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Community Health Worker - Archived Newsletters
Section Newsletter
Spring/Summer 2007

Message from the Chair

Warm greetings to all of our members, allies and supporters.  Welcome to the summer edition of our newsletter. The Community Health Worker Special Primary Interest Group SPIG of APHA continues to provide a forum for considering issues of significance to the field. 

 

Founded in 1872, APHA is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world.  The association 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 issues important to our practice.

 

As our field continues to grow, it is increasingly important to keep up with emerging research, policy and legislation. 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 14,000 members in attendance to consider utilizing CHWs to help improve access, appropriateness and efficiency of public health interventions.  In his plenary speech, Dr. Farmer, a world-renown expert in public health efforts around the world, also encouraged the audience 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 key legislative and policy updates and a brief description of our program for the upcoming 135th APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition 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.

 

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

 

Groundbreaking National CHW Workforce Study Released by HRSA

On May 23, 2007, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released the “Community Health Workers National Workforce Study,” a comprehensive national report of the CHW workf orce.  The report describes the 27-month study, which included the following:

1) a comprehensive review of the literature, including articles, books, published and unpublished reports and literature reviews;

2) national and state estimates of the number of CHWs currently engaged in paid and volunteer positions, making using databases from the Census and the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics;

3) a survey of verified CHW employers in all 50 states, with questions about the type, health goals, and sustainability of the programs, in addition to the characteristics, education, skills, type of job held, salary, and career potential of the employed and volunteer CHWs; and

4) additional in-depth interviews of employers and CHWs in Arizona, Massachusetts, New York and Texas.

 

For the valuable annotated bibliography, first, a comprehensive list of articles, books, and published and unpublished reports was compiled. These items, including nine published literature reviews from 2002 to 2006, summarized in Chapter 6 of the report, were examined for supporting evidence in addressing the topics of the study. Forty-five of the articles judged to be of particular significance because they were published in reviewed journals, seminal, highly quoted, and/or of noteworthy methodology were selected and summarized in an annotated bibliography published separately from the report.

 

The report is available at: http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce/chw/

 

Submitted by Krina Patel

CHW Legislative and Policy Updates

There have been significant recent state and federal legislative efforts involving CHWs.  The APHA CHW SPIG Newsletter will now include a special feature on legislative and policy updates in each issue.

 

This update will focus on state efforts in Minnesota, Washington, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts; and federal efforts (the Solis Bill).  You’ll find summaries of the following:

 

Minnesota: The appropriation in Minnesota that makes CHW services eligible for Medicaid reimbursement, providing the CHW has completed a standard training curriculum;

 

Washington State: The appropriation in Washington state for a four-year demonstration project of cost-effectiveness of asthma management involving CHWs under the Medicaid Program;

 

Pennsylvania: The executive order in Pennsylvania that establishes powers for the new chronic care commissioner to design and adopt the use of programs, including CHW programs, that support individuals to self manage and live with chronic conditions;

 

Massachusetts: The preliminary implementation of Section 110 of the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act that will produce recommendations for a sustainable CHW program; and

 

Federal:  The introduction of federal legislation that would make CHWs eligible for grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CDC.

 

 

State Efforts:

 

Minnesota

Great news and a time for the CHWs in Minnesota to celebrate!! On May 25, 2007, an appropriation bill, H.F. 1078, was signed in Minnesota, which designated reimbursement for community health workers through the Medicaid/Medicare program, providing the CHW has completed a standard training curriculum.  The state still must define the activities to be covered, and must negotiate this policy with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  The passing of the bill is only the first step toward reimbursement; Minnesota is continuing its movement at the federal level and through other processes and partnerships to help establish a sustainable market for CHWs. 

 

Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 256B.0625, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

Sub. 49. Community health worker.

(a) Medical assistance covers the care coordination and patient education services provided by a community health worker if the community health worker has:

(1) received a certificate from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System approved community health worker curriculum; or

(2) at least five years of supervised experience with an enrolled physician, registered nurse, or advanced practice registered nurse.  Community health workers eligible for payment under clause (2) must complete the certification program by January 1, 2010, to continue to be eligible for payment.

(b) Community health workers must work under the supervision of a medical assistance enrolled physician, registered nurse, or advanced practice registered nurse.

 

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard in helping us to achieve this goal, especially the Minnesota Community Health Worker Policy Council.  

 

 

 

Washington State

In May 2007, the state legislature of Washington appropriated nearly $1 million for a four-year demonstration by the Seattle-King County Health Department to improve asthma management among Medicaid-eligible children.  The Washington Department of Social and Health Services is to contract with Seattle-King County Health Department to have trained CHWs visit Medicaid-eligible children in their homes to identify and reduce exposure to asthma triggers, improve clients' self-management skills, and coordinate clients' care with their primary care and specialty providers.

