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Community Health Worker - Archived Newsletters
Section Newsletter
Winter 2007

Message from the Chair

Warm greetings to all of our members, allies and supporters.  I write this message with winter in full swing and all the excitement of the New Year upon us. The Community Health Worker Special Primary Interest Group of the APHA continues to work to organize, support and develop the field of community health around the world. 

 

Founded in 1872, the APHA is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world.  APHA represents a broad array of health officials, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health providers at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions. The CHW SPIG is an important component of this global organization and brings the voice of community health workers to policy and practice issues important to our practice.

 

This is an especially exciting year for us and our field.  At the opening plenary session of the most recent APHA Annual Meeting, Dr. Paul Farmer urged the audience to consider utilizing CHWs to help improve access, appropriateness and efficiency of public health interventions.  In his plenary speech, Dr. Farmer, a world-renowned expert in public health efforts around the world, urged those in attendance to consider integrating CHWs into their interventions in an environment of dignity, respect and appropriate compensation.  After a brief moment of shock, a loud cheer rose from the audience upon hearing this pronouncement from such a prominent and respected leader in the field of public health.  This proclamation served to energize the meeting and lend energy to our efforts.  We look forward to the realization of those ideals.

 

Our newsletter editor, Gail Ballester, has put together this comprehensive and informative edition of our newsletter to provide an update of our current activities.  This edition contains reports on a number of recent events of significance to our field, including a final call for abstracts for the upcoming 135th annual meeting and convention to be held Nov. 3-7, 2007 in Washington, D.C.  This coming year, we again expect to provide a full three-day program consisting of scientific sessions, roundtables, and discussions.

 

This newsletter also includes reports on the recent CHW/Promotores Conference held on Dec. 6, 2006 and the very exciting conference recently held on Jan. 26 – 27, 2007 in Dallas to develop a research agenda for the CHW field.  This last effort was an enormous undertaking coordinated by Carl Rush and Lee Rosenthal to bring together CHWs, researchers, employers and supporters to consider the research issues that need to be addressed to support our field and develop an agenda around those issues. Read more about this ground-breaking conference below.

 

Please check our announcements for the upcoming UNITY 2007 conference to be held in Tampa, Florida in May 2007.  We have also included a research update on the utilization of CHWs in hypertension education, awareness and management program.

 

So, please let me thank you for visiting our Web location and for your interest in the CHW field.  Please enjoy this edition of our newsletter.  For comments, please contact me at Sergio@chwnetwork.org or our newsletter editor, Gail Ballester.

 

 

Sergio Matos

Chair

Community Health Worker Special Primary Interest Group

Historic Meeting on a CHW Research Agenda

Some 70 CHWs, researchers and other stakeholders gathered in Dallas on Jan. 26-27 for an intensive conference to begin development of a national research agenda on the CHW field.  Over 150 questions were raised, discussed and prioritized by the participants.  The draft of the conference report, after review and revision by the participants, will be circulated for wider review before it is officially announced as a research agenda.  Once finalized, the research agenda will help funders and researchers complete the most important research needed to move the CHW field forward.  Important issues remain to be resolved, including alternative research methods to capture the unique nature of the work done by CHWs, and ways to support the volunteer CHW movement with research and policy, but the participants committed themselves to significant action steps to move the research agenda forward when it is finalized, including journal articles, conferences and a session at the APHA Annual Meeting this fall. 

 

The Dallas conference was supported by The California Endowment, the Northwest Area Foundation, the California Health Care Foundation, Pfizer Health Solutions, The California Wellness Foundation, the Health Education Training Centers Alliance of Texas and the Healthcare Education Industry Partnership of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.  SPIG Executive Board members participating included Maria Alvarez de Lopez, Gail Ballester, Nell Brownstein, Durrell Fox, Sergio Matos, Dwyan Monroe, Lee Rosenthal, Carl Rush and Lisa Renee Siciliano.

 

Carl Rush, MRP

CHWs taking it to the Capital: APHA 2007 in Washington, D.C.

