Spectrum Health CHW Conference

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Ninth Annual Community Health Worker Conference

Community Health Workers: Lighthouse in the Community

This year’s conference will shine light on how health extends beyond the body and incorporates the mind and spirit.
Download the flyer here

Thursday, August 25, 2016
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Watch for registration information in June.

Grand Valley State University – Eberhard Center
301 West Fulton
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504-6495

Conference Objectives:

  • Identify ways to educate Community Health Workers (CHWs) on cultural competency and exploring personal biases
  • Develop methods to strengthen the professional and personal development of CHWs in their role
  • Recognize techniques to cultivate a healthy mind and spirit in self and others

Call for Poster Abstracts Now Open

Spectrum Health Healthier Communities welcomes abstracts that highlight extraordinary jobs that Community Health Workers perform in their communities. Abstracts will be considered that show Community Health Workers (CHW) in innovative and effective roles in the community they serve. The committee will review and choose abstracts for the conference.

Abstracts should be brief, emphasizing clearly their relevance to CHW practice and how the information presented can be applied in a universal setting.

Submission requirements:

Limit abstract to 300 words

  • One page
  • Typed and double spaced
  • Complete attached Presenter Contact Form
  • Abstracts should include the following:

  • Need for the program
  • Goals and objectives of the program
  • Number of years program in operation
  • Community Health Worker’s roles in the program
  • How did the CHW’s roles in service delivery improve outcome care and education in the program?
  • What external and internal support mechanisms were available for the CHW in providing services for the program?
  • What innovative documentation/evaluation strategies were developed to capture the CHW’s impact on individuals, communities and systems?
  • What role did CHW’s play in politics, policy and advocacy efforts related to the establishment of this program?
  • Poster Presenters: Registration fee will be waived for only one person per poster

    Poster abstract submissions due June 8, 2016
    Download the application here

    Contact Dionne Chivis at 616.391.2588 or or
    Susie Williamson at 616.391.1974 or

    APHA: Sewell Travel Scholarships for CHWs

    With funding from the Harold and Grace Sewell Trust Fund, the Community Health Workers (CHW) Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) will offer five $800 scholarships for community health workers to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in Denver, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2016.

    The American Public Health Association is the world’s largest organization of public health workers. It represents health advocates, health promoters, researchers, clinicians, social workers, and many others united in improving the health of the public. To learn more about this year’s meeting, visit

    This scholarship honors the important work of grass-roots advocates who promote health in their communities. We want to bring your knowledge, experience, and commitment to the CHW field to APHA. Scholarship awardees from out of town will receive funding to help pay for transportation, room and board, meals, and registration fees. Scholarships will be paid on a reimbursable basis after the Annual Meeting in November and all written reports are received.

    To be eligible for the scholarship, you must:

    • Be over 18 years of age.
    • Send a letter of reference on letterhead from the supervisor of your community health worker program. (note: this includes paid and volunteer positions)
    • Submit a written report after the Annual Meeting to be shared with the Harold and Grace Sewell Trust Fund and the scholarship committee. The report should highlight the main points you learned during the APHA Annual Meeting and be at least one page in length.
    • Attend both the CHW Section Social Reception, Monday, October 31st from 6:30-8:00pm* and the CHW Section Business Meeting, Tuesday, November 1st from 6:30-8:00pm.* Sign-in sheets will be available at these events verifying attendance.
    • Register for APHA with the CHW Section as your primary affiliation.

    Please complete the application form, available here. Additional paper and spacing may be used, if needed. Your completed application and letter of reference must be received by Friday, July 08, 2016. A review committee will score all applications; you will be notified regarding the outcome by August 5, 2016.

    Send completed applications to
    New Mexico Community Health Worker Association
    CHW Section Scholarship Committee
    ATTEN: Bette Jo Ciesielski, Director
    Sewell Scholarship Chair
    P.O. Box 81433
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87198
    Phone: Office-(505)255-1227 Cell-(505)573-3311 or

    *Times are subject to change, pending the arrangement of the final program.
    **Electronic copies are preferred, but do request confirmation of receipt

    Application available here

    Susan G. Komen Michigan Small Grants

    Susan G. Komen Michigan is proud to announce funding opportunities through our Small Grants program. Applications will be available online through the Grants eManagement System starting on May 23rd, 2016 and submission deadlines are June 1, 2016; August 1, 2016; and January 1, 2017 by noon. Additional details are in the Request for Applications document, located here.

    Please pass along this information to any organizations who may be interested and encourage them to contact Megan Smith Jovanovic,, to be added to the distribution list.