 

Part of Section 209 (18) of the Substitute House Bill 1128 of Chapter 522 of the Laws of 2007 reads:

“The contract shall include an evaluation of the impact of the services provided under the contract on urgent physician's visits, emergency room utilization, and inpatient hospitalization.”

 

Massachusetts

Last April, Massachusetts passed Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006 (the MA Health Care Reform Act), which included Section 110 on CHWs.  Section 110 calls for the Department of Public Health (DPH) to “make an investigation and study relative to: (a) using and funding of community health workers by public and private entities in the commonwealth; (b) increasing access to health care, particularly Medicaid-funded health and public health services; and (c) eliminating health disparities among vulnerable populations.”  In addition, Section 110 asks that “the department convene a statewide advisory council to assist in developing said investigation, interpreting its results, and developing recommendations for a sustainable community health worker program…”

 

DPH is currently implementing Section 110 in the following ways:

1) Designing and implementing a survey of DPH community-based vendors who do outreach to assess the utilization and funding of CHWs;

2) Conducting a literature review of data relevant to Massachusetts in the areas of: CHW effectiveness in increasing access and eliminating health disparities; and any relevant cost-related/cost-effectiveness/return on investment findings; and

3) Working with the state health commissioner to convene the statewide CHW Advisory Council.

 

 

Pennsylvania

On May 21, 2007, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell signed an executive order, which establishes the “Governor's Chronic Care Management, Reimbursement and Cost Reduction Commission.” One of the new Commissioner’s powers, under subsection 2.i., reads as follows: 

 

“Design and adopt the use of programs that utilize the proper personnel to support individuals in their efforts to self manage and live with chronic conditions, including use of community health worker programs.”

 

The announcement, including text of the Executive Order, can be found at:

http://www.emaxhealth.com/24/13001.html

 

 

Federal Efforts:

 

Solis Bill

 

On April 29, 2007, Rep. Hilda L. Solis, D-Calif., introduced H.R. 1968, the “Community Health Workers Act of 2007,” to support the efforts of community health workers by providing grants to states, local or tribal governments, and community-based organizations.  Currently, the bill is in the first stage of the legislative process and has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The bill, as introduced, can be found at: www.borderhealth.org/files/res_875.pdf

 

Submitted by Krina Patel, Carl Rush and Anne Willaert

 

Exciting Community Health Worker Program Planned for APHA Annual Meeting

The APHA Annual Meeting is scheduled for Nov.3 – 7, 2007 in Washington, D.C.  The Community Health Worker SPIG will be hosting a nine sessions, which will include poster, roundtable and oral formats.  The topic this year is “Politics, Policy and Public Health,” which fits well with the movement we are experiencing in the community health worker role.  We have a variety of speakers, including many CHWs who will share their expertise focusing on new policy as it relates to CHWs, the development of the American Association for Community Health Workers and on newly published research and articles. 

 

The CHW SPIG will also be hosting various business meetings and a reception on the evening of Nov. 5 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  To check out the schedule and register, please visit the APHA Web site at www.apha.org/meetings.

 

Submitted by Anne Willaert

9th Annual UNITY Conference: “Community Health Workers as Essential Components of Public Health: Solving the Disparities and Access Puzzle” Held in Tampa

The 9th Annual Unity Conference was held May 20-24 at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa, Fla., and more 270 registrants attended from 24 different states and four Native American nations.  This year’s theme, entitled “Community Health Workers as Essential Components of Public Health:  Solving the Disparities and Access Puzzle”, was emphasized in the 16 posters and 13 roundtable peer-reviewed sessions by CHWs in a variety of public health settings.  There was a new approach to this year’s opening session, which included a lively game of “Identity” to help showcase the diversity of our CHWs. 

 

Breakout session topics included networking and capacity-building for CHWs, innovative approaches to breast and cervical cancer, and the role of promotores in strengthening public health along the U.S.-Mexico border.  Plenary sessions included updates about the American Association of CHWS and health literacy.  Skill-building sessions covered breastfeeding, nutrition, substance abuse and innovative approaches to working with specific populations.  A special four-hour training was even offered in Spanish this year on diabetes education within the Latino community.  Intermixed with all these amazing presentations were opportunities to network and share experiences with CHWs from all over the country. 

 

It wasn’t all work and no play, though, for Susan Mayfield-Johnson and Rebekah Young made sure we could have a few laughs.  Creating a CHW version of the popular game show “Family Feud”, participants formed teams and answered a variety of questions that were asked to 100 CHWs.  There were lots of laughs — and tears — at the closing reception, as Anita Buel from Minnesota was awarded the 2nd Annual Esther M. Holderby Dedicated CHW Award.  Carl Rush also shared the great news that the federal government has officially recognized CHWs as a work force!  A report conducted by HRSA in 2005 found that over 120,000 CHWs were working in communities.  I think most participants left the conference inspired and thankful for the opportunity to come together each year.  What an amazing week!

