The APHA CHW Section offers several awards each year to individual CHWs. These awards aim: to recognize CHWs' dedication to their work and their efforts to benefit their community and clients; to raise awareness of the profile of CHWs in the U.S. and other countries; to promote group work by acknowledging initiative that have been undertaken collectively to encourage groups to improve their overall programming; to provide cross-country recognition for innovative and high quality programs; to provide an opportunity for the APHA CHW Section to be more know, which can result in an increase of members for our section and a stronger voice within APHA. For more information on deadlines and materials for this award, contact Rumana Rabbani or Chris Naso

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With funding from the Harold and Grace Sewell Trust Fund, the CHW Section offers scholarships to community health workers to attend APHA Annual Meetings. The scholarships honors the important work of grass-roots advocates who promote health in their communities. We want to bring your knowledge, experience, and commitment to APHA. Scholarship awardees receive funding to help pay for transportation, room and board, meals and registration fees. For more information on deadlines and materials for these scholarships, contact Chris Naso.

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2018 Award Winners

The APHA CHW Section wants to sincerely congratulate the following CHW Award winners! You all exemplify the spirit of what it means to be a Community Health Worker and we salute you!

2018 Group Award Winner: Seattle & King County Public Health, Asthma Program CHWs

2018 Outstanding CHW of the Year Award Winner: Cyndi Gonzales, Promotora (CHW) & Resident Leadership Academy Facilitator for the Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood Program through South Bay Community Services, San Diego, California

2018 Sewell Scholarship Winners

  • Angie Kuzma, Community Health Specialist II, Multnomah County Health Department, Portland, Oregon
  • Belen Quezada, WFC Corazones Sanos & Salud Program Coordinator, Westminster Free Clinic & Community Care Center, Simi Valley, California
  • Janel Hughes-Jones, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Evanston Hospital NorthShore University Health System & President-Founder, Milk Of The Heart, Plainfield, Illinois
  • Martha Madero, Promotora de Salud/Community Health Worker, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho /Family Medicine Health Center, Kuna, Idaho
  • Trisha Ware, Community Health Worker, Maine General Medical Center, Palermo, Maine