Please spread the word that the APHA Annual Meeting will be held in Washington D.C., Nov. 3 - 7, 2007. The theme for this year’s conference will be Politics, Policy and Public Health. 

 

The APHA Annual Meeting is a great time to meet and hear about the work CHWs are doing nationally.  This year the Community Health Worker SPIG is proud to offer a complete program of scientific sessions, poster sessions, roundtable discussions and a reception. 

 

For more information about the APHA annual conference, please visit the Web site at: www.apha.org.   

Anne Willaert

Please join us in Tampa, Florida for the Unity 2007 Conference!

 

The Center for Sustainable Health Outreach will hold its annual Unity Conference, May 20-24, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Tampa, Fl.  Unity 2007 is a national conference designed for and about community health workers.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Community Health Workers as Essential Components for Public Health: Solving the Disparities and Access Puzzle.

 

Unity 2007 will address the role community health workers play in strengthening and enhancing public health in times of health care provider shortages, tight budgets, and impending public health crises.  The conference will stress the importance of community health workers to the health care and human services delivery systems; ways to develop and sustain CHW programs; strength-based responses to community health shortfalls; new and emerging roles for CHWs; and methods of overcoming barriers to CHW program success.

 

The conference format will include plenary sessions with addresses from keynote speakers and panelists, as well as numerous breakout, poster, and roundtable workshop sessions.  Community health workers are strongly encouraged to attend.  Unity 2007 is an opportunity for community health workers to share knowledge, information, and expertise with other community health workers and interested parties. 

 

The conference registration fee is $300 and includes training, materials, and lunch each day.  Discounted registration fees are available for community health workers and students.  A number of limited conference fee waivers are available to community health workers upon request. To download the registration form and conference details, please visit CSHO’s Web site at http://www.usm.edu/csho/Unity2007_links.htm.

 

Exhibit space will be available during Unity 2007.  The Center encourages community health worker programs and related service providers and educational programs to exhibit during the conference.  To discuss exhibiting during Unity 2007, contact Rebekah Young at (601) 266-5388 or Rebekah.Young@usm.edu.  Opportunities to serve as sponsors are also available.  For more information to sponsor Unity 2007 or other conference activities, please contact Susan Mayfield-Johnson at (601) 266-6266 or susan.johnson@usm.edu.

 

Tampa, with its wonderful restaurants, shopping, cultural activities, live entertainment, golfing, beachcombing, attractions, and theme parks, is an exciting place for a conference.  All these activities are located within walking distance or a short cab ride from the Hyatt Regency Tampa.  Located in the heart of business and cultural centers, the Hyatt Regency is a contemporary hotel with many luxury amenities including T-mobile HotSpot wireless broadband Internet services, video check-in, and workout area with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, restaurants, and unique specialty shops.

           

Mark your calendars now to join us in Tampa for Unity 2007!

CHWs to Meet in NJ’s 2nd Annual Conference

CHWs from around the Eastern seaboard met at the 2nd Annual Conference sponsored by the New Jersey Community Health Worker Institute & the New Jersey Area Health Education Centers on March 30, 2007.

 

The conference theme was “Best Practices: How Community Health Workers Make the Critical Difference for a Healthier New Jersey” and included CHW presentations on best practices in New Jersey, skill building sessions and organizing sessions for a state CHW network.  Roundtable discussions for supervisors and program managers will also be part of the program.  The conference was held at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Stratford, New Jersey.

 

Please contact Garden AHEC at 856-575-4865 or email cohens@sjhs.com for more information.

CHW SPIG and MACHW Honor Community Health Worker Champions

On Nov. 6, 2006, community health workers, supporters, and allies gathered at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel for a reception jointly hosted by the Community Health Worker Special Primary Interest Group and the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers.  The APHA Annual Meeting was proudly hosted this year in Boston at the new Convention and Exhibition Center. 

