Community Health Workers
Section Newsletter
Winter 2010

Message from the Chair



Traditionally I’ve written letters from the chair focused on national issues of interest to CHWs and Section activities.  There has been a recent tragedy that takes precedence over the traditional letter from the chair. The earthquake in Haiti has left many without basic necessities, including food and shelter.  Many of our colleagues have family in Haiti and are left to wonder about the safety of loved ones.  To all of those affected, I send blessings and hopes for word from family they have not heard from yet.


Haiti has a long tradition of community health workers, often called “accompagnateurs” -- many of whom have connections to the United States through Partners in Health and other development organizations.  Our roles and dedication to our communities are the same across the water, and this is the bond that ties us. We are all members of the same work force, regardless of our various job titles. We need to band together even more strongly in this great time of need.  Let’s use our collective energy to assist the communities and the CHWs in Haiti. Give what you can give in time, donations, prayers or whatever you are able; nothing is too small.  Assist to make change in communities afar, as we make change in our own communities.


Community health workers have made a difference in times of tragedy in the United States. Many of us personally know colleagues who put community first during Hurricane Katrina. Although we may not know the individual CHWs in Haiti, we can assume when able they have risen to the occasion.  We hear of the role of the much needed medical teams of doctors and nurses in assisting the residents of Haiti. I urge us all to remember the role our counterparts, as long trusted members of the communities, have had and will continue to have as Haiti recovers. I don’t pretend to know the magnitude of the damage which has occurred. I do know that alongside the doctors, nurses and other public health professionals, CHWs are doing what they can to find the much needed resources to make their communities whole. This is what CHWs do best whether here in the United States or abroad. 


APHA’s International Health Section has information on the Web site for those interested in making donations, assisting in other ways or wanting to know more about the U.S. response. Please visit to find information.  Even if you choose not to donate, there are many reputable organizations needing our assistance in many ways to make the daily life of Haitians just a little easier. As time goes on  and media coverage wanes, it will be easy to forget the needs and pain of those currently making front page headlines.  We don’t turn our backs on those in need at home; please don’t turn your backs to the communities of Haiti.


Lisa Renee Holderby

CHW Section Policy Corner

2010 Census Reminder!

In 2004, the team developing the CHW National Workforce Study for the Health Resources and Services Administration noted that there were no employer data or Census figures for the number of CHWs nationally. This lack of data, coupled with the U.S. Labor Department’s announcement that it would be considering the first series of revisions to its Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system in time for the 2010 Census, spurred the CHW Section Policy Committee to develop a consensus definition of the occupation of the CHW. After much debate over a year and a half, the Committee’s definition was submitted to the Labor Department for consideration. HRSA also recommended officially that such a category be created.  Consequently the final SOC revisions include a separate classification for CHWs.  We encourage you to check this box so that we will be counted.


A Call to Action

In our Fall 2009 Issue, Durrell Fox asked all CHW Section members to respond to APHA Action Alerts and participate in APHA legislative advocacy activities and monthly calls. We need our voices heard and our views represented in these discussions and activities:


Please respond to APHA Action Alerts and take action by contacting your members of Congress. 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 e-mails will come from the e-mail address and will include monthly legislative updates that list the call-in information for monthly legislative update calls. You can navigate to APHA Advocacy and Policy through or go to this link to directly connect to Action Alerts: We also urge you to get involved or continue your involvement in the APHA Public Health ACTion (PHACT) Campaign, which jumps into high gear during each August Congressional recess, but this year also continues through the fall. For more information and to get involved with PHACT and to access the APHA Health Reform Advocacy Toolkit please follow this link:


Committee Members Needed: The mission of the Policy Committee of the CHW Section is to engage and organize members who will work to analyze, respond to, and help shape public policy at the national, state and local level related to the community health worker profession.  (APHA priorities: access to care, reducing health disparities and supporting public health infrastructure)


We are looking for new members to join this committee.  If you are interested in joining the Policy Committee, we will convene by conference call every other month on the second Friday of each of those months.  Our next meeting will be on March. 12, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. ET.  An agenda and call-in number will be sent out.  If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Anne Willaert at or Jewel L. Bell at





The CHW SPIG achieved SECTION status!!  This application was submitted in August 2009 and approved by the Inter-Sectional Council, Executive Board and Governing Council.  Now that we have become a SECTION, we will have designated representation on the Governing Council, and provide the opportunity for CHWs and our allies and partners to run for the unaffiliated at-large seats in addition.


