Wisconsin Community Health Worker (CHW) Network 

About the Network 

The Wisconsin Community Health Worker Network (WI CHW Network) is a collaboration among Great Rivers HUB, UniteWI, Milwaukee AHEC, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Chronic Disease Prevention Program, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, in addition to agencies that have historically been involved with the CHW movement in Wisconsin. This partnership strives to support the growth of a statewide network, sustainability, and workforce development for all CHWs in Wisconsin. The network is guided by health equity and centering voices principles that encourage and support CHW leadership at the core. The goals of the network are to strengthen relationships between CHWs and the Wisconsin Public Health workforce, increase community-clinical linkages among CHWs, community-based organizations, and our health systems as well as support the sustainability of the workforce as it relates to reimbursement, certification, and training. 

Mission and Vision

Vision: The vision of the Wisconsin CHW Network is to strenghten the workforce and lift up the voices of the Community Health Workers in Wisconsin to support equitable health and social outcomes for all communities.

Mission: The mission of the Wisconsin CHW Network is to create a space for Community Health Workers by Community Health Workers to support the workforce through advocacy, education, workforce development and sustainability.

Statewide CHW Employer Map

This is a map of employers and CHWs organizations in the state. Keep in mind the title 'community health worker' is an umbrella term for other titles like promotor(a) de salud, community health representative, doula, outreach specialist, peer specialist, etc. Please send an email to admin@wichwnetwork.org if you want us to include your organization in this map. Last updated 7/7/20.

Meet the Executive Team!


Maria Barker is the Director of Latinx Programs and Initiatives for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc. (PPWI). A bilingual (Spanish/English) certified sexuality educator of Mexican origin. Maria is keenly aware of the need to provide education to the underserved in the community -90 % of Maria’s programs are facilitated in Spanish to meet the needs of the communities she serves throughout Wisconsin. She is well recognized for training and using lay community workers known as “Promotores de Salud” to reach the Latino community. Maria is a graduate of the Latino Nonprofit Leadership Program through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Cardinal Stritch University.  She is a certified Sexuality Educator by Planned Parenthood of Western Washington and Centralia College.


Founder and Executive Director of UniteMKE/UniteWI, Bria has made a lifelong commitment to serving her community and state, working with a tireless passion for social justice. Her degree in human services from Springfield College laid a foundation for her service to people struggling with substance abuse, mental health, dysfunctional families and criminogenic behaviors. She has worked for a variety of organizations including Career Youth Development founded by civil rights activists, Claretta “Mother Freedom” Simpson and Jeanetta Robinson, Milwaukee Public Schools, state elected officials, faith based organizations and social service organizations to develop and implement programs to address the social determinants of health that impact Milwaukee and WI. Her dedication to giving back to her community has been demonstrated by fostering teen moms and working as a substance abuse/mental health counselor and youth worker. Bria's experience includes community organizing, non-profit strategic development/planning, youth program development, campaign management, governmental relations, marketing and business development. She is a graduate of Milwaukee Spectrum High School of MPS and attended Rust College in Holly Springs. She chairs the Health and Mental Health Committee of African American Ladies Empowering Growth and Opportunity (A-LEGO), a founding board member JCPAA Performing Arts, a youth serving cultural center, a member of the City of Milwaukee Board of Health and Advisory member to Governor’s Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council. 


Azure’De Williams joined the Milwaukee Area Health Education Center in 2017.  In her role as the Executive Director, she has the responsibility for recruiting and mobilizing a diverse pipeline of healthcare professionals; identifying, cultivating and securing prospective sponsors and strategic alliances; partnering with advocacy groups to increase engagement within local health care clinics and systems; serve as liaison to governmental agencies focused on diversity and health disparities and managing the execution of MAHEC training programs. Mrs. Williams received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science & Law and a Criminal Justice Certificate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Azure’De has more than 25 years of experience working in the non-profit sector identifying two areas she felt most impacted quality of life - Health and Education.  She uses her skills in program development, civic engagement and program evaluation to support efforts in addressing health disparities and achievement gaps.  Under her leadership at the American Heart Association, she received several awards including the Cass Wheeler Integration Team Award for her leadership new initiatives and improve hospital care and outcomes for minority and underserved populations. Mrs. Williams is an accomplished executive director with strategic planning, qualitative & quantitative research, and creative development skills providing innovative and forward-thinking programming and leadership in team environments.  She is most known for her ability to build exceptional staff, Azure’De energetically translates mission and goals into operating plans with clear benchmarks and annual objectives. Her strategy of targeted personal and professional interest in articulating issues of health and public education as they relate to the development of initiatives that positively impact poor and disadvantaged populations has proven successful. Last but not least, Azure'De Williams is ardent about Community Service while allocating time to be an active member of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.  She has three children - ages 13, 11 and 7 who are often seen accompanying her on volunteer-related and community service projects.  In her spare time, Azure’De enjoys filling up the pages of her passport.


