MiCHWA and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), with funding through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), partner on a semi-annual survey of Michigan’s CHW programs and employers. The survey’s intent is to better understand the existing CHW employment environment, providing crucial data data to assist state and local officials, health and human service system representatives, and health and human service payer organizations in understanding the growing array of CHW activities statewide to shape our CHW policy and financing agenda in Michigan. All surveys were granted exempt from review status by the University of Michigan Institutional Review Board.
MiCHWA works with CHWs and their programs statewide. With a network of over 800 participants, MiCHWA distributed this survey to relevant stakeholders statewide. MiCHWA staff and management team members have extensive experience conducting community-based participatory research, including surveys. As the research arm of MiCHWA, the Evaluation Advisory Board, oversaw the project and worked directly with the MDHHS Survey Team.
The MDHHS Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit sought to complete a statewide assessment of CHWs as part of their Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant (CDC-RFA-DP13-1305). This created a natural collaborative opportunity for MiCHWA and MDHHSto work together on the survey in both 2014 and 2016.