We were thrilled to dedicate the night to two honorable CHW Champions.  Massachusetts Representative Gloria Fox has long provided a voice to CHWs during her tenure in the state legislature, and most recently advocated for and succeeded in including CHW language in the health reform legislation passed in April 2006.  This significant bill as signed into law last year had the first inclusion of its kind, including CHWs, in the nation.  Because of her continued dedication and support, the health care system can no longer deny the critical importance of CHWs in providing access to quality care. 

Our second CHW Champion, the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA, the state affiliate), has long served as a fiscal agent for MACHW.  However, the partnership and relationship between these two organizations only starts there.  MPHA has tirelessly provided unwavering support, mentorship and advice to the staff and board members of MACHW, dedicating staff time to developing the organization to its full potential.  Coupled with its distinct and clear leadership in the public health and health care systems in the state, MPHA is a force that has paved the way for community health workers in policy, program, and work force development. 

 

The reception also featured opening welcoming remarks by Dr. Deborah Klein Walker, president of APHA and a long-time supporter of community health workers.

Finally, the evening offered a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends from across the nation, while networking with new contacts involved in the CHW movement.  Individuals from across the country were able to join together for a wonderful evening to celebrate CHWs, and the heroes who inspire us each day. 

 

Jennifer Chow

 

The 2006 APHA Annual Meeting – Reflections from Community Health Worker Presenters

With funding from the Harold and Grace Sewell Trust Fund, the Community Health Worker Special Primary Interest Group of the APHA offered travel scholarships to community health worker presenters who attended the 2006 APHA Annual Meeting in Boston.  The scholarships honor the important work of grassroots advocates who promote health in their communities.  The following are reflections from two community health worker scholarship recipients.

 

APHA Scholarship Reflection Paper

By Maria Gabriela Guzman Hernandez, CHW

 

 (Spanish)

Para una persona como yo, una Promotora de Salud Comunitaria, haber acudido a exponer los resultados del proyecto de salud en los cuales yo y mis companeras promotoras participamos fue primero una experiencia bonita porque estubo llena de aprendizaje y de sorpresa, al ver el interes de los participantes sobre nuestros trabajos.  Nuestros posteres fueron una muestra  de como la promotora participa con  las familias hispanas, como somos instrumentos para sacar informacion de las familias, y de los resultados preliminates de nuestros programas.. Todo esto gracias a los proyectos de investigacion DREAMS y SALUD PARA SU CORAZON realizados por la University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth School of Public Health.

 

Impactante fueron para mi algunas exibiciones al ver que en otros estados las promotoras de salud realizan trabajos  semejantes al de nosotros y con el mismo proposito - LA COMUNIDAD. Y los proyectos en otros paises que tambien usan promotoras  y los diferentes temas que se trataron ahi como obesidad, problemas de la mujer problemas de los adolecentes, presion arterial,  diabetes mellitus, sida, tabaquismo etc. Algo gratificante lo escuche  el lunes 6 de noviembre del 2006. en la Reunion de Community Health Worker por el SR Sergio Matos. Al escucharque ahi personas en el pais interesadas por el futuro profesional de las promotoras y que la union hace la fuerza, para que todas las peticione que ellos estan haciendo sean aceptadas, todo siempre pensando en el tener promotoras calificadas para la comunidad. Mi meta es informar a todas mis companeras promotoras de lo que observe y escuche y decirles que nuestro trabajo es muy importante, y mi meta a largo plazo es continuar haciendo lo que me gusta. ser Promotora de Salud para la comunidad y seguir preparandome cada dia mas.  Y quiero agradecerle a todas las personas que hicieron posible esta experiencia.

 

                             English

 

For a person such as myself, a promotora de salud from the community, presenting the results of a health project that I and my fellow promotores participated in was a beautiful experience because it was filled with learning and astonishment to see the interest by the conference participants in our work.  Our poster and roundtable presentations showed how the promotora participates with Hispanic families, how we serve as instruments for the collection of family data and demonstrated our preliminary program results. All of this was made possible by the research projects “DREAMS” and “Salud para su Corazon” at the UNT Health Science Center of the Fort Worth School of Public Health. 