APHA’S Governing Council voted and approved proposed policy, A-1, Support for Community Health Workers to Increase Health Access and to Reduce Health Inequities” at APHA’s 137th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.  The full policy is posted online at 

The policy is “20091 Community Health Workers;” it is follow-up to the 2001 APHA policy recognizing and supporting community health workers’ role in meeting health care needs. It recognizes a community health worker definition; identifies challenges to community health worker workforce development; calls for raising awareness of community health workers; supports strong continuing education and capacity building and calls for reimbursement for community health worker services.


Our Annual General Business Meeting was well attended. Dr Kyu Rhee, Chief Public Health Officer at HRSA, shared that U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is very supportive of CHWs, and asked to establish formal contact between HRSA and the CHW Section. Carol Wolff of the Camden AHEC in NJ also shared national AHEC interests to develop a more formalized relationship with our Section.




Aaron Shakow, who works with the Prevention and Access to Care and Treatment (PACT) Project in Dorchester, Mass., and Rebecca Pollard, of Phillip Johnston Associates (legislative affairs consultants) generously offered to work with us to discuss and achieve a national strategy for CHW-focused congressional outreach.  It was approximately a seven-day, around-the-clock project, and the Provisions in the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” related to Community Health Workers was complete.  In this document we identified sections of the latest House and Senate bills that we believe will strengthen this effort and ought to be maintained as the chambers negotiate a final bill.  We also outlined some provisions in the bill in which we recommend adding language that will specifically allow community health workers to play a greater role in improving health outcomes and lessening health inequities.  You can go to this link to review the document:   Thanks to all that were able to participate in the development of, and support for, by signing this important document.




Don Proulx of the University of Arizona, representing the National AHEC Organization (NAO), says they have discussed the feasibility of developing more formalized collaboration between the NAO CHW Workgroup and our Section.  They also have an interest in developing a white paper for NAO on the growing/expanding role of CHWs in the work force, particularly within the current climate and future direction of health care reform.  We are beginning talks with NAO for future collaborations.


Leadership Development for a Growing Section

Now that we have become a Section, opportunities have opened up for Section members to become more involved in leadership roles both in the Section and within APHA.  At the time of this writing, the Section is seeking nominations for a chair-elect and secretary.  The chair-elect position will begin following an election to be held in March 2010. The chair-elect term will begin in March 2010 and last through the 2010 APHA Annual Meeting, when the chair-elect will begin to serve as Section chair from 2010-2012.  Following that, the Section is looking for a second chair-elect to step in during the fall of 2010.  Other important roles such as Section Governing Council Member and Section Councilor also need to be identified. In addition to considering service within the Section leadership, remember to vote in our elections; bring your voice into our Section work.


Considering service with the Section is a significant commitment, but one with many rewards and one in which there is real opportunity to make a difference.  If you think you might be the right person for one of our many “jobs,” reach out and let us know. Consider this important opportunity to help move the field ahead as we become a vital and stronger part of APHA and as recognition for the field continues to deepen in many ways.   As you work on the national level, no one wants to see local work suffer, but we need to borrow your strength and vision to help us grow even more than we already have at APHA.  Getting involved now will strengthen the bond between CHW leaders and their allies from your community with the Section, opening the door wider for your program to make a contribution to the Section and to improving public health and the CHW role in that process for many years to come.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions, thoughts, or contact our current chair, Lisa Renee Holderby.


E. Lee Rosenthal:

Lisa Renee Holderby:

CHW Section Program Responds to APHA Theme of Social Justice

The CHW Section APHA Annual Meeting P rogram Planning Committee embraced the theme “Social Justice” with great enthusiasm, creating responsive and innovative sessions. Our format for the 2010 meeting will consist of two Poster Sessions, one Roundtable Session, one Training Session, one Invited Session and four Scientific Sessions.  Session themes include:

·         Innovative CHW Curricula: Addressing Core Competencies and Social Justice

·         Supporting Community Health Workers as Members of Health Teams: Policies and Systems Changes

·         Poster Session slot

·         Establishing Successful Community Health Worker Business Models: What Works

·         Social Entrepreneurs: CHW Contributions to Health Literacy, Medical Homes and Health Reform

·         Perspectives of CHWs on the Social Justice Issues Affecting the Health of Our Communities

·         Developing Local Associations and Networks: Opportunities and Challenges


We will continue to have two of our largest business meetings during the evening hours in order to ensure everyone’s participation.  They are the Education y Capacitacíon Committee and our General Business Meeting. Dates and times will be forthcoming in the next couple of months.  Other business meetings open to the membership of the Section are Member Orientation, CHW Section Policy Committee, and the CHW Section Program Planning Meeting.


