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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 Molly Martin at molly_martin@rush.edu or 312-942-2540.

 

NATIONAL CHW ASSOCIATIONS

 

American Association of Community Health Workers
Durrell Fox, Co-Chair, dfoxnehec@aol.com

 

APHA CHW Section
http://www.apha.org/membergroups/sections/aphasections/chw 
Wandy Hernandez,
Chair, 

Tel:.(312) 878-7018

www.wandyhdz@healthconnectone.org

 

National Association of Community Health Representatives
http://www.nachr.net; Ramona Dillard, CHR/CHWD, rdillard@lagunatribe.org,

Pueblo of Laguna, Laguna, NM; (505) 552-6652  

 

Community Health Representatives (CHR) Area Associations 

Oklahoma Area Association of Community Health Representatives (OAACHR)

c/o Cyndi Gilks, President, Muscogee (Creek) Nation CHR Program

Phone: (918) 623-1925  

Email:  Cyndi.gilks@creekhealth.org

 

New Mexico/Southern Colorado CHR Association (NMSCCHRA)

Alk'inibaa' Mermejo, President   

Phone: (505) 660-8627 or (505) 455-4115

dinewarriorwoman@yahoo.com

akeemmermejo@sanipueblo.org 

 

Aberdeen Area Community Health Representatives Association (AACHRA)

John Eagle Shield, President; (701) 854-3856; srchr@westriv.com

 

 

STATE AND REGIONAL CHW ASSOCIATIONS

ARIZONA
Arizona Community Health Outreach Workers Network
Kathleen Gilligan, Coordinator, http://azchow.org, (520) 705-8861

azchow.network@gmail.com.

 

 

CALIFORNIA
Community Health Worker/Promotoras Network
http://www.visionycompromiso.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=6&Itemid=4
Maria Lemus, Executive Director, (510) 232-7869,
chwpromotoras@aol.com or mholl67174@aol.com

 

FLORIDA
REACH-Workers
—The Community Health Workers of Tampa Bay
Michelle Dublin, Chair, (727) 588-4018,
Michelle_Dublin@doh.state.fl.us

 

Florida Community Health Worker Coalition
A statewide partnership dedicated to the support and promotion of the CHW profession in Florida;
http://www.doh.state.fl.us/family/chronicdisease/CHW_Coalition/

Susan Fleming at Susan_Fleming@doh.state.fl.us

 

GEORGIA

Georgia Community Health Advisor Network
Gail McCray, (404) 752-1645,
gmccray@msm.edu 

 

ILLINOIS
Chicago CHW Local Network
Leticia Boughton, at HealthConnect One, (312) 243-4772

http://chwnetwork.wordpress.com/

 

INDIANA

Indiana Community Health Worker Coalition

JoBeth McCarthy-Jean, MPH, JMccarthy-Jean@isdh.IN.gov

http://www.in.gov/isdh/24942.htm

http://www.facebook.com/IndianaCHW
Email: INcommunityhealth@gmail.com
Tel:  317-370-8757

 

LOUISIANA

Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network (LACHON); Email: lachws@gmail.com  or call Ashley Wennerstrom at (504) 988-4007 or Kristina Gibson at 504-523-6221, ext. 172.   

They are also on Facebook, and their Twitter account is @LACHON1. 

 

MARYLAND
Community Outreach Workers Association of Maryland, Inc
.
Carol Payne (410) 664-6949, carol.b.payne@hud.gov

 

MASSACHUSETTS
Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers
, www.machw.org
Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox, Executive Director, (508) 756-6676, ext. 23,
lrfox@machw.org.  

 

MICHIGAN

Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance (MiCHWA)

Katherine Mitchell, MSW
Project Coordinator
Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance (MiCHWA)
1080 South University Avenue, SSW 3759
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Office: 734-615-7972, Cell: 248-345-9930
mitchkl@umich.edu, www.michwa.org 
 

Michigan Community Health Worker Network

Co-leaders: Marta Lugo Rodriguez (mlugo-rodriguez@chasscenter.org) and Yessenia Rodriguez (yessenia.rodriguez@spectrumhealth.org)

The CHW Network is a CHW-led MiCHWA working group focused on supporting the profession and promoting CHW leadership.

