Community Health Workers
What is a Community Health Worker? The American Public Health Association defines a community health worker as a person who:
- Is a front-line public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served.
- Serves as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.
- Builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.
Community Health Workers - Links and Additional information
Kim K, Choi JS, Choi E, Nieman CL, Joo JH, Lin FR, Gitlin LN, Han HR. Effects of community-based health worker interventions to improve chronic disease management and care among vulnerable populations: A systematic review. AJPH. 2016;106(4):671. http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2015.302987a
Urban Institute Papers: four papers on CHWs, with important implications for CHW sustainability: http://urban.org/careworks/
A Summary of State Community Health Worker Laws (July 2013) - http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/pubs/docs/CHW_State_Laws.pdf
Bureau of Labor and Statistics Definition of a Community Health Worker (April 2013) - http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211094.htm
CHW highlighted as a narrative piece in the latest edition of Health Affairs - January 2013
Joseph F. West, To Fight Bad Sugar, Or Diabetes, My Neighborhood Needs More Health Educators. Health Affairs, 32, no.1 (2013):184-187
Community Health Workers as Drivers of a Successful Community-Based Disease Management Initiative - American Journal of Public Health, August 2012, Vol 102, No.8
Effectiveness of a CHW Intervention among African American and Latino adults with Type 2 Diabetes - American Journal of Public Health, December 2011, Vol 101, No 12, Spencer et al.
Greetings from MiCHWA! ~~~ CHW Training Opportunities
We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming MiCHWA CHW training opportunities starting in October 2017. The training locations and dates are listed below:
- Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, MI: October 2 - November 13, 2017
- Henry Ford College M-TEC, Dearborn, MI: October 17 - December 12, 2017
- Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI: October 16 - November 17, 2017
- Hybrid in-person/virtual training
The flyers for each training include further details about the schedule, cost, and registration. Information can also be found on the MiCHWA website: CHW Training Opportunities.
Please share the flyers with any employers and individuals who may be interested in the MiCHWA CHW Training Program and training opportunities.
For questions about the MiCHWA CHW Training Program and/or the upcoming CHW training opportunities, please contact us by phone (734-998-6031) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance (MICHWA) Update Newsletter
- Vol 5 (1), January 2016 - MiCHWA January 2016 Newsletter
For an archive of MiCHWA newsletters, please visit their website at www.michwa.org.
Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance (MICHWA) Social Media
- Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance website
- Facebook link - http://on.fb.me/NenUF3
- Twitter link - https://twitter.com/Mi_CHWA
New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Online Course
- COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS. The course is led by instructors from CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and focuses on the important role CHWs play in preventing and controlling chronic disease.
- Topics include: Recommendations for building a sustainable CHW workforce; Strategies for systems changes to facilitate the inclusion of CHWs as sustainable members of health care teams; Resources that can assist state health departments in successfully engaging CHWs in chronic disease prevention and control efforts. You may view the course in its entirety or one module at a time, individually or together with colleagues.
- The CDC offers a course on Promoting Policy and Systems Change To Expand Employment of Community Health Workers (CHWs). This course is designed to provide state programs and other stakeholders with basic knowledge about Community Health Workers (CHWs), such as official definitions of CHWs, workforce development, and other topic areas. In addition, the course covers how states can become engaged in policy and systems change efforts to establish sustainability for the work of CHWs, including examples of states that have proven success in this arena.