Spectrum Health CHW Conference

Save the Date!

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 dionne.chivis@spectrumhealth.org or
    Susie Williamson at 616.391.1974 or susie.williamson@spectrumhealth.org

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