Community Health Worker - Archived Newsletters
Section Newsletter
Fall 2009

Message from the Chair



The past several months have been both very exciting and busy for the CHW SPIG! Many thanks to all who assisted with our membership efforts; we reached the needed number of members to apply for section status.  In August we submitted our section application to the Intersectional Council. Our application was approved and has moved on to the Executive Board, then will go to the Governing Council for final approval. We are hoping to obtain section status in November, at the APHA Annual Meeting. I’m looking forward to voting on our section request as one of my final duties as a Governing Councilor representing the CHW SPIG. Our application could not have been filed without the efforts of the SPIG members and the support we received from the other sections. This was truly a collaborative effort.


In addition to our pending section status, there are many other exciting happenings during the Annual Meeting. As always, the SPIG has an exciting program to offer. In addition to our scientific sessions, many of which are interactive, we have endorsed sessions of several other sections. We will also host a reception and several business meetings. Please join us during our reception to meet and mingle with SPIG members and to celebrate the SPIG’s achievements over the past year.


I hope to see many of you during our business meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. For the first time in many years we are fortunate to have an evening “brown bag” business meeting.  Stop downstairs in the restaurant and grab your dinner to go and join us as we determine the direction of the SPIG for the next year. Your input is both wanted and needed. During the business meeting there will be dedicated time for the committees to meet. Please consider joining one of the committees, chose from the Policy, Education y Capacitación, Nominations, Newsletter and Communications, or Program Planning.  Attendees of the business meeting will hear what the committees have been working on and have the opportunity to meet the committee co-chairs and members.


Another highlight for the CHW SPIG during the Annual Meeting will be the hearing of a SPIG-proposed policy heard by the Governing Council.  “Support for Integration of Community Health Workers to Improve the Nation’s Health” was submitted in February. To date it has been received favorably and will be voted on by the Governing Council in November. Before going to the Governing Council floor, the proposed policy will have a hearing on Sunday, Nov. 8 from 3:30-6:00. Please support the policy by attending the hearing. Look for group A proposed policies during the APHA public hearings; the hearing location is yet to be announced. This is the first time we will have a proposed policy go before the Governing Council since 2001. Your continued support will make a difference!


I hope you can sense my excitement about the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting. I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you as we move forward, as a stronger membership unit within APHA. The CHW SPIG will have much to celebrate as we continue to grow and blossom. Thank you all for your contributions to the SPIG!


I hope to see many of you in Philadelphia!



Lisa Renee

CHW SPIG Program Diverse and Growing

The CHW Special Primary Interest Group’s APHA Annual Meeting program continued to grow this year with more than 50 abstracts received. Diversity and innovativeness were key elements in all abstracts received. Our 2009 program consists of two Poster sessions, one Roundtable session, six Scientific sessions, and one special session.


This year we were successful in moving two of our largest business meetings to an evening slot in order to ensure everyone’s participation.  They are the Education y Capacitacíon Committee, which will be held Sunday, Nov. 8 at 6:00 p.m. and our General Business meeting which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Other business meetings open to the membership of the SPIG are Member Orientation, CHW SPIG Policy committee, and the CHW SPIG Program Planning Meeting.


Lastly, but certainly not least important, all are invited to attend the CHW SPIG Social Hour/Reception, which will be held Monday evening from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  The theme of this year’s social event is “Getting to Know Your CHWs,” and we encourage all to come and meet, mingle and network. Frolic, food and fun await you!


To register for the APHA Annual Meeting and to view the CHW SPIG program and speakers go to: Don’t forget when you register make sure you name the CHW SPIG as your affiliation. Looking forward to seeing you in historic Philadelphia!!


Recovery and Health Reform Bills Affect CHWs

Although the funding picture has been grim for most programs that employ CHWs, recent bills in Congress hold out some hope, and stimulus (ARRA) funding may help the CHW field as well.  (Note that this information may have changed since this article was written.) The House “Tri-Committee” health care reform bill did not mention CHWs, but it did include a provision for a health occupations “pipeline,” which could benefit CHW training.  The Senate bill proposed by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, commonly called the Kennedy Bill, had several relevant sections: (1) Section 453 would authorize Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) to use their training resources to serve CHWs; (2) Section 212 would create interdisciplinary “community health teams” in primary care, although it did not mention CHWs specifically; and (3) Section 443 contains language from earlier Bingaman/Solis bills to fund CHW services.  