Registration for the Annual Meeting will open in the spring; go to: Don’t forget when you register to make sure you name the CHW Section as your affiliation. Looking forward to seeing you in rustic yet modern Denver!!

CHWs and Social Justice


The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting is “Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative,” and community health workers have a vital role to play in addressing social justice issues.  For one important perspective, we can turn our attention to a recent commentary in the American Journal of Public Health, “Community Health Workers: Social Justice and Policy Advocates for Community Health and Well-Being,” by Leda M. Pérez, PhD, and Jacqueline Martinez, MPH.


This commentary addresses how CHWs are resources to their communities and to the advocacy and policy world on several levels, connecting people to care and gathering information from their communities to help shape better public health policy, acting as advocates for social justice. Please read this important article at Am J Public Health. 2008;98:11–14. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2006.100842.

Community Advocacy Survey

Dear Community Health Workers!


The Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion (CRCPHP) at the University of Arizona is initiating a national survey on CHW community advocacy called Acción Para La Salud/Action for Health. The idea for the survey grew out of collaborative work between the CRCPHP, one of the CDC funded Prevention Research Centers, and the Arizona Community Health Worker Network.  In 2007, we conducted a study of community advocacy activities among CHWs in Arizona, the results of which can be found at:  Through this survey, we became aware that although advocacy is considered a core competency for CHWs, little is known about the extent of CHW community advocacy nationally.  We decided to conduct a similar survey with CHWs nationwide and include questions about: Job description and activities; Training; Capacity building, or experience; Leadership skills; and Advocacy activities. 


Through this survey the CRCPHP hopes to learn more about the advocacy work of community health workers and especially about community advocacy. If you would like to participate and you are currently working as a community health worker (also known as promotor(a) de salud, lay health worker, lay health advisor, patient navigator, community health representative, and community health aide) please place this link in your Web browser address line:  





Also, look for the survey at upcoming CHW conferences! 



Maia Ingram

Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

PO Box 245209

Tucson, AZ 85724

(520) 626-2267

Massachusetts: New State Report Finds Community Health Workers Help Improve Health Care Access and Quality

On Jan. 14, 2010, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health released a major new report on the key role that community health workers play in improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities among Massachusetts residents. The report, Community Health Workers in Massachusetts: Improving Health Care and Public Health, was produced by the Community Health Worker Advisory Council, a group of public and private sector leaders convened as a result of the landmark 2006 Massachusetts health care reform law. The report was unveiled by Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby and Department of Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach at an event at the State House.

"As we continue to address issues of health care access, cost, and quality, this report provides valuable information about effective models for improving the health of vulnerable populations," Bigby said. "We thank the Community Health Worker Advisory Council for its hard work, thorough research, and creativity in recommending opportunities for strengthening health systems in Massachusetts. We will use this report to inform our work on reforms in primary care to develop patient-centered medical homes."

The umbrella term "community health worker" refers to public health workers who typically come from the communities they serve and focus their efforts in home and community-based health education, outreach, advocacy and health system navigation. The report found that Massachusetts has nearly 3,000 community health workers working under various job titles in hospitals, community health centers, immigrant and refugee service providers, public health programs and other settings across the state.

In preparing the report, the Community Health Workers Advisory Council found strong evidence showing that CHWs are effective in:

  • Assisting individuals and families to obtain and maintain health insurance;
  • Increasing access to and use of preventive education, screenings and treatment services;
  • Reducing unnecessary use of urgent care;
  • Improving self-management of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure; and
  • Strengthening patient health literacy and culturally competent provider practices.

DPH Commissioner Auerbach said, "This document will not only influence work in Massachusetts, but it also adds to the growing national body of evidence that community health workers need to be integrated into health care reform at all levels."

