CHW Leadership

Committees

The CHW Network committees serve as the vehicle to advance the sustainability of the CHW workforce. The committees below have been chosen by CHWs in Wisconsin as priorities to focus the work and ownership of the network by and for CHWs. These committees are open to all, whether you are interested in getting involved as a member, a leadership position, or just want to learn more and connect with CHWs around the state. 


Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee does a number of things to ensure the sustainability of the CHW workforce, such as:
  1. Creating a media (earned and unearned) campaign; utilizing tools and strategies to build awareness and support, including TV, radio, communication plans, galvanizing and other activities

  2. Fostering an appreciation for the role CHWs play in increasing access to health care coverage, community support resources, improving the quality and cost effectiveness of care and social support, enhancing health outcomes and increasing the diversity of the clinical and community health workforce.

  3. Creating consistent use of titles and CHW language and educating the broader community.

Community Clinical Linkages Committee

The Community Clinical Linkages Committee has ushered the sustainability of the CHW workforce in many ways such as:
  1. Identifying models of workforce development and job creation that involves integrating CHW’s into a variety of settings, clinical and social, as part of the care-based team

  2.  Providing education and guidance for CHW’s employment sites (both healthcare institutions and community-based organizations) by sharing integration models, as well as offering CHW Supervisor training and support. 

  3. Coordinating career path development-multi sector group, providing CHW Mentoring, educating community-supervisors/clinical leadership and internal policy practices and accountability

Research and Evaluation Committee


The Research and Evaluation Committee is the backbone to collaboration in order to sustain the CHW workforce. They have achieved this in a number of ways which include: 
  1. Collaborating with local, regional and nationwide partners to establish rigorous research and evaluation protocols to capture the level of impact and outcomes of the CHW work in both clinical and community settings. In addition to this, the collaboration also assists in researching CHWs in addressing health disparities, cost effectiveness, characteristics of training, and enhancing health equity.
CHW Legislation and Sustainable Financing Committee

The CHW Legislation and Sustainable Financing Committee serves through various means such as:

1. Exploring legislation that broadens, facilitates, and supports payment of CHW services (local, national and credentialing)

2. Exploring models of payment for service (e.i. community benefits)

3. Building a local (Wisconsin) report summary to summarize the findings and assist CHW's with those results.

Conference Planning Committee

The Conference Planning Committee focuses on the importance of the CHW conference by:
  1. Supporting the planning of the annual CHW conference and/or summit and engaging stakeholders, partners and fostering statewide collaboration.
  2. Researching and applying for conference funding to engage these connections to the fullest.

CHW Curriculum and Training Committee

The CHW Curriculum and Training Committee sustains the CHW workforce in many ways, such as:

1. Identifying a competency-based curriculum model that includes assessment, training, and evaluation

2. Providing peer learning and a resource sharing space for CHWs to connect 

3. Advancing professional development (e.g. continuing education, personal growth, scholarship opportunities to support CHW training and leadership development). 

4. Considering credentialing options that make CHW services eligible for reimbursement. 

5. Providing opportunities for training across the state as well as maintaining a clearing house of CHW training.

6. Creating specialized training opportunities for CHWs, such as leadership development, continuing education (CEU's based) and internships

Co-chair application

Are you a CHW interested in serving in a leadership role as a committee co-chair? We have 1 opening in the Community Clinical Connections and 1 opening in the Curriculum and Training Committee. This is a great opportunity to further your leadership skills and become involved in efforts to support the sustainability of CHWs in Wisconsin.

Email us if you have any questions at wichwnetwork@gmail.com 

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