This last Section includes a Department of Labor definition of CHW:
“an individual who promotes health or nutrition within the community in which the individual resides —
(A) by serving as a liaison between communities and health care agencies;
(B) by providing guidance and social assistance to community residents;
(C) by enhancing community residents’ ability to effectively communicate with healthcare providers;
(D) by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health or nutrition education;
(E) by advocating for individual and community health; and
(F) by providing referral and follow-up services or otherwise coordinating care.”

The Labor Department (Employment and Training Administration) announced funding this fall for health occupations training, and a number of organizations have proposed projects to assist in training CHWs.  Also, the National Institutes of Health announced funding for “challenge grants” using economic stimulus (ARRA) funding; several of their topic areas made specific mention of CHWs.  One of the NIH Institutes encouraged a proposal to compare the effectiveness of CHWs using handheld computers to enter patient information in home visits with CHWs performing the same duties without computers.

Results Coming Soon from Arkansas Medicaid CHW Pilot

A report should be released this fall from a project in Arkansas employing CHWs (called “Community Connectors”) under a Medicaid 1115 Waiver.  According to unofficial comments from individuals knowledgeable about the project, the results were very positive, and should present a strong case for ongoing employment of CHWs under Medicaid.

CHW SPIG Policy Corner

Hello everyone,


Welcome to the first entry of the CHW SPIG Policy Corner, which is a new addition to our legislative and policy update section and well as to our Policy Committee updates. This newsletter will be distributed widely during this year’s APHA’s Annual Meeting, so we felt it was important devote significant space to policy. This will be an ongoing column to bring APHA policy related information and news to CHW SPIG members and the broader CHW community. I wanted to start by giving you basic information about some APHA policy related CHW SPIG leadership appointments and elections. Additionally, I will discuss some advocacy action items and activities for CHW SPIG members to get involved in. We are asking all CHW SPIG 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.


My name is Durrell Fox; I’ve been a member of APHA and active member of the CHW SPIG (formerly known as the New Professionals SPIG and soon to be CHW Section!) since 1994. As a past chair and current Executive Council member of the CHW SPIG, I and many others in leadership have been active on APHA boards and councils.  Here is a brief update on APHA appointments and election results for our Executive Council members: 1) This year Carl Rush was elected to join the Governing Council for his first term and appointed to the APHA Education Board, with both terms beginning at the close of this year’s Annual Meeting; 2) Lisa Renee Holderby will complete her third term as a Governing Councilor at the close of the Annual Meeting; and 3) I was elected to my third term as a Governing Councilor. I’m the vice chair of the APHA Action Board and a member of APHA’s Joint Policy Committee. I will begin my term as the chair of the Action Board and as a non-voting member of APHA’s Executive Board at the close of this year’s Annual Meeting.


Over the years our Governing Councilor representation has occurred  because CHW SPIG leaders stepped up to run in APHA general elections for “unaffiliated” Governing Council seats, which are basically at-large, APHA-wide positions where those elected are asked to represent the full APHA membership along with their primary affiliation unit members. The CHW SPIG has applied for Section status. This application was submitted in August and approved by the Inter-Sectional Council.  Next it goes to the Executive Board and then to the Governing Council.  When the CHW SPIG becomes a section, we will have designated representation on the Governing Council, and there is still the opportunity for CHWs and our allies and partners to run for the unaffiliated at-large seats in addition.


As CHW SPIG members we work to educate and advocate for CHWs within APHA membership and organizational units as well as to advocate for CHW integration, involvement and leadership in APHA policy development, policies and priorities. CHWs are public health professionals we continue to represent while working in partnership with the community, other public health professionals, students, health care professionals, and mental health and social service providers.  Through grassroots organizing, advocacy and policy development we have advanced the CHW movement supporting the development of over 16 local or statewide CHW associations/networks, two national associations and CHW training, certification/credentialing or federal reimbursement initiatives in over 10 states, with national discussions continuing. One strategy is to synergize some of our advocacy efforts by using the CHW SPIG and APHA as a one of the vehicles for national CHW advocacy and policy development. The CHW SPIG leadership has representation from most, if not all, of the current and past national CHW associations/networks and work force development projects and initiatives.


