Community Health Workers

Tools & Resources

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trusted members of their community who empower their peers through education and connections to health and social resources. CHWs in Region V have specific challenges and support needs compared to other public health and clinical workers. This growing toolkit of resources can provide training, community, and support to these incredibly important public health workers.

Take a look below, and be sure to connect with us on social media!

RVPHTC Trainings

We are dedicated to providing training in a variety of modalities to fit the needs of CHWs in our region. Check out the offerings below and know we will be continually adding to this section as new trainings launch.

Podcast, Part 1 - Role of CHWs in Public Health & Community Engagement
Podcast, Part 2 - Historical Impact & Future Directions
Podcast, Part 3 - Resilience Strategies for Community Health Workers

Guest: Porsche Fischer, MA, MS, Education & Registry Manager, Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance

Listen: Resilience Strategies for Community Health Workers

View the transcript for this episode.

CE will be available for CHWs only, via MiCHWA.

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CHWs: Trusted Communicators in Public Health (On Demand-CE)

Course LogoCommunity Health Workers (CHWs) are trusted communicators who effectively disseminate health information within their communities. In this panel-based recorded webinar, participants will learn about the role of CHWs, how they strategically serve their communities, and ways in which CHWs can be incorporated into public health practice. Panelists consist of experienced CHWs who will share their perspectives and experiences in the field.

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Additional Resources

The items below are both about CHWs and for CHWs. Check them out and reach out to us at rvphtc@umich.edu if there are other resources we could share!

Utilizing Community Health Workers in Unique and Non-Traditional Settings (On Demand-No CE)

This recorded webinar from June 2, 2022 focused on efforts for CHWs and by CHWs in Region 5. Representatives from various organizations will describe the training of CHWs and how their usage has enhanced services provided. It was organized by the Region 5 Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Presenters:

  • Dany Zemmel – Region V Public Health Training Center
  • Maria Barker – Planned Parenthood of WI, Inc.
  • Barbara Locke and LaShawn Reece – Community Health Awareness Group (CHAG) Detroit

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Download the speaker bios and slides from the presentation.

COVID-19 Vaccination Tip Sheet for CHWs

This tip sheet from Health Outreach Partners outlines best practices of COVID-19 vaccination outreach for CHWs and clinicians. Best practices include: talking about vaccination and encouraging uptake, dispelling misinformation and addressing vaccine hesitancy, and focusing on community-centered outreach approaches. Nationwide, CHWs and clinicians are making a difference in their communities’ ongoing COVID-19 response. This tip sheet is meant to support those efforts as we continue to respond to the changing environment of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am a CHW” Campaign

Rural Community Health Worker Network (RCHWN)

The RCHWN has launched a campaign dedicated to recognizing Community Health Workers and the valuable contributions they make in their communities. With a downloadable toolkit and editable templates, you can easily join the campaign on social media to share your CHW story. Take a look and join the conversation today!

Region V Map

Regional Community Health Worker Associations

There are CHW organizations in every state of our region which provide curriculum, support, and opportunities to CHWs. Use these links to locate and contact associations who can further support you.

Greater Cleveland Community Health Workers Association (GCCHWA)
Illinois CHW Association
Indiana CHW Association
Michigan CHW Alliance
Minnesota CHW Alliance
WIN Network Detroit
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National Community Health Worker Associations

Listed here are a variety of national CHW organizations which commonly serve groups with specific needs. There are resources for members, partners, and individual CHWs across the country.

CHW Core Consensus Project
MHP Salud
National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW)
Rural Community Health Worker Network (RCHWN)
Women‑Inspired Neighborhood Network (WIN Network)