    Komen Michigan Granting Priorities for Small Grants:
    1. Pilot or capacity building evidence-based programs with a focus on:

    • Reaching populations with low screening rates, specifically those who are rarely or have never been screened. Programs should have emphasis on the uninsured, newly insured, and medically underserved by developing creative approaches to community-based/lay navigation.
    • Exploring new approaches to reach low income African American, Hispanic/Latina, and rural communities and provide opportunities to creatively meet identified educational or outreach needs.
    • Addressing disparities in mortality by developing innovative approaches to clinical patient navigation/case management programs which provide follow-up and support through diagnosis and treatment.
    • Creating innovative and culturally competent training and/or education for health care providers.
    • Developing evaluation plans or measures to enhance your organization’s ability to quantify outcomes.
    • Piloting new programs to meet identified breast health needs from Komen Michigan’s Community Profile with the intent to expand the program into a large grant request the following year.

    2. Support for local scientific or educational conferences, symposia, and meetings. Preference given to those that enhance the interaction between the healthcare, advocate, survivor, and scientific communities with a focus on engaging populations in-need as described previously.

    Training Webinar – Available Online
    A grant training webinar is posted to the Komen Grant page ( The webinar will outline the use of the GeMS system and troubleshooting tips. Note, where the webinar talks about Community Grants “CG”, you will be looking for Small Grants “SG” in GeMS, otherwise the functionality is the same. For information on funding priorities, application requirements, and budget restrictions, please review the RFA. Please review the sample contract as well to understand the requirements of the funding.

    Please send email questions following the webinar to Megan Smith Jovanovic,

    Unity Conference July 17-20 in Atlanta, GA

    Contact: Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson
    (601) 266-6266 or

    Unity 2016 Conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia – Community Health Workers: Social Change Agents Advancing Health Eq
    uity and Improving Outcomes

    The Center for Sustainable Health Outreach (CSHO) at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its 14th annual Unity conference July 17-20, 2016 at Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia. Unity 2016 is a national conference designed for and about community health workers. The theme for this year’s conference is “Community Health Workers: Social Change Agents Advancing Health Equity and Improving Outcomes.”

    Unity 2016 will address the role community health workers play in creating access to care, reducing care costs, and promoting healthy and happy communities. The conference will stress the importance of community health workers reducing health disparities; promoting social justice; shaping policy and practice; return on investment; and methods of overcoming barriers to CHW program success.

    The conference will include plenary, breakout, poster, skill-building, and roundtable workshop sessions. Community health workers are strongly encouraged to attend. Unity 2016 is an opportunity for community health workers to share knowledge, information, and expertise with other community health workers, colleagues, and policy makers. For more information on the conference, or to link to the conference agenda, please visit CSHO’s website, after March 3rd to learn more about the conference or other exciting training opportunities. For any questions about Unity 2016, contact Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson at (601) 266-6266 or

    Community health workers and other interested parties can submit a presentation abstract proposal for consideration. The Call for Abstract Presentations is now available and can be accessed at
    If you need to submit a paper submission, please contact Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson at (601) 266-6266 or for a copy of the presentation abstract form. Presentation abstract proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on March 28, 2016.

    Midtown Atlanta, heart of the arts, is known for its multicultural heritage, history, and delectable cuisines. By day, enjoy outdoor recreation, shopping and art galleries (and conference sessions). By night, catch award-winning performances, mouth-watering meals, nightlife, and top entertainers. Atlanta is an exciting place for a conference. Be sure to mark your calendars now to join us in Atlanta, Georgia for Unity 2016.

    APHA Annual Meeting

    2015_AM_logoAmerican Public Health Association Annual Meeting

    Health in All Policies

    October 31-November 4, 2015 | Chicago, Illinois

    Thanks to all who joined with us for the APHA Annual Meeting! CHWs and stakeholders from Michigan and around the country united with 13,000 public health professionals in Chicago.

    Updates and photos to come later!

    National CHW Webinar Series


    Community Health Workers: Strengthening State Networks and Building Capacity

    CHW leaders and advocates:
    Durrell Fox, Gail Hirsch, Sergio Matos, Carl Rush, and Geoffrey Wilkinson, with support from the Chronic Disease Prevention and Wellness Center of Sanofi US are honored to bring to you a national webinar series:”Community Health Workers: Strengthening State Networks and Building Capacity.” This series aims to build capacity among CHW networks in the US as part of efforts to relaunch a National CHW Association.

    Webinar 1: Development of State Networks: Learnings and Best Practices in Organizing State Networks (listen here)
    Webinar 2: Getting Started: Fundamentals of Building a CHW State Network (listen here; slides here)
    Webinar 3: Community Health Workers: Strengthening State Networks and Building Capacity (listen here; slides here)
    Webinar 4: CHW State Network Strategic Planning: Execution and Impact (listen here; slides here)

    Success with CHWs Webpage Resources

    The Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance has launched a new web-based project called Success with CHWs with support from the St. Paul Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces for Quality initiative. With an initial focus on childhood asthma and adult depression, these practical online tools are designed to help busy providers learn about and integrate proven community health worker strategies in order to improve patient outcomes, help manage costs, and better serve diverse communities. Visit

    MNCHWA Photo

    Community Health Worker Common Core (C3) Project

    Community Health Worker Common Core (C3) Project is coordinated by the University of Texas Institute for Health Policy Project on CHW Policy and Practice with funding from the Amgen Foundation and administered by the National Area Health Education Center Organization in collaboration with CHW Section of the American Public Health Association.

