APHA: Sewell Travel Scholarships for CHWs

With funding from the Harold and Grace Sewell Trust Fund, the Community Health Workers (CHW) Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) will offer five $800 scholarships for community health workers to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in Denver, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2016.

The American Public Health Association is the world’s largest organization of public health workers. It represents health advocates, health promoters, researchers, clinicians, social workers, and many others united in improving the health of the public. To learn more about this year’s meeting, visit http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual.

This scholarship honors the important work of grass-roots advocates who promote health in their communities. We want to bring your knowledge, experience, and commitment to the CHW field to APHA. Scholarship awardees from out of town will receive funding to help pay for transportation, room and board, meals, and registration fees. Scholarships will be paid on a reimbursable basis after the Annual Meeting in November and all written reports are received.

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must:

  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Send a letter of reference on letterhead from the supervisor of your community health worker program. (note: this includes paid and volunteer positions)
  • Submit a written report after the Annual Meeting to be shared with the Harold and Grace Sewell Trust Fund and the scholarship committee. The report should highlight the main points you learned during the APHA Annual Meeting and be at least one page in length.
  • Attend both the CHW Section Social Reception, Monday, October 31st from 6:30-8:00pm* and the CHW Section Business Meeting, Tuesday, November 1st from 6:30-8:00pm.* Sign-in sheets will be available at these events verifying attendance.
  • Register for APHA with the CHW Section as your primary affiliation.

Please complete the application form, available here. Additional paper and spacing may be used, if needed. Your completed application and letter of reference must be received by Friday, July 08, 2016. A review committee will score all applications; you will be notified regarding the outcome by August 5, 2016.

Send completed applications to
New Mexico Community Health Worker Association
CHW Section Scholarship Committee
ATTEN: Bette Jo Ciesielski, Director
Sewell Scholarship Chair
P.O. Box 81433
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87198
Phone: Office-(505)255-1227 Cell-(505)573-3311
nmchwa@yahoo.com or bjciesielski@gmail.com

*Times are subject to change, pending the arrangement of the final program.
**Electronic copies are preferred, but do request confirmation of receipt

Application available here

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