Online Program

Organizing a chw training program: Lessons from Massachusetts health reform

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Gail Hirsch, MEd, Division of Prevention & Wellness, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA
In 2006, then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed Massachusetts' comprehensive health reform designed to provide near-universal health insurance coverage for state residents. Building on a long history of health reform efforts, the state embarked on an ambitious plan to promote shared individual, employer, and government responsibility. This presentation will summarize the several ways in which Massachusetts CHWs played a key role in the successful implementation of the law, and also discuss how health reform created important opportunities for policy initiatives to advance the workforce through training, certification and integration into emerging models of care. This session will illustrate how the state public health department collaborated with the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers to respond to policy opportunities presented by the multiple phases of Massachusetts health reform to advance the CHW workforce and its unique contribution to increasing access, strengthening prevention, improving health and reducing health disparities.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe lessons learned on organizing a CHW program after the state passed its health insurance mandate in 2006.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Run the CHW program in MA
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.