Here are some advocacy/policy items we need continued and enhanced CHW SPIG membership action on:

A)     We need all CHWs, allies and partners to attend the Group A hearings on APHA Proposed Policies on Sunday Nov. 8, 3:30-6 p.m. The CHW SPIG authored proposed policy, A-1: Support for Integration of Community Health Workers to Improve the Nation’s Health, will be heard. APHA’s Joint Policy Committee approved our proposed policy in July.  After the hearings the next and final step for the policy will be the Governing Council vote on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

B)     We ask all CHWs, allies and partners to join APHA and your state affiliate and represent CHWs. If you are or will become an APHA member, I ask you to designate the CHW SPIG/Section as your primary affiliation or as your secondary if you are already active in another APHA unit as your primary. This will help us to build connections and share CHW advocacy and policy information through the CHW SPIG membership listings, listservs and newsletters while we continue to develop new APHA communications systems like our Web site and E-community.

C)     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 -

Also please attend all of the CHW SPIG sessions that you can during the Annual Meeting. I draw your attention to a policy/advocacy related session that is hosted by the APHA Government-Relations Office and co-sponsored by the APHA Action Board, during which I’ll be representing the CHW SPIG during Session # 3106.0 – Mobilizing a Campaign around a Public Health Issue, Monday Nov. 9, 10:30-12 @ the Convention Center. I will highlight recent successful efforts to submit our application to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to develop a Standard Occupational code for the CHW work force in the United States.



Education y Capacitación Committee of the CHW SPIG: Update

The Education y Capacitación (EyC) Committee is a standing committee of the Community Health Worker Special Primary Interest Group of APHA. The EyC Committee was established by the Executive Council of the Community Health Worker SPIG during the SPIG’s General Business Meeting in November 2006 held at the Annual Meeting in Boston of that year.  The name of the committee was thoughtfully selected to reflect the multi-cultural nature of our work.  The committee was formed in response to growing interest in the training and credentialing of CHWs by state regulators, health departments and academic institutions.  There was alarming concern among CHW practitioners that regulatory decisions were being made by people unfamiliar with the CHW practice but in positions of power to regulate our field.  It was considered critical that CHWs and CHW advocates create a platform to inform policy and practice decisions relevant to our field.


Coincidentally, the Community Health Worker National Education Collaborative (CHW-NEC) – a national coalition of CHW educators – had reached the end of their funding from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE).   For several years prior to establishing of the “EyC” Committee, the CHW-NEC working group had been meeting informally at APHA, bringing together individuals working in CHW education, especially those linked to college-supported CHW education programs.  Because the CHW-NEC leadership and many of their coalition partners were members of APHA and affiliated with the CHW SPIG, this new committee was seen as a vehicle for continuing the work of the CHW-NEC collaborative and supporting the guiding principles and best practices for the college-supported training of CHWs produced by that program.  The scope of the committee was expanded to include CHW training not linked to colleges or universities. 


Throughout the following year, 2007, the EyC Committee focused on developing its vision, mission and policy positions on relevant issues, meeting regularly with committee members and representatives from across the United States and the Native American Nations.



The Education y Capacitación Committee of the Community Health Worker SPIG provides guidance and support to the development of education and training standards for community health workers throughout the United States.


The goals of the committee were determined to be the following:

  1. Support recognition of CHW identity, including description, roles and contributions to health care systems.
  2. Be responsive to CHW ideals for education/training content and methods.
  3. Provide education and capacitación guidance – recommending a framework rather than specific curricula.
  4. Set standards for best practices in the education and training of CHWs, including appropriate pedagogy.
  5. Encourage recognition of core competencies for CHWs as basic to any training design.
  6. Address the lack of appropriate training methods by endorsing efforts at educational institutions, government or health care organizations that develop the ability to utilize interactive, experiential pedagogy based on adult learning principles for training CHWs.
  7. Adopt CHW-NEC key considerations & promising practices for college-supported CHW education.
  8. Connect and communicate with local and state affiliates.


In anticipation of moving the CHW SPIG to section status at the Governing Council meeting this year, the EyC Committee has most recently focused its efforts on two important fronts.  First, the committee has been working to develop welcome packages and guidance materials for first-time attendees at the Annual Meeting this year.  The EyC will host several events on Sunday, Nov. 7. A welcome workshop for CHWs and CHW SPIG members attending the Annual Meeting for the first time will be held in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel at 3:30 p.m.  The workshop will be immediately followed by the EyC Committee meeting at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in  Marriott Room 411.  Interested parties will then meet for an informal no-host dinner at a local restaurant (TBD) at 8:00 p.m.  If this is your first APHA meeting or if you are newly affiliated with the CHW SPIG, or if you just want to get to know us, please join us for any/all of these preliminary activities.