 

MINNESOTA
Minnesota CHW Peer Network

http://www.wellshareinternational.org/chwpeernetwork.us
Anita Buel, Chair, (612) 2933502,
anita.dchw@gmail.com  
Sophia London, Co-Chair,
Sophia.London@hcmed.org

 

MN CHW Peer Network brings Twin Cities CHWs together for learning and continuing education approximately 4-6 times per year.  The co-chairs of the Peer Network serve as conveners for the trainings and help the group identify topics for continuing ed.  They are busy CHWs who provide leadership to the network on a volunteer basis. 

 

The Minnesota CHW Alliance is a broad-based partnership of CHWs and stakeholder groups who meet monthly and work together to advance the CHW role in the state.  The curriculum, scope of practice, workforce development efforts, payment legislation and Day at the Capitol have come out of this group and its predecessor, the MN CHW Policy Council.  Contact Joan Cleary, part-time interim director; joanlcleary@gmail.com.  

 

NEW JERSEY
The New Jersey CHW Institute supports the development of CHW groups
Carol Wolff, (856) 963-2432, ext. 202;
wolff_c@Camden-AHEC.org

 

NEW MEXICO
New Mexico Community Health Workers Association;
http://www.nmchwa.com/

Bette Jo Ciesielski, (505) 255-1227, nmchwa@yahoo.com

 

NEW YORK
Statewide:
Community Health Worker Network of New York State
http://chwnetwork.org/id49.html 

 

New York City: Community Health Worker Network of NYC
http://chwnetwork.org 
Sergio Matos, Executive Director, (212) 481-7667,
sergio@chwnetwork.org
Romy Rodriguez, Chair,
romelia@chwnetwork.org

 

Community Health Workers Association of Rochester:
http://www.chwrochesterny.org.

Glenda Blanco, Chair, (585) 922-3507, glenda.blanco@rochestergeneral.org

 

Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo

Director:  Jessica Bauer Walker

104 Maryland Street

Buffalo, NY  14201

716-548-6727

www.chwbuffalo.org

jessica@chwbuffalo.org

 

OHIO
Ohio Community Health Worker Association
http://www.med.wright.edu/CHC/programs/ochwa.html
Jewel Bell, President, (513)464-8404,
jewel.bell@att.net

 

OREGON
Oregon Community Health Workers Association
Lizzie Fussell
Coordinator, Oregon Community Health Worker Association
Oregon Latino Health Coalition
T: 971-295-3124
E: lizzie@oregonlatinohealthcoalition.org
www.oregonlatinohealthcoalition.org

 

RHODE ISLAND

Community Health Worker Association of Rhode Island 

http://www.chwassociationri.org

Beth Lamarre, Coordinator, (401) 270-0101, ext 149; chwassociationri@gmail.com

 

TEXAS
Northern Texas Community Health Worker Resource Coalition

Claudia Busto, (806)765-2611, ext 1024.  cbustos@chcl.tachc.org  

South Texas Promotora Association
Merida Escobar, President/CEO, (956) 383-5393, stpa08@sbcglobal.net

Texas Gulf Coast CHW/Promotores Association (TGCCPA)
1302 Waugh Drive #689
Houston, TX 77019
Website: www.tgccpa.wordpress.com
Denise LaRue, MPH, CHW Instructor- tgccpa@gmail.com Secretary Donaji Stelzig, MPH, CHES, CHW/CHW Instructor- Donaji.stelzig@harrishealth.org President Chair

  

WISCONSIN

Wisconsin CHW Alliance
Venoncia M. Baté-Ambrus
Director of Workforce Development & Diversity
Milwaukee AHEC
Tel: 847-922-2359
Email: criollav@Hotmail.com
Lynette Weathers
CHW Project Specialist
Milwaukee AHEC
Tel: 414-344-0675 ext. 228 

 

Other National CHW Resources

 

National Día de la Mujer Latina Promotores Network

http://www.diadelamujerlatina.org; Venus Ginés, M.A. P/CHWI  

PH: (281)489-1111

Email: info@diadelamujerlatina.org

 

CHW Online Training

Get a 50% discount on training when you register using code APHACHW!

  • Navigating Health Insurance (http://chwtraining.org/insurance) - An upcoming online seminar targeted to CHWs that need to learn the basics about insurance so they can help individuals enroll in a plan and interact with insurance providers.
  • Community Health Worker Core Skills (http://chwtraining.org/core) – A 6-week online seminar that covers core competencies for CHWs, including organizational skills, documentation skills, health disparities, assessment skills and service coordination.
  • Navigating Travel Health Insurance Toolkit (http://bit.ly/chw-travel) - A free toolkit including worksheets, checklists and resources that CHWs can use to help people find health coverage when traveling.

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