 

Submitted by Melissa Thomas

Anita Buel Recognized as Dedicated Community Health Worker

No Unity Conference would be complete without the annual Unity Reception, and this year was no exception. On May 23, at the Big City Tavern, in Tampa, Fla., hundreds of CHWs and supporters of CHWs gathered to celebrate the work of CHWs.  It has become a tradition to honor one CHW each year as the recipient of the Esther M. Holderby Dedicated Community Health Worker Award. Nominations from across the country are submitted, and the family of the late Esther M. Holderby makes the selection. Anita Buel of Minnesota was this year’s recipient.

 

Anita is the co-chair of the Minnesota CHW Peer Network and founding member of the Deaf Community Health Workers Network. She has worked as a CHW serving deaf clients in a variety of health areas including breast cancer and hospice care.  In addition, Anita was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Randy Shaver Foundation in Minnesota for her work with the “Pink Deafies,” a group of deaf breast cancer survivors, to expand the educational programming and create videos to share the stories of her “Pink Deafies” with a wider audience. She carries immense credibility with breast cancer survivors because Anita is a 24-year survivor.

 

A news clip from a local Minnesota news station highlighting Anita’s work was shown during the award ceremony. While the clip shared only a small slice of Anita’s work, there was no doubt of Anita’s compassion and commitment to her community. As Anita accepted the award, there were few dry eyes in the house.  She graciously thanked all and reminded those in attendance that all are dedicated CHWs.

 

In addition to the presentation of the 2007 Esther M. Holderby dedicated CHW Award, several nominees were awarded Honorable Mention certificates. CHWs receiving certificates were Evelyn Acguinzoni (New York), Terri Barrera (Michigan), Rhonda Bundy (Massachusetts), Amelia Cardenas (Florida), Idolina Castro (Arizona), Elsa Cocoa (Arizona), Amanda Hill (Georgia), Kim Nixon (New York) and Gabriela Ortiz (Nebraska).

 

Submitted by Lisa Renee Siciliano

CHWs form American Association of CHWs (AACHW)

 

For many years CHWs, our allies and partners (probably many of you) have been on the journey to create and develop a diverse national association for and by CHWs. Many of us have envisioned a national association that would lead the charge for CHW work force development, policy, financing, research, training and education. The journey on the road to fulfilling this vision has been full of challenges and setbacks but has also been marked by progress and success.

 

We still need you to help us in building a truly national, diverse, CHW-led organization. We need more CHWs for our subcommittees.  We are activating our national advisory council this year and would love to have more CHWs sign up. The elected steering committee will also be looking at terms of service and future nomination/election protocols and processes. By the end of this year will be moving forward in an effort to reach all the CHWs we can, across the country, in a comprehensive way.

 

I pay homage and give thanks to the more than 200 CHWs-allies-partners who attended approximately eight meetings and participated in four conferences calls over the last six years to give input into the model that has become the American Association of CHWs. Your input has informed where we are today with the association -- none of those meetings or calls were in vain!

 

Within the last six months we have achieved many milestones that build on the work of many of you over the recent years, and we also acknowledge that we are standing on the shoulders and achievements of those who have been CHWs or supporters of CHWs over the years, decades and indeed centuries of struggle.

 

The association steering committee has held monthly calls to continue to develop infrastructure and communications systems for the association. We will file articles of incorporation during this calendar year and get a Web site up and running very soon. Most of our work also revolves around reviewing materials and documents from our very active subcommittees, many of which have conferences calls twice a month.

 

The policy committee has developed the draft of core values documents and is addressing other CHW policy priorities that we will detail soon as well as beginning to draft a CHW code of ethics document. The vision-mission-bylaws committee has developed draft mission and vision statements to be reviewed by the steering committee and will also begin to develop bylaws. The membership-outreach-diversity committee has developed some draft documents related to membership benefits, structures and dues.

 

I thank members of all committees for doing some real work in between CHW meetings and conferences to make the association happen. I also thank the Harrison Law Institute staff and students for supporting our infrastructure development efforts.

 

Please see our Vision Statement and Core Values:

 

American Association of Community Health Workers

Vision Statement

March 2007

 

The American Association of Community Health Workers has formed for an ambitious and expansive set of purposes.  We envision:

 

  • A national association that will serve as a governing body for us that promotes issues important to us;
  • A national association that supports our leadership and professional development
  • A governing body taking a leadership role in the development of coordinated health and social policies that promote equal access to health and social services; and
  • An association that recognizes us beyond the health arena for our unique perspective and impact on the physical, mental and social wellness of our communities.

