From our NNPHI “Refrigerator Door Collage” series:
Community Health Workers are oftentimes regarded as the vanguard of health on the local level. Creating and fostering personal relationships allows these workers to make meaningful, targeted differences in their communities. Michael E. Rhein, President and CEO of Institute for Public Health Innovation and Dawn Heffernan RN, MS, CDE, the Director of the Western MA Public Health Training Center discussed leadership, business, and training opportunities for CHWs in this presentation from last year’s NNPHI Annual Conference.
The presentation promoted CHWs as a crucial element of on-the-ground health promotion. With many benefits including cost efficacy, community engagement and mobilization, coordination, and support, it’s not hard to argue that CHWs need a more robust and supportive infrastructure to push forward their crucial work.