The report also found significant challenges for the CHW work force, including low wages, high turnover, and limited job security due to a dependence on grant funding. The report includes 34 recommendations related to four categories — professional identity, workforce development, financing, and infrastructure development — as ways to address these challenges.

The full text of Community Health Workers in Massachusetts: Improving Health Care and Public Health is available online from the Department of Public Health at   The Department of Public Health has, in response to the recommendation for statewide infrastructure, established the Office of Community Health Workers:


You can download a version of this press release in available foreign languages:

·         Portuguese (PDF) | Word

·         Spanish (PDF) | Word


For more information, contact Gail Hirsch, Director, Office of Community Health Workers at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health,, (617) 624-6016. 

Collaborating In CHW Certification Efforts

If we have learned anything from the health care reform initiative, it is evident that change takes time, change takes effort, and change can be difficult. As New Mexico and other states increase efforts in developing CHW curriculums and certification, we can utilize information that has already been developed by other states toward this endeavor. In attending the APHA Annual Meeting in November 2009, I had the opportunity to attend poster sessions regarding CHW curriculum development, where states illustrated some of the work that has already been done around the country. As the current economy poses challenges in keeping CHW programs funded and jobs are lost, the key is to emphasize the cost savings that utilizing CHWs has on health care dollars. CHW programs do this by addressing the underlying causes of poor health and working as part of the health care team. We must prepare for change.


“Who Moved My Cheese,” the simple parable written by Spencer Johnson, MD, suggests ways to deal with unexpected change. He states the following:

  • Change Happens — they keep moving the cheese.
  • Anticipate Change — get ready for the cheese to move. 
  • Monitor Change — smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old. 
  • Adapt to Change Quickly —.the quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy new cheese. 
  • Change — move with the cheese.
  • Enjoy Change —savor the adventure and enjoy the taste of new cheese.
  • Be Ready to Quickly Change and Enjoy It, Again — they keep moving the cheese.


He writes that we can learn by reading “The Handwriting on the Wall” — one of the characters in the book writes what he has learned on the maze wall so that others can benefit from it and learn from his experience. That is what we can all do regarding CHW curriculum and certification; we can collaborate and learn from each other to continue to develop the emerging CHW work force, linking disadvantaged communities to health care, education and working toward positive health outcomes. 


Sewell Foundation Funds CHW Scholarships to APHA Annual Meeting

Here you will find several firsthand accounts from CHWs of their memorable experiences attending APHA’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.


A Report on the 137th APHA Annual Meeting, by Javad Rajai Dari, Russian and Arabic Medical Interpreter and Community Health Worker


First off, I just wanted to thank the Sewell Foundation for this great chance in attending the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. My experience at the APHA Annual Meeting was really interesting. There were many new useful ideas being suggested at different sessions. As we all know, CHWs have an active role in social change towards a healthy and dignified life. CHWs are in charge of raising awareness and identifying interests and needs in order to help the people in society. CHWs provide feedback and help to access vital and effective health care services. One of the most creative improvements I learned about was developing an online database for CHW interactions, data collection, case management and community activities to CHW interventions.


In another presentation, I found several points interesting and effective in improving social and health services. In order to improve public health and success, we need to better future trainings, add more activities, create trusted relationships with clients, and take down social cultural barriers between communities and health or social service systems. To have a greater sense of a problem, gathering information to help health providers would clearly promote guaranteed success. The social health services should build individual and community bonds through a range of activities such as outreach activities, home visits and social counseling. To solve social problems, CHWs should satisfy better qualities in training, advocacy, teaching, clinical advice, disease training, health promotions and community relations.


Many training resources are available in order to create improvements. Health education and advocacy to individuals and communities play a great role in public health and awareness in the society. Data collection is great positive feedback, providing the health and social organizations and communities with lots of information and knowledge. Patient education is the best way to raise awareness and spread knowledge by community organizations at community events.


CHWs advise the community through leadership, public resources, outreach, reform, and by providing social services. Another way for CHWs to succeed is to be committed at all times to train, educate, and manage support. CHWs must make bonds with the community organizations like churches.