 

Core Values of Community Health Workers as defined by the

American Association of Community Health Workers

 

Community Health Workers play a unique role in promoting well-being in our communities. We are the bridge between communities and traditional health care and human service systems. We work to build community capacity to ensure that communities are active participants in improving their health status. The foundation of Community Health Workers rests on the core values that define our profession. These core values are based on the history, unique role and ongoing development of our field. 

 

For more information or to join, please contact Co-Chairs Durrell Fox and Pam Chapman (Durrell.Fox@umassmed.edu or pam.chapman@spectrumhealth.org).

 

Submitted by Durrell Fox

 

 

 

 

Community Health Worker Initiative of Boston

The Community Health Worker Initiative of Boston, a new 31-organization partnership, is officially launching, after a 10 month planning period, a variety of education, training and systems change advocacy activities on behalf of CHWs.  The CHW Initiative provides services to CHWs and their employers to create career pathways and build a skilled work force with the mission of ensuring community health workers access to education and skills training leading to sustainable jobs, living wages and career pathways, while promoting policies that ensure appropriate employer funding to achieve these goals.

 

In May 2006, SkillWorks, a work force development funder in the Boston area, provided $50,000 to the CHW Initiative to help plan the program.  As lead partner, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) brought together 30 organizations with expertise in a variety of areas to develop and implement the program.

 

The CHW Initiative is divided into two components.  The first, which is focused on creating enhanced career opportunities for community health workers: provides education and training to workers; helps create an enhanced career path for workers through one-to-one coaching, career plan development and assistance in accessing training and education programs; and supports the expansion of the certificate program at the Community Health Education Center (CHEC) and the creation of a community health concentration at two community colleges and a state university.  The second component centers on policy work and systems change advocacy, by working with employers to develop career ladders for CHWs and implement model HR practices as well as working with government agencies and public and private organizations to increase funding for community health workers and create policies supportive to workforce development.  This blend of education and training services along with policy systems change advocacy in a program that serves both CHWs and their employers means the CHW Initiative signifies a new model in the effort to develop the community health worker field.  In order to document the anticipated successes, a third-party evaluation is being conducted to assess the program’s outcomes.

 

The Community Health Worker Initiative of Boston represents a $2.2 million  investment in Boston CHWs over three years.  While funding is coming from SkillWorks, much of the money originates from a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant made to that organization on behalf of CHW professional development.

 

Submitted by Roma Goodlander

 

A CHW’s View of Community Health Worker National Education Collaborative: From a CHW-NEC Advisory Committee Co-chair

I recall the journey of the original concept paper for a national CHW training and education model that, within a few years, became the CHW-NEC. As we end the first three year funding cycle of the CHW-NEC, the advisory council is looking to continue to be a group that is able to connect with and inform CHW training and education programs across the country. We have been building relationships with the CHW-NEC technical assistance and adapter colleges and universities. A complete list of the advisory council and CHW-NEC partner institutions can be found at www.chw-nec.org.

 

The Advisory Council has identified 10 key considerations that fall under seven Promising Practice areas organized around key steps in the development of a CHW program (these were all listed the last edition of this newsletter). One of the overarching key considerations prioritizes the integration of CHWs leadership at all levels in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. We feel this will provide the strongest foundation for creating a truly responsive CHW training and education program. The Advisory Council notes that advocacy to assure educational program sustainability and to promote the needs of communities served by CHWs should be anticipated by all CHW educational programs.

 

During the next few months, the advisory council will be teaming up with CHW-NEC staffers to develop a list and examples of the council’s key considerations in action. We will be completing structured interviews with key stakeholders to develop documentation of key considerations in action. The key considerations are evident at the core of any effective CHW- centered and -driven training and educational program. These considerations embrace practices that support CHW leadership and development. The considerations also contribute to successful training programs not just in the view of CHWs, but also in the views of our allies, partners, faculty and academic partners-administrations.

 

Please continue to support us and stay tuned as we prepare a strong finish this year, the final year of this project cycle. We look forward to sustaining some of the efforts began by the CHW-NEC, and the Advisory Council looks for your input on how we can continue to assist, inform and guide CHW training and education efforts in this country.

 

Submitted by Durrell Fox

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 Newsletter Editor Gail Ballester at gail.ballester@state.ma.us or (617) 624-6016.

 

 

State and National CHW Networks

 

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS (AACHW)

 

 

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; e-mail: 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; E-mail: 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 or 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 at www.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

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; LWilliams@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 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 subscriptions to 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 www.apha.org/about/membership  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

Phone: (718) 742-2675

Fax: (718) 742-2654

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 Advisor

E. Lee Rosenthal

elrosenthal@utep.edu

 

 

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 Editor

Gail Ballester

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Boston, MA 02108

Phone: (617) 624-6016

Fax: (617) 624-6062

gail.ballester@state.ma.us

 

 

Membership and Recruitment

Dwyan Monroe

monroedy@umdnj.edu   

Spring/Summer 2007