- Develop a recommendation for Continuing Education, including process and procedures
- Create and finalize application forms for grandparenting and employer verification
- Launch, analyse, and update the CHW registry, in coordination with MiCHWA staff and registry developers
- Ongoing support and review for the registry, in coordination with MiCHWA staff
- Identify next steps for MiCHWA’s CHW curriculum implementation and evaluation on an ongoing basis
The Education & Workforce Working Group seeks to learn about community health worker education in Michigan and elsewhere in order to make recommendations to MiCHWA’s Steering Committee concerning CHW curriculum, certification, and definition of CHW scope of practice. Last year, the group reviewed certification models from across the US and made recommendations for Michigan’s future governance of CHWs. This year, the group is actively making recommendations about the specifics of CHW education and delivery models in Michigan, including governance.
MiCHWA’s core competency curriculum launched in 2015. You can learn more about the training, including when and where it is being offered, on our CHW training page.
The 126-hour curriculum covers the following competencies:
- Role, Advocacy and Outreach
- Organization and Resources: Community and Personal Strategies
- Teaching and Capacity Building
- Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
- Coordination, Documentation and Reporting
- Communication Skills and Cultural Competence
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Mental Health
Each competency module covers several objectives. You can download an overview of the curriculum’s objectives here.
City/Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Program/Agency: Spectrum Health
Why is your working group important for achieving CHW sustainability in Michigan? The Education and Workforce work group provides a safe platform for discussion and decision making regarding the core competencies of a Community Health Worker through the Certification curriculum and the ongoing educational expectations for this profession.
Why are you involved with CHWs? The CHW role is one of the most effective professions at connecting with the most vulnerable populations served in healthcare. The more I can do to help this profession succeed, the greater impact we can have at addressing inequities, and achieving a higher quality of life for all people.
City/Location: Muskegon, MI
Program/Agency: Muskegon Health Project/Mercy Health
Interested in Getting Involved?
Are you a community health worker interested in CHW education and workforce development? We want YOU! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about how you can get involved.
Meetings are open to all interested parties. To join the next call, fill out our contact form.