4204.0 CHW Certification and Credentialing: States Perspectives' on Successful Practices and Lessons Learned

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
This roundtable session will highlight key aspects of CHW credentialing 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. 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. Presenters (including CHWs, administrative staff, public health professionals) will briefly describe their programsí: 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 their process/program; 7) lessons learned and CHW credentialing best practices; and 8) future plans.
Session 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.

Table 1
Community health worker/promotora certification in Texas
Julie Ann St. John, MA, MPH, CHWI, Beverly MacCarty, M.A., Anna Garcia and Beatrice Smith
Table 2
Community Health Workers to Health Policy Advocates: Engaging CHWs in the policy development process
Johnny Tyler, AAS, BA, MDiv, CEA, Janna Stansell, MPH, Melissa A. Gutierrez, MS, Jose O. Arrom, MA, Melanie Garrett, SSA and Michael Dobias, BA
Table 3
Community Health Worker Credentialing: Massachusetts Perspective on Successful Practices & Lessons Learned
Gail Hirsch, MEd, Lisa Renee Holderby, LSWA and Joanne L. Calista, MS, LICSW

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Community Health Workers
Endorsed by: Health Administration, Caucus on Public Health and the Faith Community

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)