Mamnunul Haq, Community Health Worker, DREAM Project, NYU School of Medicine

My first time at the APHA Annual Meeting was a memorable one. It was exciting and interesting to get in touch with so many people, especially at such a large conference. This conference gave me an opportunity to get in contact with APHA, community health workers and the Community Health Workers SPIG Council. It's remarkable and laudatory that the CHW SPIG application for "section" status has been reviewed by APHA and we are now officially a CHW Section.

I was able to participate in a number of workshops. The first two were the Meeting and Member Orientation along with the CHW Education y Capacitacion Committee.  At the Membership Orientation I was informed about the offered workshops and who was holding them.

I am a participating member of the NYC CHW Network.  At the CHW Education y Capacitacion meeting we were invited to participate in finalizing the vision and mission statements, as well as to review the historical meeting minute and comment and decide upon the next committee conference call. We were also able to discuss and decide about policy issues. We spoke about the emerging issues in the training of CHWs. Similarly, we were able to discuss the collaboration of the policies with the CHW Section Policy Committee. Some issues of concern were CHW training at academic institutions vs. at CBOs, CHW certification, employment sector development and more.  We were also able to establish “E y C” work groups. The evening of Nov. 9 we were invited to attend a social/reception hour for the CHWs. At the reception we were able to celebrate our acceptance as a Section. It gave us an opportunity to meet other CHWs aspiring to make a difference. We were also able to meet many of the governing members. Tuesday, Nov. 10 I was able to attend the general CHW business meeting. Thank you for the opportunity to attend this Annual Meeting. 


Centro Comunitario Juan Diego Promotoras de Salud, Stephanie Puente and Nora Coronado


Reflection on Participation at the APHA Annual Meeting        


It was with great honor that both Nora Coronado and I, Stephanie Puente, attended the APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. We are ever so grateful to Dr. Molly Martin and members of the Community Health Worker Section who extended us an invitation to not only attend but assist in Dr. Martin’s presentation.  Through our participation in not only the workshops sponsored by the Community Health Workers Section as well as those sponsored by the other sections, both Nora and I were able to meet with community health workers and public health professionals from all over the country, gain knowledge and tools that will improve CCJD’s outreach and health education efforts, and engage in dialogue with our peers over challenges we all share such as the pending debate over certification of community health workers. 


Nora and I felt very fortunate to have been selected to attend the APHA Annual Meeting because we realize that it is not economically feasible for many organizations to register their community health workers to the attend the conference. Therefore, Nora and I made an effort to attend as many workshop sessions sponsored by not only the Community Health Workers Section but also by other sections and SPIGs in order to acquire new tools and resources that we can share with our fellow promotoras de salud not only at Centro Comunitario Juan Diego but also throughout the Chicago metropolitan region and Northwest Indiana. It was exciting to see what programs and concepts are successful at other community centers, clinics and communities. We found it valuable to learn about new ideas that could possibly work and thus, improve our programming at Centro Comunitario Juan Diego.


The most valuable resource for us at the APHA Annual Meeting was the opportunity to meet and associate with not only community health workers from Illinois but also from all over the country. The CHW Section sponsored seminars that served as the perfect vehicle for all us community health workers to be sincere with each other and share our concerns, struggles, and successes. It was comforting for Nora and me to know that the promotoras at CCJD are not the only ones who face challenges in our work and the recognition of our work. More than just a bonding experience, these seminars allowed us CHWs to work together to find possible unique solutions to our problems such as that of certification of community health workers or evaluation methods. It would be great if these seminars were offered more frequently and outside of the conference in other cities because these resources are valuable to all community health workers. These seminars help us learn and grow as community health workers because we learned new practices and ideas from our peers. To be an effective community health worker we must keep up with the trends in not only public health but also the increasing use of technology in our health education and outreach efforts.


The new skills, knowledge, resources, and tools Nora and I acquired at the APHA Annual Meeting will aid Centro Comunitario Juan Diego in organizing and successfully holding its first annual promotoras de salud conference in March 2010 at the University of Illinois-Chicago Public School of Health.


Greetings from a 40-Year-Old Section: Community Health Planning and Policy Development


Last year, the Community Health Planning and Policy Development (CHPPD) Section turned 40.  As Chair-elect Amy Carroll-Scott and I received the plaque from APHA on behalf of the Section, I was struck by how much the Section shared with the 350 original members, and yet how much we had grown.