 

The exhibits at the APHA meeting had an impact on me, particularly when I saw that other states utilized promotores in similar positions to ours and with a similar aim—THE COMMUNITY.  Also of interest were the projects in other countries that utilize promotores de salud in areas of health such as obesity, women’s health, adolescent health, blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, HIV/AIDS, and tobacco cessation.

 

I also heard something very gratifying on Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 at the Community Health Worker Meeting.   Sergio Matos stated that there are individuals in this country that are very interested in the professional future of promotores de salud—that unity brings strength so that our proposals are passed and we achieve the goal of certified promotores de salud in communities. 

 

My goal is to inform all my fellow promotores de salud about what I heard and observed, and to tell them how very important our work is.  My longterm goal is to continue doing what I like to do—being a promotora de salud in the community and continuing to prepare myself more each day.  I would like to thank everyone that made this experience possible; thank you. 

 

Maria Gabriela Guzman Hernandez, CHW

 

Thanks for helping me help!

By Romelia Rodriguez

 

During the time at the APHA Meeting I had hoped to attend every session, but I did not realize how enormous this conference was.  I was able to attend many of the community health worker SPIG sessions.  The APHA conference provided me with more tools to use when I am sharing information with the communities that I serve.  It was an amazing experience to learn from other health professionals.  Also I had the opportunity to meet people from around the country and share information and resources.  I met community health workers form all parts of the country and even one from Trinidad.  It was a tremendous opportunity to network and learn from the experiences of my colleagues from other areas. The poster sessions were very informative and I learned techniques from other programs that utilize the community health worker model.  They shared successful outcomes in their programs.   I feel like I can more effectively contribute in my project and my role as a community health worker.  I feel more knowledgeable and I know it will improve my work performance. 

 

I was so proud to be able to present my work and to be appreciated for it.  It was a great opportunity to go to the APHA Meeting  and learn tips and skills to better serve the people in my communities. The support offered to go to APHA and the learning experience gained helps me maintain my motivation to continue with my beautiful work.  I would not have been able to attend without the scholarship from the Sewell Foundation.  The most important thing for a community health worker is to keep information up-to-date so we can continue helping others.  Our mind is open to new information so we can put it into practice immediately.  The APHA Meeting helped me to achieve all of this.  Thanks for helping me help!

CHW Research: Effectiveness of community health workers in the care of persons with hypertension.

We are very pleased to highlight CHW research in this newsletter. Dr. J. Nell Brownstein, who serves as the communications chair for the SPIG, and who works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has submitted the following abstract for research which will be available online at the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, on May 7, 2007.   If you would like a copy of the entire article, please call Nell at (770) 488-2570, or e-mail her at Jnb1@cdc.gov.

 

Abstract

Background. The contributions of community health workers (CHWs) in the delivery of culturally relevant programs for hypertension control have been studied since the 1970s. This systematic review examines the effectiveness of CHWs in supporting the care of persons with hypertension.

Methods. Computerized searches were conducted of multiple bibliographic electronic databases from their inception until May 2006. No restrictions were applied for language or study design, and studies were restricted to those that reported at least one outcome among participants.

Results. Fourteen studies were identified, including eight randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Many of the studies focused on poor, urban African Americans. Significant improvements in controlling blood pressure were reported in seven of the eight RCTs . Several studies reported significant improvements in participants’ self-management behaviors, including appointment keeping and adherence to antihypertensive medications. Four studies reported positive changes in health care utilization and in systems outcomes. Two of the RCTs showed significant improvements in other patient outcomes, such as changes in heart mass and risk of CVD.

Conclusion. CHWs may have an important impact on the self-management of hypertension. Programs involving CHWs as multidisciplinary team members hold promise, particularly for populations that are racially or ethnically diverse and under-served.

