274867 Community Health Worker Credentialing: Selected States' Perspectives on Successful Practices

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox, LSWA , Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers, Worcester, MA
Gail Hirsch, MEd , Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA
Joanne L. Calista, MS, LICSW , Executive Director, Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center, Inc. (CM AHEC), Worcester, MA
Anne Willaert, MS, BS , South Central College, North Mankato, MN
Sergio Matos, BS, CHW , Community Health Worker Network of NYC, New York City, NY
Christina Carrillo, MS , Office of Health Promotion/Community Health Improvement, Public Health Division, New Mexico Department of Public Health, Santa Fe, NM
Beverly MacCarty, M.A. , Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program, Office of Title V and Family Health, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, TX
Julie Ann St. John, MA, MPH, CHWI , Center for Community Health Development, School of Rural Public Health, TAMHSC, San Benito, TX
Melissa A. Gutierrez, MS , Sinai Urban Health Institute, Sinai Health System, Chicago, IL
Utilizing a town-hall format, this scientific oral session will continue discussions begun during the Round Table session and build on key similarities and differences of CHW credentialing, certification, and training from states that have been actively involved in this arena: California, CHRs/Indian Health Service, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas. Presenters will include staff involved in their state's credentialing, certification, and training as well as CHWs from those states to share their perspectives and experiences. Two main themes the session will address include: 1) the role of credentialing in efforts to support the CHW workforce—particularly from the view of CHWs; and 2) the involvement of additional partners and collaborators in credentialing, certification, and training. The moderator will facilitate open dialogue during this town-hall forum, including a brief discussion of issues with each state, and questions submitted during the round table and from the floor.

Learning Areas:
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: 1. Describe the role of credentialing in efforts to support the CHW workforce. 2. Identify partner and collaborative credentialing efforts of CHW supporters in California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas. 3. Differentiate credentialing, certification, and training programs in California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas.

Keywords: Certification, Certificate Program

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of the Office of Community Health Workers in Massachusetts, overseeing efforts on CHW training and credentialing.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.