Spend Down Your 2014 Budget and Build CHW Skills

October is almost over–time to use up your budget before the end of the year before you lose it. An easy way to enrich your training program and build skills among your staff is to offer new courses from CHWTraining.org.

Courses for non-clinical health workers include:

•    Health Literacy: A Start
•    Introduction to the Newest Vital Sign
•    Navigating Health Insurance
•    Behavioral Healthcare
•    Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes
•    Facilitating Online Professional Development

View the full list of courses here: http://chwtraining.org/course

Register for a cohort of 10 by November 15 and receive 20% off.

Ebola Educational Materials for CHWs

If there’s one enormous lesson US-based health organizations can take from the Ebola crisis, it’s to be prepared. Yet in my experience working with health departments across the United States, this preparedness rarely trickles down to community health workers.

CHWs are, as One Million Community Health Workers says, “uniquely positioned to improve access to care, health-seeking behavior, and healthy behavior.” CHWs can play a critical role in educating communities in Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) awareness and protection and also contact tracing and surveillance.

If you haven’t yet begun training your CHWs in what to do with Ebola in your community, start now. Here are a few dependable resources you can begin with by circulating to your team:

Ebola: What Business Travellers Need To Know

Ebola: What Business Travellers Need To Know

Excellent introductory video from International SOS on risks and statistics about EVD. Aimed at business travelers, but helpful information for anyone wondering more about the disease.

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What Is Contact Tracing?

What Is Contact Tracing?

Helpful infographic from the CDC on what contact tracing is and how the process works. Especially useful for understanding how CHWs fit into the process.

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Standard Operating Procedures for Contact Tracing and Follow up during Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak

Standard Operating Procedures for Contact Tracing and Follow up during Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak

A succinct 11-page document that outlines the procedures for contact tracing and gives worksheets for keeping notes.

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Ebola Guides and Factsheets from CDC

Ebola Guides and Factsheets from CDC

A comprehensive website that contains constantly updated information on new guidelines and instructions on dealing with EVD, from signs and symptoms to treatment.

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Tell Your CHW Story at the Patient Navigator/Community Health Worker Conference

Our friends at the 6th Annual Patient Navigator/Community Health Worker Conference have announced the date for the upcoming event (May 7, 2015) and have released a call for submissions for breakout sessions. If you haven’t been to this conference, you should consider going. CHWs and navigators from all around the country come, and it’s quickly emerging as the preeminent event in the field.

Telling Our Stories: The 6th Annual Patient Navigator/Community Health Worker Conference

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Four Points Sheraton Norwood

1125 Boston-Providence Highway (Route 1), Norwood, MA

Registration will open in early spring.

In the last few years, we have watched community health workers and patient navigators become a vital part of today’s healthcare system. In this sixth annual conference, we will take time to hear stories from this vibrant workforce. Stories of advocacy, connection and education. Stories that link patients to the healthcare system in a positive way. Stories of perseverance and hope. Come join us this May in Norwood, Massachusetts for this exciting conference designed by and for navigators and community health workers.

The Women’s Health Network, a program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, provides funding for this conference. Dr. Shreya Kangovi, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School Of Medicine, and the Executive Director of the Penn Center for Community Health Workers will be our keynote speaker. Dr. Kangovi draws her inspiration for beginning the IMPaCT model from growing up in India where she observed lay people going to homes to help underprivileged communities with health care issues. Dr. Kangovi realized the same approach could be applied in underserved communities in the United States.

The conference offers interactive, skills-based learning in a variety of topics through breakout sessions, networking, resources, and poster sessions. So come join us on May 7 to learn, grow, and share your story about patient navigation and community health workers. This conference invitation is extended to patient navigators, community health workers, supervisors and those involved in developing patient navigator programs throughout Massachusetts and other parts of the country.

Call for Presenters

Are you interested in being a presenter at this year’s conference? We are now accepting proposals for breakout sessions. To learn more, read about the program and submission information. Particular attention will be paid to submissions in the following fields: health disparities, insurance, changing outcomes, refugee health, maternal and child health, integration of community health workers and patient navigators into health care teams, working across generations, death and dying and ethical dilemmas. We are particularly interested in presentations that include real world stories and examples. Conference planners will evaluate proposals based on overall quality, relevance to the field, well-defined focus within the program track structure, diversity of program content, practical applications of material, timeliness of the topic and speaker qualifications.

Submission forms are due by Friday, December 5, 2014. We look forward to hearing your idea! For assistance with this process, or if you have any questions, contact Rachel Hammerman at rhammerman@reginavilla.com.

For more information about the conference (or to sign up for the mailing list), please visit the Patient Navigator conference website.

Free On-Demand Webinar: Introduction to E-Learning for AHECs

Length: 60 minutes

Everyone talks about online learning, but what does it really mean? We’ll cut through the jargon to explain the basics of health-based e-learning, and discuss why offering online courses can help you boost your enrollment numbers. We’ll identify the elements you’ll need to structure your online training program.

Watch this on-demand webinar to learn how to get the whole team on board, what the technology requirements are, and why your learners are probably asking for online module delivery. You’ll walk away with knowledge about online training that will help energize your organization and help you increase participation in your program.

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