Also in anticipation of moving to section status, the EyC Committee worked closely with our Program Planning Committee to plan a curriculum roundtable session that will highlight evolving standards for CHW training and curriculum development and feature numerous curricula both contributed via the abstract process and solicited by program planners.   We hope you can attend this roundtable session and enjoy the rest of our innovative program during the upcoming Annual Meeting And Exposition.


Although the EyC Committee has accomplished much in the past few years, the future holds promise and challenges as we continue with our mission.  Growing interest in the CHW model is driving policy-makers toward considering training standards, credentialing structures and stable funding mechanisms.  All of these issues will affect our identity and how we are received in the communities to which we are responsible.  It is more important than ever that CHWs and CHW advocates continue to bring the voice of CHWs to these discussions and that CHWs take leadership of all efforts to regulate our field.  It is only through this CHW leadership that we can preserve the long and noble history of our work and remain loyal to the communities we serve. It is only through this CHW leadership that we can remain loyal to our guiding principle of self determination.  As our SPIG matures to become a section, the EyC Committee will continue to provide guidance and support to the development of education and training standards for community health workers throughout the United States.


Policy Committee of the CHW SPIG: Update

The APHA CHW SPIG's Policy Committee has been through a slight transition by losing their chair, who resigned in June of this year.  Thank you, Maria Lopez, for all the work that you committed to this committee and in helping to organize and structure the committee.  A new CHW will be elected into the position in the very near future.  The Policy Committee has been working on the development of a much more structured committee.  The newly defined SPIG Policy Committee Mission Statement and Objectives include:


Mission statement: The SPIG CHW Policy Committee's mission is to engage and organize members who will work to respond to, analyze 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)



A. Policy committee will conduct every other monthly conference calls on the 2nd Friday of that month.


B. Policy Committee will  research, analyze, and  evaluate policy development at both the internal and external level within APHA and outside APHA but always representing APHA.


C. Policy Committee will make recommendations to the SPIG Executive Council who shall determine the need to respond and at what method or level to make formal responses.


D. The CHW SPIG PC will help identify members, and make recommendations on the development of policy ad hoc committees.  When speaking to legislators the committee will present themselves as CHW SPIG PC members of the APHA.


E.  Increase the level of participants on the CHW SPIG PC focusing mainly on increased CHW membership.


The committee has is also in the process of making recommendations to help organize policy development and engagement at a higher level and by a much more organized method.  Please join us as we move forward with this committee and our involvement in policy.


We are looking for new members to join this committee.  If you are interested in joining the Policy Committee we will be structuring conference calls every other month on the 2nd Friday of each of those months.  Our first meeting will be on Oct. 9 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


Community Health Worker Honored For Her Commitment

Martha Ramirez's journey has taken her from the fields to the front lines in women's health.


In July, she received national recognition for her commitment to health services. Communities in Manatee County know a local hero; a woman who enters into their world and offers support, guidance and education. She has saved lives and improved others.  Ramirez, a community health worker for the Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee County, received the fourth annual Esther M. Holderby Award last week at the Center for Sustainable Health Outreach Unity Conference in St. Louis. The award honors a dedicated community health worker who has overcome personal adversity to promote health in the community.


"She embodies what it means to be a community health worker," said Luz Corcuera, a Healthy Start program director. "I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award than Martha."


Ramirez spent more than 20 years working as a migrant field worker in communities throughout Florida and Texas, experiencing firsthand the poor housing conditions, long hours, insufficient wages and lack of access to adequate health care services.


Her health education services to the community hit close to home seven years ago when she lost her mother to breast cancer and again confronted breast cancer with her stepmother. She has worked tirelessly to ensure her family and communities of under-served families receive the treatment and support they need.


Through the Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee County, she has served for six years with unwavering faith in life and humanity, and is dedicated to helping those who are most at-risk, forgotten, and without access to services.    


"This is not just a job for Martha," Corcuera said. "It's a calling."


Ramirez takes a proactive role in affecting change. During the past seven years, she has been trained in many health education and prevention topics, especially those related to women and infants and their total health, such as breast and cervical cancer, HIV, smoking cessation, prenatal care and folic acid education, infant safe sleeping practices, breastfeeding promotion and family planning. Her mission is to educate and empower those women who traditionally do not have access to services.


The Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee County is an organization dedicated to enhancing maternal and infant health care. It offers free support services for pregnant women, new mothers and infants.



Community Health Worker's Sourcebook: A Training Manual for Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke now Available in Spanish

The Spanish version: Manual de Consulta para los Trabajadores de salud Communitaria: Una herramienta para la prevencion de cardiopatias y derrames cerebrates was pilot-tested for cultural competency and published August 2009; limited hardcopies are available.  A training Webinar is forthcoming, and the curriculum will be available online later this winter.


The English version: Community Health Worker's Sourcebook:  A Training Manual for Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke was published in 2008 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and is available for download at  These training manuals are the first comprehensive curriculum designed to improve the skills and competencies of frontline members of the public health workforce working to prevent heart disease and stroke.  They were developed for community health workers and Promotoras de Salud and other laypersons working with members of disparate populations at the state and community level.  The sourcebooks serve as instruction manuals and reference guides and are being used by staff in health departments, community clinics, faith-based organizations, community colleges and other community-based agencies.  CDC has disseminated and promoted the English sourcebook through state health departments and other national health agencies such as the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, and the Indian Health Service.  The Spanish sourcebook will be promoted through various state and national partners. 


Written in plain language, the sourcebook requires no formal training and comes with a trainer’s guide.  It contains basic health and prevention information on heart disease and stroke risk factors, conditions, and diseases as well as activities, tip sheets and other practical resources. For technical assistance, contact Dr. Nell Brownstein at  

Section Chair-Elect Meeting Held July 12-14

In July APHA hosted a section chair-elect meeting at the headquarters in Washington, D.C. This meeting is held yearly for section chair-elects.  The two-day meeting offers incoming chairs insight into the structure of APHA and the full range of section chair duties.  In anticipation of the SPIG’s transition to section status, SPIG Chair Lisa Renee Holderby was invited to attend. It was during this meeting Holderby was informed the SPIG had met the required number of members to apply for section status.


The Intersectional Council (ISC) Chair Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH, and ISC Chair-elect Lisa Carlson facilitated the meeting. Many APHA staffers participated in the meeting by sharing their roles at the Association, including APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin.  APHA President-elect Carmen Nevarez also stopped by to greet the incoming section chairs.  Governing Council Speaker Barbara Giloth joined the group by phone to welcome the chair-elects and offered an overview of the Governing Council. The meeting concluded with Capitol Hill visits to elected officials. 


Lisa Renee Holderby found the meeting extremely informative.  “This was a wonderful opportunity to meet all of the chair-elects, and to gain a better understanding of how the other sections function.”  Holderby was the only invitee not currently a section chair.

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 Special Primary Interest Group: 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



Wandy Hernandez Chicago Health Connections 957 W. Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60607; (312) 243-4772




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, M.A., 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,



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 Annual Meeting & Exposition


APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition - Register for the meeting and make your hotel reservation soon (housing closes Oct. 9). Note: Presenters must be individual members of APHA to present their paper(s) and must register in advance for the meeting. Session organizers and moderators are also required to be members and pay the appropriate registration fee. Hope to see you in Philadelphia!

APHA Career Guidance Center

Don't miss this opportunity! Sign up now for a one-on-one or a group session with a professional career coach at the APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition. These coaches can guide you in strategizing the next phase of your career and help you define your goals. Select a 45-minute individual session or a 90-minute group session. The group sessions are designed according to your career needs. To see which session best fits for you, please read about each coach's experience and education before setting an appointment. If you have never experienced coaching before, this is a wonderful introduction to what may become a useful service for your career!


This is the link to the Career Guidance Center:





Community Health Worker SPIG Executive Council

2009 Chair

Governing Council Representative

Lisa Renee Holderby

Community Catalyst

Tel: (617) 275-2813



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, TTUHSC

Tel: (915) 7836210


Liaison to Other APHA Sections, SPIGs &


Colleen Reinert

Migrant Health Promotion

Tel: (734) 9440244


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 Chair

Anne Willaert

Health Education Industry Partnership

Tel: (507) 3812541


Newsletter Editor

Gail Hirsch

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Tel: (617) 6246016


Communication/Continuing Education

Nell Brownstein

Centers for Disease Control &Prevention

Tel: (770) 4882570


Special Advisor

Romelia Rodriguez

Community Health Worker Network of

New York City

Tel: (718) 3505853


Special Advisor

E. Lee Rosenthal

University of Texas at El Paso

Tel: (915) 7478233