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CHW Month – August 2020!

August 2020 is recognized as CHW Month. Follow us on social media for regular updates and collaboration opportunities to celebrate the CHW Workforce.

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MiCHWA CHW Training and Curriculum

MiCHWA has developed and provides a CHW training curriculum for the entire state of Michigan. We work with training partners to organize new training opportunities.

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CHW Continuing Education Opportunities

Interested in Continuing Education opportunities to maintain MiCHWA Certification? Please check out our options by visiting our CEU opportunities page.

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Donate to MiCHWA!

Your charitable donation to MiCHWA in support of our mission will be used to support CHW scholarships and our ongoing advocacy efforts. Your donation is tax deductible.

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Our Mission

To promote and sustain the integration of community health workers (CHWs) into health and human services organizations throughout Michigan through coordinated changes in policy and workforce development.

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Who We Are

It is the vision of MiCHWA that Michigan have access to a trained and sustained CHW Workforce. Join us in an effort to achieve this vision. Our partnership opportunities can be explored by visiting the Work Groups on Our Organization page.

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Join our MiCHWA partners to sustain and develop Michigan's CHW workforce: info@michwa.org

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What We Offer

MiCHWA actively supports Community Health Worker (CHW) education, training, and workforce sustainability. Key pieces of that role include providing a Michigan-specific core competency-based training relevant to CHW skills and roles and administering a statewide CHW Registry. The 8 core compentencies are as follows:

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Competency

Role, Advocacy & Outreach

MiCHWA supports the professional and career development of CHWs.

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Legal & Ethical Responsibilities

MiCHWA integrates knowledge and action that results in social change.

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Organization & Resources

MiCHWA communicates in ways that are understandable and respectful.

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Communication Skills & Cultural Competence

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Teaching & Capacity Building

MiCHWA builds on existing resources and relationships within the state to address goals of the org.

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Coordination, Documentation & Reporting

MiCHWA facilitates the reciprocal transfer of knowledge, skills, capacity, and power.

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Healthy Lifestyles

MiCHWA disseminates findings according to established guidelines.

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Mental Health

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About Our Church

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Become a Member

MiCHWA’s core strengths as an alliance are smart partnerships and strong memberships. Our membership opportunities include: Organization, CHW, or Ally. Read to find out more about the benefits of each.

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Staff

Meet the Team

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Executive Director

Tressa Liba, BS, CCHW

Tressa Liba is a seasoned MiCHWA certified community health worker (CHW) with over 17 years in the community health profession. Ms. Liba is experienced in providing direct service and program coordination of a high-risk pregnancy program; 8 years of supervising a team of home visiting CHWs working with chronic disease, high risk pregnancy, geriatrics, infectious disease and school-based populations. Ms. Liba is a former Board President for Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance (MiCHWA) and former MiCHWA CHW Co-chair of the Policy & Finance Committee. Ms. Liba is still pursuing her education but will graduate with a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Public Administration from Aurora University in December 2021.

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Operations Manager

Jen Harst, MBA, CIA

Jen holds an MBA from Michigan State University with a dual major in Finance and Operations. She earned her Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation while auditing Ford Motor Company’s global operations. She brings a decade of experience in corporate finance and treasury roles within corporations and non-profit organizations.

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Education and Registry Manager

Porsche Fischer

Porsche began her career in social service back in 2006 while pursuing an advanced degree in Sociology at Wayne State University in Detroit. She found her true calling to help improve health outcomes for children and families while working in the community as a graduate research assistant at the School of Social Work. After graduation from WSU, she spent 10 years helping to bring free yoga to the people in metro-Detroit who need it most.

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Program Specialist

Nicole Holtz, MPA

Nicole Holtz was raised in Trenton, Michigan where she graduated from University of Michigan-Dearborn with master’s degree in Public Administration and bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She has worked in administrative and project manager roles at the National Truck Association, BASF and FCA.

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Lead Community Health Worker

Moncerrat Llamas, BA, CCHW

Moncerrat Llamas was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She is a first-generation alumna of the University of Michigan where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's and Gender Studies, Latino/a Studies, and a minor in Digital Studies. She became a Certified Community Health Worker in December of 2020. Moncerrat is passionate about public health, health promotion policy, and community advocacy.

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MiCHWA Intern

Bethany Shay, BA

Bethany was raised in Ludington, MI, a small town on the West side of the state. She attended Oakland University and obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She is currently a student at Wayne State University pursuing her Master of Social Work. Bethany has experience working with individuals who are developmentally disabled, and is passionate about working with the community.

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Local Community Health Worker

Cylor Fagan

Before moving to Kalamazoo to attend Western Michigan University, Cylor Fagan was born and raised in Jackson, MI. It was in Jackson, where Cylor first discovered his love for helping people and community advocacy when he joined his high school's Gay-Straight Alliance and local PFLAG chapter. At Western Michigan University, Cylor continued to advocate for marginalized groups  by joining the LGBT Student Advisory Council, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, and the College of Aviation's Diversity Committee. He became a Certified Community Health Worker in May of 2021 after working for a year as an HIV Case Manager.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Community Health Workers or CHWs are frontline public health workers who are trusted by the community in which they serve. To learn more, visit the About CHWs page.

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The CHW serves as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the overall health and wellness of the communities served. To learn more, visit the About CHWs page.

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14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made
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MiCHWA provides the CHW training and curriculum that is used to certify the CHW workforce in Michigan. MiCHWA also provides access to a CHW registry, continuing education opportunities, resources, and other workforce development opportunities. To learn more, visit the CHWs Training page.

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You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made
Psalms 139:13-14

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In Michigan, CHWs are known by many titles, which include but are not limited to:

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• Certified Peer Support Specialist 
• Recovery Coach 
• Community Health Advocate 
• Community Health Outreach Worker 
• Community Outreach Worker 
• Community Health Worker
• Community Neighborhood Navigator

To learn more, visit our About CHWs page.

• Early Intervention Services (EIS) Worker 
• Family Health Outreach Worker 
• Health Coach 
• Maternal Child Health Worker 
• Outreach and Enrollment Worker 
• Promotor/a

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We encourage stakeholders to become a member in one of the following ways:
1) Organization Membership: organizations who employ CHWs who are interested in our resources
2) CHW Membership: CHWs who are interested in certification and other educational opportunities
3) Ally Membership: individual stakeholders interested in advocating or supporting CHW work.

All members are able to join our networks, participate in work groups, and vote on MiCHWA-related activities. To learn more, visit our Membership page.

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Research supports that CHWs address social determinants of health: they increase health knowledge and self-sufficiency, provide social support, address the whole person and family, and link people with health insurance, health care, behavioral health, and social services.
CHWs improve self-efficacy, chronic disease management, Medicaid work requirements and access to care and benefits. CHW services also lead to cost-efficiency and benefit. Improved health outcomes are also shown in maternal and child health, aging, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and depression. To learn more, visit our About CHWs page.

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