In 1970, at the Section’s first Annual Meeting, topics focused on “health planning,” “health information systems,” “social change” and “role of government.”  Now health planning not only refers to health facilities planning, but community inter-sectoral planning.  Health information systems include informatics and technology. We are relearning how to recognize social changes and linkages with determinants of health.  Role of government is discussed in the context of “health in all policies.”  The Section membership is about 1,700 members strong.


This year, the CHPPD Section is working with the Medical Care Section on a combined special session describing the medical home/health home model of primary care from different points of view, and is also developing a policy paper on the topic. Section member Roy Grant ( is organizing the session and would be happy to answer any questions. Other special sessions members have been working on for the 2010 Annual Meeting are related to health information technology, health advocacy and photo journals as a tool for advocacy and education. We have always admired the CHW SPIG for your level of membership engagement, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with the CHW Section.

APHA Nominating Committee Seeks Potential Candidates for APHA Leadership Positions in 2010


The Nominating Committee for APHA's Governing Council is looking for the following candidates for leadership roles in the organization:


  • APHA President Elect (three year commitment one-year each as president-elect, president and past-president)
  • Executive board – three positions available (4-year term)
  • Speaker of the Governing Council (3-year term)
  • Treasurer (3-year term)

The APHA Governing Council will vote to select these officers at the November (2010) meeting, and they would begin serving immediately after the APHA conference (so terms would start Nov. 10, 2010).


As I'm sure you know, the next APHA Annual Meeting is Nov. 6-10, 2010, in Denver.


Applications are due March 31, 2010 and should include the relevant (attached) one-page form along with resume/CV of the nominee, and any letters of support. The nominating committee will meet May 6 to select the list of nominees for consideration by the Governing Council at the 2010 Annual Meeting.


We hope you will be able to think of individuals who would be excellent candidates for the above positions. 


Should you or a potential candidate wish further information on these positions, please refer to the job descriptions and nomination form available on the APHA Web site at:


If you are interested in running, we suggest you contact your APHA Section, SPIG, Caucus and/or Forum leadership to solicit their support and assistance with your nomination. 


All nominees for the Executive Board are selected from among the membership of the Association, except that the nominees for  Honorary Vice-President may include persons who are not members of the Association.


For more information on the Nominating Committee, contact Ida Plummer via e-mail at

CHW Association and Network Corner: CHWs Are Organizing

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, accessing

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.


National CHW Associations


American Association of Community Health Workers: Durrell Fox  and Pam Chapman, co-chairs.


American Public Health Association CHW Section: Lisa Renee Holderby, chair, (617) 275-2813,;


Community Health Workers National Network Association: Wandy Hernandez Chair, Chicago Health Connections 957 W. Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60607; (312) 243-4772;  


National Association Community Health Representatives: Cindy Norris, President, PO Box 1064, Sells, AZ (502) 471-3487;



State/Regional CHW Organizations



Arizona Community Health Outreach Workers Network (AzCHOW), Of, By, and For Community Health Outreach Workers; Flor Redondo, chair;


The Community Health Worker/Promotoras Network, Maria Lemus, executive director, Vision Y Compromiso, 2536 Edwards Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530; (510) 232-7869; (510) 231-9954 fax; e-mail:, or Maria at


REACH-Workers – the Community Health Workers of Tampa Bay. Please contact Michelle Dublin, chairperson of the network, at (727)588-4018 or



Georgia Community Health Advisor Network, Gail McCray, Department of CH/PM

Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA  30310-1495

Ph: (404) 752-1645,


HAWAII – in process of forming CHW organization. Leimomi Shearer, CHW 69-A Railroad Ave, Hilo, Hawaii 96720



Chicago CHW Local Network.  Contact Laura Bahena.  1436 W. Randolph St. 4th Floor,Chicago, IL 60607.  Telephone (312) 243-4772 ext. 225.  Fax  (312) 243-4792.  E-mail   



Community Outreach Workers Association of Maryland, INC. (COWAM), 259 North Lanvale Street, Baltimore, Md. 21217, (410) 664-6949 or (410) 669-7960, Carol Payne,



Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW), Cindy Marti, policy director,, 434 Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain MA, 02130, (617) 524.6696 x108;



Michigan CHW Coalition, Celeste Sanchez at; (616) 328-4475.



