Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County

Professional Development

Professional Development

                              We meet regularly on the Fourth Friday of the month

 May 25, 2012  
5:30pm - 7:30pm
1300 N Dutton, Santa Rosa
Contact: Stephanine Merrida-Grant  (707) 326-7554

We would love to see you there! 
Meet Other Community Health Workers, Promotoras and Outreach workers and help us build a CHW Community 

CHWISC Next Steps Business Meetings 
Discussion Forum for Organizational Development 
Second Wednesday of the month 
June 13, 2012
12:00 noon - 1:00pm 
 Rotunda Conference Room
3313 Chanate Road
Santa Rosa, California 95404
Contact: Carol West  481-7965

CHWISC Wisdom Circles 
What is a wisdom circle for?

Wisdom Circle Format

Reaching out

Listening Circles


6th Wisdom Circle October 2011 (NAMI) support to Carol, Cynthia and Janet as they prepare to present a paper on the growing Sonoma County CHW Community to the American Public Health Association Conference in Washington on November 2nd in Washington DC( Estimated 12000 deligates!) Formation of the CHWISC Board 

CHWISC Fifth Wisdom circle September 2011 Friday Evening 5:00pm-6:30pm (NAMI) Support to CHW presenters Imelda Vera and Cynthia Morfinwho will host a workshop with Virginia Schiff on the role of the CHW in raising healthy children at the  Latino Health Forum October 13 2011

No Circle in August due to Summer Vacation Schedules

CHWISC Fourth Wisdom circle July 2011 (NCCWB) Northern California Center for  Wellbeing;
 Presenter Virginia Schiff  Services provided including Training for Promotores  July 20th, 2001; Wednesday MORNING; 10:00am - 11:30am  365 Tesconi Circle # B  Santa Rosa  (707) 575-6043

CHWISC Third Wisdom circle:  June 2011Tuesday evening- Guest Maria Lemus Executive Director of Vision y Compromiso Promotores and Community Health Worker Network (NAMI)  

CHWISC Second Wisdom Circle Friday Evening 5:00pm-6:30pm May 2011- Off to a good start (NAMI)

CHWISC First  Wisdom Circle:  Friday Evening April 2011 - Charter Circle (NAMI 1300 N Dutton Ave, SR)


Links to above resources provided by

Community Health Workers Initiative of Sonoma County Organization

"A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve 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. A CHW also 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." ( APHA Definition)

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