Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County

CHW Conferences


Vision Y Compromiso
 9th Annual Conference in LA 

Latino Health Forum
Thursday October 13th
Flamingo Resort and Spa
2777 Forth Street, SantaRosa

American Public Health Association Conference 

2011 October 29-November 2,
Washington, DC (139th Meeting)
Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds & Bodies

2012 October 27-31,
San Francisco, CA (140th Meeting)
Prevention and Wellness Across the Lifespan


Driving Change, Shaping Lives

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Hotel Pennsylvania – New York City, New York


Join us on for "Paving a Path to Optimize the Role of Community Health Workers", the first conference of the New York State Community Health Worker Association.  

The conference aims to bring together community health workers (CHWs) from across the state along with health care leaders, policy makers and representatives from the public and non-profit sectors, to discuss opportunities to support and sustain the role CHWs play in improving health outcomes for New Yorkers.

During the conference, the Initiative will release a summary report, "Paving a Path to Optimize the Role of Community Health Workers" outlining recommendations related to CHW scope of practice, training and credentialing, and CHW financing. 

The conference will feature a panel discussion outlining how CHWs can be integrated into evolving health reform innovations such as accountable care organizations, health homes, and patient-centered medical homes; and how CHWs can be financed.

The Initiative will announce plans for the next phase of their work, including the launch of a statewide community health worker association in partnership with the Community Health Worker Association of Rochester and the Community Health Worker Network of NYC, which will unite the state’s regional CHW networks. The statewide association will play a leading role in providing expertise, guidance and support to efforts aimed at strengthening and improving the CHW workforce of New York.




10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                     CHW Statewide Initiative Press Conference


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                    Registration & Lunch


12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.                    Welcome

                                                                 Jamal Simmons, Master of Ceremonies

                                                                Political Commentator, Journalist


Sergio Matos
Executive Director

Community Health Worker Network of NYC


James R. Knickman

President & Chief Executive Officer

New York State Health Foundation


12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                      Special Address


“Making Community Health Workers Count: A Global Perspective”

Christy Turlington Burns, Founder 
Every Mother Counts


1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                         Keynote Address

 “Agents of Change: The Role of CHWs in Transforming Health and Social Systems across the United States”

Jacqueline Scott

                                                                National Academy for State Health Policy


2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.                         Plenary Address

 “Making a Difference Where it Counts: Community Health Workers & The Empire State”                                                 

The Honorable Richard N. Gottfried (invited)

State Representative (D-Manhattan)

Chair, Health Policy Committee

New York State Assembly


2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                         Break & Light Refreshments


3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                         Plenary Panel Presentations

 Hospital, Community Health Center and Community Based Organization Perspectives: The Role of CHWs within Health Homes, ACOs, and PCMHs


Moderator:  Jamal Simmons, Political Commentator, Journalist


 Karen S. Westervelt (invited)

Special Policy Advisor for Primary Care Development

New York State Department of Health


Douglas Reich, MD, Medical Director

Department of Family Medicine

Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center


Elisa Estrella

Office of Minority Health

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services           


                                                                Jacqueline Martinez

                                                                Senior Program Officer

                                                                New York State Health Foundation


                                                                Yvonne Stennett (invited)

                                                                Executive Director

Community League of the Heights (CLOTH)


4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.                         Closing & Moving Forward

Sergio Matos 
Executive Director

Community Health Worker Network of NYC


Binational Conferencia de Promotoras 

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Berkeley, CA 94720; Office: (510) 643-1291;Fax: (510)



Change You Can Believe In:

Community Health Workers Meeting Today’s Challenges

May 16-19th 2011





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Advocating for a Culturally Diverse CHW Association in California 
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