    The C3 Project builds on work carried out in the late 1990s as a part of the National Community Health Advisor Study (NCHAS). Since its release in 1998, many in the US have relied on the NCHAS as a guide to help identify CHW roles or scope of practice (SOP) and CHW core competencies (skills & qualities). Recognizing this, the C3 Project, including a core team from the 1998 Study joined by other experts in the field including members of a majority-CHW Advisory Committee, are undertaking a “contemporary” look at CHW roles and competencies based on an analysis of secondary data in select benchmark documents.

    In summer 2015 a “Working Report” with role and competency recommendations will be circulated for consideration and refinement by US CHW networks and other CHW leaders. Following the CHW Network review, the C3 Project team expects to release its findings and then work to build national consensus around the updated role and competency recommendations. Longer term, the Project team aims to achieve endorsement and utilization of the field-based recommendations by local, state, and national organizations seeking to further CHW education, practice, and policy.

    Read the full press release about the project, available here (also available in Spanish).

    Reports & Resources for CHWs and Programs

    APHA CHW Section Fall Newsletter 
    The Fall 2014 American Public Health Association Fall Newsletter is now available. The newsletter contains updates from CHWs and programs nationwide. Download the newsletter here.

    Road to Health Toolkit
    For a limited time, The Road to Health Toolkit and Kit El camino hacia la buena salud are available to order in large quantities, from one to 150 copies! This is your opportunity to get organized for 2015 and have toolkits for your diabetes prevention classes.

    Want more toolkits?
    For more information about this opportunity, and to order the toolkit, follow the links below:
    To order toolkits in English, click here.
    To order toolkits in Spanish, click here.
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    Contact us at with questions.

    From the NCHWAS Team: Please find the preliminary data report for the 2014 National Community Health Worker Advocacy Survey (NCHWAS). NCHWAS is the largest on-line survey of Community Health Workers ever conducted and aims to describe (1) the state of CHWs as a professional field and (2) the impact of CHW community advocacy on community engagement to address health disparities. The on-line survey was distributed to CHWs through local, state and national CHW professional associations, programs and allies and was available in English, Spanish and Korean. Data gathered through NCHWAS is intended to be ‘open source’ and available for states and CHW networks to use for planning and workforce sustainability efforts.

    From The National Community Health Worker Advocacy Survey Team:
    Dear CHWs and CHW Allies,
    On behalf of the University of Arizona’s Arizona Prevention Research Center – we are proud to announce the launch of the demographic report series for the 2014 National Community Health Worker Advocacy Survey web page, which includes the following reports:

      • National NCHWAS CHW Demographic Report
      • State-level reports for those states with 25 or more participating CHWs
      • HRSA Regional reports

    We hope these initial demographic reports support your own local CHW workforce assessment and planning needs. We look forward to providing more information in the further.

    Please click here to view and download reports :

    We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all CHWs, local, state and national CHW networks, state, local and tribal health departments, health centers and community based organizations for disseminating the survey – and to the over 1700 Community Health Workers, Promtora/es, Community Health Representatives, Community Health Aids, and Peer Aides (and the list of titles goes on) from 47 states and 4 US territories who participated in the survey.

    Please share far and wide. For questions or suggestions email us at :

    From the NCHWAS Team: Please find the preliminary data report for the 2014 National Community Health Worker Advocacy Survey (NCHWAS). NCHWAS is the largest on-line survey of Community Health Workers ever conducted and aims to describe (1) the state of CHWs as a professional field and (2) the impact of CHW community advocacy on community engagement to address health disparities. The on-line survey was distributed to CHWs through local, state and national CHW professional associations, programs and allies and was available in English, Spanish and Korean. Data gathered through NCHWAS is intended to be ‘open source’ and available for states and CHW networks to use for planning and workforce sustainability efforts.

    National Report Summary

    This report represents preliminary data for 45 of 50 United States and 4 of 14 US territories. A total of 1,995 individuals initiated the on-line survey, of which 1858 self-identified as a CHW of whom 1,767 had not taken the survey in the previous 12 months and were eligible to complete the survey. Preliminary data complied here includes data for CHWs who initiated the survey and may or may not have completed the entire survey. State and regional level reports will be made available on-line in Fall, 2014. This study was conducted by the Arizona Prevention Research Center in collaboration with Arizona community partners and CHW networks. The study was supported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (grant U48DP001925). We deeply appreciate everyone who distributed this survey to CHWs! Please share the preliminary results back with your networks and look forward to more to come! If you have questions or would like to discuss collaboration on NCHWAS data please contact us at the

    Download the 2014 NCHWAS report here.