275066 Community Health Worker Credentialing: Minnesota's Perspective on Successful Practices & Lessons Learned

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Anne Willaert, MS, BS , South Central College, North Mankato, MN
This roundtable session will highlight key aspects of CHW credentialing and training in Minnesota. The purpose of credentialing (certification is a type of credentialing) and training is to provide leadership for the enhancement, development and implementation of statewide training and certification standards and administrative rules as pertaining to CHWs. We will briefly describe Minnesota's program: 1) purpose and goals; 2) brief history of credentialing, and training programs; 3) discussion of the credentialing environment; 4) discussion of current legislation as pertaining to the credentialing, certification, and training; 5) issues related to CHW credentialing and training; 6) special highlights of our process/program; 7) lessons learned and CHW credentialing best practices; and 8) future plans.

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

Learning Objectives:
Describe 2 purposes of credentialing community health workers in Minnesota. Identify current legislation pertaining to credentialing, certification, and/or training of community health workers in Minnesota.

Keywords: Certification, Community Health Promoters

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I was the program coordinator for the state certification and credentaling program in Minnesota. I assisted in developing the legislation that was passed, gathering stakeholders to develop the program, and assisted with the curriculum development of the program.
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.