Minnesota CHW Peer Network out of the Minnesota International Health Volunteers,
122 W. Franklin Ave. #522, Minneapolis, MN 55404, Anita Buel, vice chair,, Grace Anderson, chair or Andrea Leinberger (staff) (612) 230-3254


NEW JERSEY – no CHW organization but the NJ CHW Institute is supporting the development of CHW groups. Contact person Yvette Murry, Community Health Worker Institute, NJ AHEC/ UMDNJ-SOM,; 42 Laurel Road E., STE. 3200 Stratford, NJ 08084; (856) 566-6724.


New Mexico Community Health Workers Association (NMCHWA), P.O. Box 81433, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87198,,  (505) 255-1227


New York City -Community Health Worker Network of NYC; 425 E. 25 Street; New York, NY 10010; (212) 481-7667 Sergio Matos, executive director,  or Romy Rodriguez, Chair,; Web site:


Rochester - Rochester Outreach Workers Association (ROWA), Latisha Williams, chair, (585) 274-8490,



Ohio Community Health Worker Association, Vivian J. Anderson, MA, president, phone (614) 466-2247,;

Oregon Community Health Workers Association, 9000 N. Lombard Street--2nd Floor, Portland, OR 97203, (503) 988-3366, ext 28686, Teresa Ríos,, or Veronica Lopez Ericksen,




Rhode Island, In the process of forming a CHW Association; Shavon Smith, CHW, (401) 270-0101 ext 133;; 270 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI  02907



South Texas Promotora Association, Weslaco, Texas; Ramona Casas (956) 783-9293



Washington Community Health Worker Network

Lilia Gomez - (360) 786-9722 (ext 230) -

Seth Doyle - (206) 783-3004 (ext 16) -


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.


Twentieth Annual APHA Public Health Materials Contest


The APHA Public Health Education Health Promotion Section is soliciting your best health education, promotion and communication materials for the 20th annual competition. The contest provides a forum to showcase public health materials during the APHA Annual Meeting and recognizes professionals for their hard work.


All winners will be selected by panels of expert judges prior to the 138th APHA Annual Meeting in Denver.  A session will be held at the Annual Meeting to recognize winners, during which one representative from the top materials selected in each category will give a presentation about their material.


Entries will be accepted in three categories; printed materials, electronic materials, and other materials.  Entries for the contest are due by March 26, 2010.  Please contact Kira McGroarty at for additional contest entry information. 

CHW Section Executive Council 2010


2010 Chair

Lisa Renee Holderby

Community Catalyst

Tel: (617) 2752813


2010 Chair-elect




Carl H. Rush

Community Resources, LLC

Tel: (210) 7450560



Susan MayfieldJohnson

Center for Sustainable Health Outreach

University of Southern Mississippi

Tel: (601) 2666266


Governing Council Representative

Action Board Representative

Durrell Fox

New England HIV Education Consortium

and Massachusetts Association of

Community Health Workers

Tel: (617) 2625657


Program Planner

Teresa M. Hines

Continuing Medical Education

Paul L. Foster School of Medicine


Tel: (915) 7836210


Communication/Newsletter Co-chair

Gail Hirsch

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Tel: (617) 6246016


Communication/Newsletter Co-chair

Molly Martin

Rush University

(312) 942-2540


Education y Capacitación Committee Chair

Immediate Past Chair

Sergio Matos

Community Health Worker Network of

NYC and Columbia University

Mailman School of Public Health

Tel: (212) 3046415


Policy Co-chair

Anne Willaert

Health Education Industry Partnership

Tel: (507) 3812541


Policy Co-chair

Jewel Bell

Ohio CHW Association

Tel: (513) 4257856


Nominations Committee Co-chair

E. Lee Rosenthal

University of Texas at El Paso

Tel: (915) 7478233


Nominations Committee Co-chair

Lyzette Orr

Virginia Center for Health Outreach

(703) 228-1286


Liaison Committee Co-chair

Colleen Reinert

Migrant Health Promotion

Tel: (734) 9440244


Liaison Committee Co-chair

Samantha Sabo

University of Arizona

Tel: (520) 4192671


Special Advisor

Nell Brownstein

Centers for Disease Control &Prevention

Tel: (770) 4882570

Community Health Workers Newsletter Archives