 

Brownstein JN, Norris SL, Chowdhury FM, Armour T, Jack L, Zheng X, Satterfield D.  Effectiveness of community health workers in the care of persons with hypertension.  Am J Prev Med. May 7th 2007

 

 

Maria Gabriela Guzman Hernandez, CHW

 

Fourth Annual Promotora and Community Health Worker Conference 2006:

On Dec. 1-2, 2006, Visión y Compromiso convened 800 promotores, community health workers and those that support their work.  Participants came from all over California, Tijuana and other states of the nation for the Fourth Annual Statewide Conference titled “Hacía una Vida Digna y Sana,”  held in Los Angeles. This conference was the largest of its kind to bring together promotores and other community health workers representing community clinics, hospitals, family resource centers, school districts, county departments, housing organizations, and organizations dedicated to community organizing efforts. Other parts of the country were well represented with promotores and community health workers working with the Latino community in states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

The goals of the conference were to: (1) facilitate the sharing of resources among Promotores and their programs; (2) create learning opportunities that would increase the capacity of Promotores to serve the communities they work with; and (3) inform policy makers and public officials about the impact and skills of community health workers and promotores in California.

It was an event that generated the opportunity to continue learning, networking, sharing our work and our common vision for the well-being of the communities we serve. It was an event planned, organized and implemented by and for promotora/es. Visión y Compromiso remains committed to investing in promotores and community health workers and will continue to strengthen their efforts and capacity to do so throughout the year.

For information please contact Maria Lemus, executive director, at mholl67174@aol.com or Melinda Cordero, network director, at PromotorasinCA@aol.com.

Maria Lemus

Celebrating our Successes: CHW Mentoring Project in NYC to be published in Journal of Allied Health

 

The Community Health Worker Network of NYC, the only independent professional association of CHWs in our city, is pleased to announce that an article about our CHW Mentoring Project will appear in the Journal of Allied Health’s online section in June.    The Mentoring Project was a collaboration between the Hunter College School of Health Professions and the CHW Network that was funded by a special grant.  Community health workers, who were members of the Network, served as “community mentors” for health professions students drawn from the programs of community health education, nursing, and nutrition. CHWs worked with faculty of selected courses in each of the professional programs, and served as panelists in these courses, presenting information about health beliefs and alternative health practices of diverse cultural groups in communities of New York City. 

 

Class sessions were first held in the fall of 2004; subsequent sessions were held in following semesters.  Approximately 40 students participated in seven classes, with six CHWs serving as mentors – two per class.  At the end of the classroom presentations, students wrote reflections relating to their understanding of the CHW role and relevance for their future interdisciplinary practice.  Dean Laurie Sherwen of the Hunter School of Health Professions and the CHW mentors co-authored the article which was accepted for the Potential Pattern feature of the Journal.  We will keep you posted and provide the online link when the article is published.  This is another step forward in the all-important effort to document our work.  Congratulations to our CHW authors:  Romelia Rodriguez, Gregory Horta, and Ivanna Lopez; and thanks to Dean Sherwen for her vision and unflagging support of this project.

 

Elena Schwolsky, RN

CHW 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 the newsletter editor, Gail Ballester, at: gail.ballester@state.ma.us, or (617) 624-6016.

State and National CHW Networks

 

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS NATIONAL NETWORK ASSOCIATION

Wandy Hernandez, Chair, Chicago Health Connection, 957 W. Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60607; (312) 243-4772; Zeida Estrada, Secretary; Gateway to Care, Harris County CAP 6201 Bonhomme #243-S, Houston, TX 77036, (713) 783-4616; www.chwnna.org.

ARIZONA

Arizona Community Health Outreach Workers Network (AzCHOW), Of, By, and For Community Health Outreach Workers; http://www.publichealth.arizona.edu/azchow/; Lourdes Fernandez, co-chair chachaml@hotmail.com; Flor Redondo, co-chair, redondos1271@aol.com; Belen Feather, Secretary.

 

CALIFORNIA

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; email: chwpromotoras@aol.com, or Maria at: mholl67174@aol.com

 

Orange County CAA (Certified Application Assistor ) Task Force, a non-profit professional association for Care Coordinators, Health Advocates, Promotoras, etc. They meet once a month for program updates, training and to share best practices as well as to network.  Contact: Maria Wahab, Chair, Children's Hospital of Orange County, 455 S. Main St., Orange, CA, 92868-3874; Office: (714) 516-4334; Fax: (714) 532-8785; Email: mwahab@choc.org.

