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Advocating for a Culturally Diverse CHW Association in California  
See CACHW http://cachw.org/



Forbes Magazine identifies Community Health Workers as Medical Concierge highlighting the ROI of Community Health Workers


Community Health Workers are recognized as the professional group best suited to functioning as "Medical Concierge" CHW are ideally suited to implementation of the triple aim of increasing access improving quality and reducing costs! As Community Health Workers, of many different job descriptions, we have known this for many years. But I think as a best kept secret Community Health Workers are out of the box...I hope this is the beginning of a tipping point in the USA medical care delivery system towards a focus on primary, secondary and tertiary prevention "WELLNESS"
http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertpearl/2013/11/21/cutting-health-care-costs-with-concierge-medicine/2/
October 13th is Community Health Worker Day!
President Barack Obama signed a Proclamation of support for Community Health Workers of all job titles on October 13, 2011. We hope you celebrate who we are and what we do!
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141st APHA Annual Meeting (November 2 - November 6, 2013): http://www.apha.org/meetings

APHA Boston 2013 CHW Program: 
https://apha.confex.com/apha/141am/webprogram/CHW.html


Session from California

Strategies for policy and systems change supporting the integration of community health workers

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM
Pamela Ford-Keach, MS California Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, CA
Lily A. Chaput, MD, MPH California Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, CA
Kate Cheyne, MPH CA4Health, Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA
Background/Purpose: Community Health Workers (CHW) are uniquely positioned to promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. The Task Force on Community Preventive Service recommends Team Based Care to support medication adherence and promote healthy behaviors. California's Community Transformation Grant, CA4Health, is designed to increase the number of physician-led teams that link with community-based resources by engaging CHWs.

Methods: Local health departments (LHDs) are playing a key role in 12 small counties to facilitate the integration of CHWs in the health care delivery team. Initial efforts focused on building capacity within communities, including evidence-based, chronic disease self-management programs led by CHWs. As access to workshops becomes more robust, LHDs are engaging communities in Wellness Summits, designed to facilitate organizational change within the health care system. Since California lacks a formal CHW certification process, counties are implementing comprehensive strategies in workforce development, occupational regulation, and financing to fully support the integration of CHWs in health care teams.

Results/Outcomes: All 12 CA4Health counties now have the capacity to offer chronic disease self-management programs, and more than 50 percent have conducted Wellness Summits. Six counties are currently working on CHW workforce development strategies, two on occupational regulations, and four on financing strategies. One small urban county has adopted a written systems change protocol within a health care setting.

Discussion: Integrating CHWs as a part of the health care team is a feasible approach to delivering high quality chronic disease care in states that lack a formal CHW certification process.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives: 
Describe the role of local health departments integrating CHWs in the health care delivery team. Identify emerging policy opportunities to support Community Health Workers. Name three strategies of a comprehensive Community Health Worker policy approach.

Keywords: Chronic Diseases, Community Health Promoters

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Ms. Keach is a nationally recognized arthritis and chronic disease expert, and a program manager within California Department of Public Health's Chronic Disease Control Branch. Ms. Keach is responsible for directing, implementing, and evaluating cardiovascular and other chronic disease program activities, and is directly involved in the implementation of CA4Health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.   










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Sonoma County
 
http://www.namisonomacounty.org/what's_new.shtml 
“Suicide Prevention & Educational Symposium”
September 10, 2012
8:30am- 4:00pm

Glaser Center / UUCSR
547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa

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Cesar Chávez Health Fair
http://www.calserves.org/events/chavez.html 
Cesar chavez day mural

Healthy Eating and Active Living

This will be the third year that the Community Health Workers are participating in this great event. It is an amazing opportunity to learn about community resources.

Come to the 2012 Cesar Chávez Health Fair!

Saturday, March 31, 2012 10am - 2pm

note  NEW Location!

Meadow View Elementary School

2665 Dutton Meadow Ave. Santa Rosa, CA.

A Free Celebration of Health!
Health Screenings, Dental Check Ups, Health Questions Answered by Professionals, Bike Rodeo, Fun & Games for Children, Music, Dancing, Hair Cuts, Farmer’s Market, Free Healthy Snacks, And much more!

The 2012 Cesar Chavez Health Fair is sponsored by:

Health Fair Sponsors



Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers Annual Meeting

Thursday September 22nd

845:am-4:00pm

Community Health Workers in the New Age: 

Addressing Certification and Emerging Roles

Schrewsbury, Massachusetts

Contact: Marion Clark-Jalbert (508) 791-3278


19th Annual 

Latino Health Forum

October 13th,2011 
7:30am -4:45pm

Contact Info:

Wanda Tapia-Thomsen, 
LHF Coordinator
707-953-8532
P.O. Box 722 
Windsor, Ca 95492
Advocating for a Culturally Diverse CHW Association in California 
See CACHW http://cachw.org/



The David Vanderryn Community Outreach Project 
Local Sonoma County CHW project accepted to APHA conference!



