Creating a state certification program for community health workers
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Explain a rationale for state certification of CHWs based on the needs of the workforce, payers, and providers. Describe the composition and statutory mandate for the Massachusetts Board of Certification for Community Health Workers. Explain the process used in Massachusetts to engage CHWs directly in the development of regulations for certification. Compare and contrast the Massachusetts description of core CHW competencies with relevant national descriptions.
Keyword(s): Community Health Promoters, Health Care Reform
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as chair of the Massachusetts Board of Certification of Community Health Workers and lead policy development for CHW affairs in the commissioner's office of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. I co-authored and helped lead advocacy for legislation for CHW workforce development in Massachusetts and have consulted to the Mass. Association for Community Health Workers. I also led the state's CHW Advisory Council and co-authored an AJPH article describing this work.
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.