FLORIDA

REACH-Workers – the Community Health Workers of Tampa Bay.  Please contact Michelle Dublin, Chairperson of the network, at (727)588-4018.  Michelle_Dublin@doh.state.fl.us

 

MARYLAND

Community Outreach Workers Association of Maryland, INC. (COWAM) 259 North Lanvale Street, Baltimore, Md. 21217, (410) 664-6949 or (410) 669-7960, Dwyan Monroe, President; dyamira34@yahoo.com.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW), Lisa Renee Siciliano, Executive Director,  lrsiciliano@aol.com, (508) 856-4852, University of Massachusetts Office of Community Programs, 222 Maple Avenue, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

 

MICHIGAN

Michigan Community Advocate Association (MICAA), Contact: Maria Alvarez deLopez, maria.alvarez@spectrum-health.org; President-Roshawnda S. Thompson - RoshawndaT@cssgr.org; (616) 356-6205 or (616) 827-2094 or (616) 366-2759.

 

MINNESOTA

Minnesota CHW Peer Network out of the Minnesota International Health Volunteers, 122 W. Franklin Ave. #522, Minneapolis, MN 55404, LuAnn Werner (612) 230-3255 lwerner@mihv.org or Andrea Leinberger (612) 230-3254 aleinberger@mihv.org

 

NEW JERSEY

Contact: Dwyan Monroe, Deputy Director, Community Health Worker Institute, NJ AHEC/ UMDNJ-SOM, 42 Laurel Road E., STE. 3200 Stratford, NJ 08084; ph: (856) 566-6024, fax: (856) 566-2754 e-mail: monroedy@umdnj.edu.

 

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Community Health Workers Association (NMCHWA), P.O. Box 81433 Albuquerque, New Mexico 87198, nmchwa@yahoo.com. Web page can be accessed atwww.nmchwa.com.  Telephone number is (505) 255-1227 and fax (505) 873-5317; or contact BJ Ciesielski, bciesielski@salud.unm.edu, (505) 272-4741; fax (505) 272-5944.

 

 

NEW YORK STATE

NEW YORK CITY -Community Health Worker Network of NYC; 425 E. 25 Street, Box 616; New York, NY 10010; (917) 653-9699 phone; Sergio Matos, Elena Schwolsky, Rita Taylor, and Romy Rodriguez; http://chwnetwork.org/; sergio@chwnetwork.org

 

 

ROCHESTER - Rochester Outreach Workers Association (ROWA), Latisha Williams, Chair, (585) 274-8490; Williams@monroecounty.gov; Lucinda Colindres, (585) 244-9000, ex. 454.

 

OREGON

Oregon Community Health Workers Association, 9000 N. Lombard Street--2nd Floor, Portland, OR 97203, (503) 988-3366 x28686, Teresa Ríos, teresa.c.rios@co.multnomah.or.us, or Veronica Lopez Ericksen, xiomara.t.lopez@co.multnomah.or.us.

APHA Student Assembly Alumni Database

 

This year, the APHA-Student Assembly Opportunities Committee provided more resources to students regarding scholarships, conferences, job postings, potential employers, and fellowships/internships. In addition to these endeavors, the committee revamped the Student Assembly Alumni Database. The Alumni Database is meant to not only allow the Student Assembly to keep track of their past members, but it also provides current and potential students access to learn about possible careers in the public health field.

 

To access the Alumni Database, students can visit www.aphastudents.org and click on the Opportunities Committee page. Here students can look at job positions that public health professionals currently in the field hold. Prospective public health students could access this database and view jobs that people with public health degrees have to gain a better understanding of the wide variety of career paths available to them. Alumni range from recent graduates working in fellowships or entry-level positions to seasoned health professionals with well-established research agendas.