Lakeeta Watts currently serves as UniteMKE’ s Community Health Worker Network Coordinator. She Co-Chair’s the CHW section of WPHA and the Wisconsin Community Health Worker(CHW), The Wisconsin Ambassador of the National Association of Community Health Workers and a member of the Children’s Coalition of Mental health of Mental Health of America’s. Her role focuses on providing care coordination services to clients with chronic health conditions, coordinating continuing education, trainings and self-care activities for CHWs and partnering organizations. Lakeeta is also a Community Research Associate (CRA) to support the Community-Academic Aging Research Network(CAARN) which contributes to the expansion of the CAARN’s outreach into communities of color to improve health outcomes. Lakeeta has been trained to bridge cultural and linguistic barriers, expand access to coverage and care, and improve health outcomes. She has an Associate’s degree in Applied Science from Milwaukee Area Technical College, with her Field of Study in Human Services. Lakeeta is also a Doula.


Pictures and bios coming soon..
  • Mayhoua Moua, Executive Director, Milwaukee Director, Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health

  • Harvey Padek Project Specialist, Milwaukee AHEC 


Meet the Advisory Board Team!


Lindsey Purl is the Director of Great Rivers HUB, an initiative of Great Rivers United Way in La Crosse. She has been the Director since the Great Rivers HUB launched in August of 2017.  She has a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and has worked in social service non-profits prior to this role caring for at-risk individuals including youth and pregnant women in recovery prior to this role.



Abby Waters is the Operations Manager for Great Rivers HUB. Abby received her Bachelor of Public Health and Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse and continued on to receive her Master of Public Health from Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri. She was happy to accept the position at Great Rivers United Way and move back to the La Crosse area where she enjoys running the Hixson Forest Trails and going out for ice cream at The Pearl. Abby’s strong passion for working with families and advocating for healthy minds, bodies, and spirits for people of all socioeconomic status has made her the professional she is today.


Morgan Krhin received her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Behavior Health Promotion from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid College of Public Health and her Bachelor's degree in Spanish with a concentration in Biology from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her professional and research interests include increasing access to health care resources among  under-resourced communities, Community Health Worker workforce development, and addressing environmental and occupational health injustices. Prior to graduate school, Morgan worked as a Mobile Clinic Outreach Coordinator for Family Health La Clinica in Wautoma, Wisconsin where she worked collaboratively to provide free health services to migrant workers across the state of Wisconsin. Additionally, Morgan participated in a longitudinal research project at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina assessing the impact of Organophosphate pesticide exposure on cognitive development among Latino migrant farmworkers. Post completing her MPH, Morgan was a Fellow through the University of Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship Program from 2017-2019 where she worked with the Milwaukee Health Department to address Sexually Transmitted Infections among young adults and with Community Health Worker organizations across Wisconsin. Morgan currently works for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services within the Chronic Disease Prevention Program as the Community Health Worker Coordinator. She is passionate about strengthening community capacity and increasing health care accessibility and care-coordination through community and statewide initiatives.

WI CHW Network Values  

    • CHWs are part of all leadership levels within the network including executive committee and action committees 
    •  Support CHW regional leadership
    •  Support the professional development and growth of CHWs
    •  Support the collaboration between CHWs, stakeholders and allies 
    •  Builds and support turning knowledge into action that result in equitable social change for communities in Wisconsin
    •  Provides equitable access to information in various languages 
    •  Follow up with CHWs and be transparent with the information the network collects (ex: community conversations, surveys, etc)
    •  Create a safe space and equality for all 


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