here – because no one else had answers for me. The health care system was so large. How did people know what questions to ask? Where did they go to find the answers? Why were they afraid to confront their doctors? It was these kinds of journeys that led me to finally become a professional community health worker, six years ago.


My first patient was a middle-aged man from Bangladesh who spoke limited English. After first talking outside his front door for 10 minutes, he invited me into his apartment where we conversed for another half hour, his wife and three children on the floor with us as I explained who I was. Finally, he showed me the boxes – two large moving boxes stuffed with thousands of sealed, never-been-opened envelopes. He asked me to read them.


The letters were from doctors and bill collectors and credit card companies. He told me to start with the medical ones. As I opened letter after letter, we quickly learned that one of his children had lead poisoning. What I did next was obvious to me but intimidating to them: I found the family a doctor, went with them to appointments, translated for doctor and patient. I was the only bridge they had to ensuring proper and accurate medical care.

I now work closely with the New York State Community Health Worker Initiative, which is launching a statewide network of CHWs and making bold recommendations on core competencies, training standards and financing streams that will allow CHWs to fan out across the state in larger numbers as frontline, trusted commissars — and to help those most profoundly in need.  


If we are to be successful in getting better outcomes overall – lower costs throughout the system and more people living longer, healthier lives – we must integrate what happens inside institutions with what happens outside, in our communities. I am a community health worker, and I do this every day.


CHW Section APHA Policy Corner

Hello everyone,


Welcome again to the CHW Section APHA Policy Corner. The purpose of this column is to bring APHA policy and advocacy-related information and news to CHW Section members and the broader CHW community. We also share information about CHW Section member leadership appointments, elections related to policy/advocacy and upcoming APHA policy and advocacy-related activities.


Durrell Fox’s campaign for Executive Board - I am a candidate for APHA Executive Board because I believe in the power and importance of public health science, practice and most importantly the ability to translate research and theory into practice effectively and efficiently. During my 21 years as a community health worker,  I’ve learned about the critical importance of both cultural diversity and diversity of disciplines on clinical and public health teams. As an Executive Board member I will focus on: 1) multicultural and multidisciplinary approaches to eliminating health disparities; 2) advocacy and policy development to “re-build”, strengthen and sustain a robust public health infrastructure; 3) enhanced APHA membership opportunities with outreach to the broader public health workforce; 4) community engagement initiatives in cities where we host our Annual Meeting; and 5) strategic action to progress the objectives of the recently re-crafted APHA strategic map. Elections for APHA President Elect and Executive Board will take place during the Governing Council session on Tuesday, Nov. 1.


Governing Council -The CHW Section has two current APHA Governing Councilors, Durrell Fox and Carl Rush, who both are full voting members, and Section Chair Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox holds an ex-officio seat. Our role on the Governing Council is to: 1) establish policies for the Association and for the guidance of the Executive Board and the officers;  2) receive and act upon reports or recommendations from any organization constituent, the Science Board, the Action Board, the Education Board, the Standing Committees and the Executive Board; 3) elect the Executive Board and the officers of the Association; and 4) oversee governance to establish, combine or discontinue sections or units of the Association. We have a mid-year call and three meeting sessions during the Annual Meeting to conduct our business.

Action Board – The CHW Section has one representative on the APHA Action Board and currently that is Durrell Fox, who last year served as chair of the Action Board. The Action Board helps coordinate the Association’s grassroots and grasstops advocacy activities and improves participation in advocacy initiatives among the Association’s Sections, SPIGs, Caucuses, state Affiliates and other components. We have monthly meetings, do a lot of work within our active subcommittees and host advocacy sessions during the Annual Meeting. This year we put a lot of effort into advocacy action during the Congressional August break, through the coordinated APHA campaign called, Public Health Action, or PHACT.


APHA Action Alerts - We are asking all CHW Section members to respond to APHA Action Alerts by contacting your Congressional Representatives and to participate in APHA legislative advocacy activities and monthly calls. APHA has a new system in place that has made it easier than ever for APHA members to quickly contact their members of congress.  Many of these emails will come from the email address. We need our voices heard and our views represented in these discussions and activities. To learn more visit


Below are some advocacy/policy activities happening during the Annual Meeting; we need continued and enhanced CHW Section membership involvement in our CHW sessions and:


A)   We need all CHWs, allies and partners to attend the hearings on APHA Proposed Policies on Sunday, Oct. 30, 3:30-6 p.m. If you are an active APHA member you can review 2011 proposed policies @ You can also visit the online program for the location for hearings on each proposed policy: After hearings the GC will vote on proposed policies during the Tuesday, Nov. 1 session. The hearings give us an opportunity to provide input and guidance on policies that are related to impact the CHW scope of practice and communities we serve.

B)   On Sunday, Oct. 30, APHA will host “Advocacy Training for Leaders” (8-11:30 a.m. in Wash. Conv. Center Rm 150B) and a “Training for Hill Visits” (2-3:30 p.m. in Wash. Conv. Center Rm 140A)

C)   On Monday, Oct. 31 there are sessions entitled “The Who, What and How of Advocacy” (12:30-2 p.m.) and “Mobilizing a Public Health Campaign” (2:30-4 p.m.) both in Wash. Conv. Center Rm 156.

Opportunities for CHWs to Take Action with Health Reform

This June, I had the honor of representing the CHW Section at APHA’s Midyear Meeting titled Implementing Health Reform: A Public Health Approach. I heard many smart speakers talk about the opportunities and challenges of national health reform, called the Affordable Care Act, and some even mentioned CHWs! The ACA lays the ground work for the United States to prioritize a wellness and prevention approach to health, and there are opportunities for CHWs to influence its development.