 

The Student Assembly Opportunities Committee co-chairs are working to increase participation in the Alumni Database. Anyone who at one time was a member of the Student Assembly (previously entitled Public Health Student Caucus) can visit the Web site, complete the form available on the Opportunities Committee page (www.aphastudents.org/phso_alumni_db.php) and return it to jlcremeens@aol.com. This endeavor depends on the cooperation of the Student Assembly alumni. With alumni support, the Database can become a wonderful resource for the next generation of public health students. We hope you will consider taking a few moments to add yourself to the Alumni Database. 

 

If you have any questions or want more information, please feel free to contact Jennifer Cremeens or Anna Pollack, the Opportunities Committee co-chairs at, opportunities@apahstudents.org.

APHA Membership Information

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

 

If you are unable to select CHW SPIG as your primary affiliation in APHA, please consider electing the CHW SPIG 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 SPIG as your Section/SPIG, please call (202) 777-APHA. You can also check out APHA's Web site at http://www.apha.org or e-mail membership.mail@apha.org.

 

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 SPIG and how you can be involved.

APHA 2007 Community Health Worker SPIG Executive Board

Chair

Sergio Matos 

Community Health Worker Network of NYC

(718) 703-9340

sergio@chwnetwork.org

 

Immediate Past Chair/Governing Council Representative

Durrell Fox

New England HIV Education Consortium

Massachusetts Community Health Worker Network

23 Miner Street

Boston, MA 02215

(617) 355-8421

Dfoxnehec@aol.com

 

Secretary

Carl Rush

(210) 745-0560

carl@chrllc.net

 

Governing Council Representative

Lisa Renee Siciliano

Massachusetts Community Health Worker Network

(508) 856-4852

Lrsiciliano@aol.com

 

Chairperson for Committee on Education y Capacitación

Romelia Rodriguez

Community Premier Plus

384 E. 149th Street Suite 504

Bronx, NY 10455

(718) 742-2675 (Phone)

(718) 742-2654 (Fax)

ror9001@cpphealth.org

romelia@chwnetwork.org

 

Program Planner 2007

Anne Willaert

Minnesota State University

4 Myers Field House

Mankato, MN 56001

(507) 389-2590

Anne.willaert@mnsu.edu

 

Treasurer and Co-Program Planner

Susan Mayfield-Johnson

University of Southern Mississippi

(601) 266-6266

susan.johnson@usm.edu

 

Special Advisors

E. Lee Rosenthal

elrosenthal@utep.edu

 

Elena Schwolsky-Fitch

Director of Training & Staff Development

New York City Asthma Initiative

2238 135th St., 2nd Floor, room 231

(212) 676-2574 (Voicemail only)

eschwols@health.nyc.gov

 

Policy Committee Chair

Maria Alvarez deLopez, CHW

MOMS - Mothers Offering Mothers Support

Spectrum Health Hospital

75 Sheldon SE, Suite 203

Grand Rapids, Mi. 49503

Phone: (616) 391-3473

Fax: (616) 391-6185

maria.alvarez@spectrum-health.org

 

Liaisons to Other APHA Sections, SPIGs and Caucuses

Tori Booker

Migrant Health Promotion

224 W. Michigan Ave.

Saline, MI 48176

(734) 944-0244

tbooker@migranthealth.org

 

Carl Rush

(210) 745-0560

carl@chrllc.net

 

Communication/Continuing Education

Nell Brownstein

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

4770 Buford Hwy NE MS K47

Atlanta, GA 30341-3717

(770) 488-2570

Jnb1@cdc.gov

 

Newsletter Editors

Gail Ballester

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Boston, MA 02108

Phone: (617) 624-6016

Fax: (617) 624-6062

gail.ballester@state.ma.us

 

Elena Schwolsky-Fitch

Director of Training & Staff Development

New York City Asthma Initiative

2238 135th St., 2nd Floor, room 231

(212) 676-2574 (Voicemail only)

eschwols@health.nyc.gov

 

Membership and Recruitment

Dwyan Monroe

monroedy@umdnj.edu