4295.0 CHW Certification and Credentaling: What Have We Learned and How Will We Proceed?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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.
Session Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: 1. Describe at least 2 purposes of credentialing community health workers. 2. Identify current legislation pertaining to credentialing, certification, and/or training of community health workers in 3 states.

Community Health Worker Credentialing: Selected States' Perspectives on Successful Practices
Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox, LSWA, Gail Hirsch, MEd, Joanne L. Calista, MS, LICSW, Anne Willaert, MS, BS, Sergio Matos, BS, CHW, Christina Carrillo, MS, Beverly MacCarty, M.A., Julie Ann St. John, MA, MPH, CHWI and Melissa A. Gutierrez, MS

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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)