In my report to the CHW Section, I’ve highlighted ways CHWs can build support for the ACA, begin implementing pieces of the ACA on the local level, and share our expertise with people making important decisions about public health and health care.


Click here to read the report.  ( )

For more information about the midyear meeting, visit:

Check out APHA’s Advocacy Track at This Year’s Annual Meeting

APHA will host a one-day advocacy track of sessions during the 2011 Annual Meeting in D.C. on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, and all APHA members are encouraged to attend to hone their public health advocacy skills. For more detailed information regarding the particular sessions, refer to the 2011 online program ( ) and enter the session number to see the list of planned speakers and topics to be covered. Attendees will be eligible for CE credit.

Ø  “Nailing your policy: Creating APHA’s policy buddy system,” Session 3007.0, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

Ø  “Media Advocacy: Breaking through the crowded news cycle,” Session 3119.0, 10:30 a.m.

Ø  “The Who, What & How of Advocacy,” Session 3216.0, 12:30-2 p.m.

Ø  “Mobilizing a public health campaign,” Session 3318.0, 2:30-4 p.m.

Ø  “The Role of Social Media in Public Health,” Session 3417.0, 4:30 p.m.

New York State CHW Initiative Proposes Workforce Recommendations

NY State Community Health Worker Initiative forms working groups to recommend workforce financing and formalization strategies


The NYS Community Health Worker Initiative - a partnership between the CHW Network of NYC, the Community Health Worker Association of Rochester, Columbia University and the New York State Health Foundation, has released DRAFT recommendations for CHW scope of practice, training, credentialing and financing. These draft recommendations are the product of work conducted under the guidance and support of the project's Leadership Advisory Group made up of prominent New York leaders from the various CHW stakeholder sectors, including CHWs, heads of statewide professional associations, employers, funders, payers, regulators and elected officials.

CHWs and CHW advocates from networks in Rochester, Buffalo and NYC represented their constituencies on the Leadership Advisory Group. In addition to making up 25 percent of the Leadership Advisory Group membership, CHWs from the three regions also co-chaired the three working groups that developed these recommendations. 

The work groups developed draft recommendations in the following three areas.
1. CHW scope of practice
2. CHW training and credentialing
3. CHW financing

The scope of practice work group created three products to help guide the work of the other work groups. These include CHW Roles and Tasks, CHW Attributes and the actual recommendations.  In order to develop the CHW roles and tasks, the work group undertook a functional task analysis, which is a process used by labor segments to analyze and describe their workforce. Its sophistication provided a way to clearly articulate the differences between CHW roles and tasks and to identify the specific skills needed to accomplish those tasks. This sophisticated treatment of data generated from existing literature and from our own original scientific research on the CHW market also allowed us to identify a specific set of qualities associated with successful CHWs. These are attributes identified by both CHWs and their employers as essential personal qualities they look for when recruiting and hiring CHWs.

The Training/Credentialing work group made specific recommendations for CHW training content, training methods, training delivery and credentialing.

The Finance work group made recommendations for policy positions, demonstration initiatives and building the business case to the public, private and commercial sectors. In particular, this work group makes numerous recommendations for integration of CHWs in health reform innovations, including Medicaid redesign, Patient-centered Medical Homes, Health Homes, Accountable Care organizations and fee-for-performance demonstrations.


We hope to finalize these recommendations and present the final version to the Cuomo Administration and to the State of New York in the fall of 2011.  Anyone interested in these recommendations please visit our website or contact Sergio Matos at 



CHW Section Committee Updates: Policy Committee Update

The APHA Policy Council has not had an opportunity to meet this past quarter. We continue to move forward with three objectives that have been identified this past year. 

1.  Continue to work on developing an online accessible clearinghouse of evidence-based research to support the role of CHWs.

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

3.   Share information developed with advocates, researchers, CHWs and others. 

4.   Invite others to join the APHA CHW Policy Committee.


At the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting, the Policy Committee will be meeting and moving forward by identifying new leadership for the committee and establishing a strategic plan to address the above objectives as outlined in the 2011 – 2012 work plan. 


For more information on the APHA CHW Section Policy Committee or to join the committee, please feel free to contact Anne Willaert 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,

American Public Health Association 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.   

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, (508) 756-6676, ext. 23,  



Minnesota CHW Peer Network
Anita Buel, Chair, (612) 293-3502,  
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,


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,


Buffalo CHW Network,

Jessica Walker,


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, MA, P/CHWI  

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

Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation

APHA has recently released a list of 10 Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation. These policies recognize the various impacts that transportation policies can have on public health — they can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, asthma, obesity and mental health disorders — especially on vulnerable populations, including the elderly, the poor and individuals with disabilities. We believe that if transportation policies are reviewed and evaluated with these principles in mind, we will be better able to ensure that health and equity are well-represented. By holding transportation policies to a stated set of standards, we can encourage a transportation system that supports health, and direct funds to programs that improve health, equity and well-being. It is essential that other organizations — at the national, state and local level — demonstrate their support for these principles by joining us as signatories. Please sign on to show your organization’s support for these essential principles.

APHA 2011 Community Health Worker Section Council

2011 Chair

Governing Council Representative

Lisa Renee Holderby

Tel: (508) 756-6676, ext. 23


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

(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, MPH
National Capacity-Building Director
Migrant Health Promotion
7067 Strand Circle
Bradenton, FL 34203
(800) 461-8394, ext 1015


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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