Sonoma County's  David Vanderryn Community Outreach Project( DVCOP) a collaboration between the Santa Rosa Juniior College (SRJC) Community Health Worker( CHW) Certificate program the  Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency (SRFMR) and  Sonoma County Academic Foundation for Excellence in Medicine (SCAFEM) abstract accepted to the APHA annual conference!

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 ABSTRACT for  Paper #244023      

Using a CHW outreach team to promote development of CHW leadership and home visiting skills and encourage innovative solutions to CHW workforce challenges in order to sustain and grow a CHW program in Sonoma County, California

Carol West, CHW; BSC OT; MBBCH; DCH 1, Janet Fisk, BS, RN, MPH-International Public Health 2, Colin Kopes Kerr, MD, JD, MPH 3, Cynthia Morfin, CHW 4, Imelda Vera, CHW 5, Shirley Davis, CHW 6, Sohier Vachon, CHW 7, Shahram Eskandarnejad, MD 8. (1) Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County, DVCOP; Santa Rosa Junior College CHW program in collaboration with Sonoma County Academic Foundation for Excellence in Medicine, 64 Century Lane, Petaluma, CA 94952. (2) Health Sciences, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa Campus, Race Building, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. (3) Board of directors, Sonoma County Academic Foundation for Excellence in Medicine;, 3569 Round Barn Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. (4) Community Health Worker, DVCOP; Santa Rosa Junior College CHW program in collaboration with Sonoma County Academic Foundation for Excellence in Medicine, 496 Santa Alicia Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928. (5) DVCOP; Santa Rosa Junior College CHW program in collaboration with Sonoma County Academic Foundation for Excellence in Medicine, Santa Rosa Junior College, 2009 High Rocks Dr, Calistoga, CA 94515. (6) Health Sciences, Community Health Worker, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. (7) Community Health Worker, DVCOP; Santa Rosa Junior College CHW program in collaboration with Sonoma County Academic Foundation for Excellence in Medicine, 8761 Merlot Way, Windsor, CA 95492. (8) SRJC Health Sciences Department, Community Health Worker Program, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, Sonoma County Academic Foundation for Excellence in Med, 343 E Thomson Ave., Apt #1, Sonoma, CA 95476.

The David Vanderryn Community Outreach Project (2010) Sonoma County, California, is an example of how funding for one CHW coordinator was effectively split between five CHW students, each with diverse language, ethnic and educational backgrounds; for 8 hours /week over one year. Volunteer hours arising out of the energy and devotion of the team far exceeded paid hours; each team member considering the learning and networking experience invaluable. Our primary objectives were to recruit referrals for the Santa Rosa Junior College CHW Home Visiting Program and promote the role of the CHW to health workforce policy makers, service providers, community leaders, philanthropists and potential CHW students. Supervision was by the SRJC CHW program director and a consulting physician from the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency program. Referrals were dramatically increased to underserved culturally diverse clients. Presentations were made to three new classes of family medicine doctors who are now aware of the role of the CHW. CHW outreach workers participated in seminars, forums, health fairs and health issue advocacy groups; increasing the awareness of the CHW's potential role in each; found agencies open to CHW interns and created bridges to potential permanent employment. DVCOP demonstrates that a team of CHWs, using core CHW skills, is an effective way to leverage funding and creative energy; while training and supporting potential CHW leaders who will continue to train supervise and advocate for CHWs as sustainable solutions to, increasing access to quality, cost effective health care for underserved and culturally diverse people.


Vision Y Compromiso 
9th Annual State wide Conference 
of California
 Promotores and Community Health Workers
December 2nd and 3rd
Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center

Vision Y Compromiso

 5th Annual Northern California and Bay Area conference

SaturdaySeptember 24thFrom 8:30 a.m.To 4:00 p.m

Contact: Chely Romero 

VYC Northern California Regional Director  (510) 427-2643 

 Chely_romero@sbcglobal.net

Quinta Conferencia anual 2011 para

Promotoras, Lideres y Trabajadores Comunitarios del Norte de California

 ¡Abogando por ti, tu familia y Comunidad!

Sábado 24 de Septiembre, 2011

de 8:30a.m. a 4:00p.m.

Berkeley CA

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Santa Rosa Junior College 
Spring Graduation 2011

Congratulations to all the CHW  that graduated this semester!

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The Press Democrat did a fun article on graduation with a fun photo gallery

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