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 [email protected].

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