Training classes launched in Grand Rapids on January 26, 2015 and in Detroit on February 4, 2015. Read our press release here. An additional class launched March 16, 2015 in Lansing as part of the Michigan Primary Care Association‘s Linkages Project. The first three training classes are pilots. Because the MiCHWA CHW Curriculum has never been taught before, the pilot classes will give MiCHWA and its partners the opportunity to evaluate the curriculum. We will work with students, instructors, and employers to understand what worked well, what could be improved upon, and how CHWs are using their training knowledge and skills in the field.
The Detroit pilot finished March 27, 2015, the Grand Rapids pilot finished June 5, 2015, and the Lansing pilot finished August 27, 2015. MiCHWA is evaluating the pilot classes to better understand how the curriculum impacts the training participants as CHWs in the field.
Special thanks to Grand Rapids Community College, Henry Ford College, Henry Ford Health System, the Institute for Population Health, and Spectrum Health for their work on this project. Additional thanks to Anne Willaert and her colleagues in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System for their partnership on the CHW curriculum.
This project would not have been possible without the generous funding support of the Metro Health Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Spectrum Health Healthier Communities.