Community Health Worker Advisory Group
Beginning with SHIP pre-implementation in February 2015, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) convened a series of meetings to engage stakeholders in the development and implementation of a Community Health Worker (CHW) program to meet the needs of SHIP. The SHIP proposes to develop and implement CHW programs in rural and underserved communities as part of the “virtual” patient-centered medical home (PCMH). CHWs will be part of the primary care team and improve access to healthcare services in Idaho. The series of stakeholder meetings included the adoption of a CHW definition, identifying current CHW programs, seeking perspective and input from CHWs, and developing training recommendations for Idaho.
Key Decisions to Date:
1. The CHW stakeholder workgroup adopted the following CHW definition created by the American Public Health Association:
“A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.”
2. The CHW training subcommittee created a set of training recommendations
that was presented and approved by the Idaho Healthcare Coalition (IHC) in November 2015. Summary recommendations include the following:
• Idaho should adopt and adapt the State of Massachusetts’ curriculum
• Core training should be delivered in person, whenever possible
• CHW course electives could be provided online
For additional information about the SHIP CHW initiative, please email the Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in the CHW training?
The next Community Health Worker training will be held Fall 2018 through Idaho State University. This training will be live-online for 13 weeks. Students who successfully complete this training will receive a certificate of completion. Continuing education credits are also available for a small additional cost. Academic credit is not available to college or University students. More information will be provided soon.
1.To learn more about upcoming CHW trainings, please contact Madeline Russell at Madeline.Russell@dhw.idaho.gov
2.To learn more about CHW training, please visit the Idaho State University CHW training page https://www.isu.edu/idiem/community-health-worker/.
3. For CHW course information, additional details, and contact information visit https://cetrain.isu.edu/enrollment/course/community-health-worker/.
4. Students must apply and receive a registration code from IDHW to participate in the CHW course at no cost. Please visit the SHIP CHW website for the participation application.
5. After receiving email with registration instructions and a registration code from IDHW, register for the course at ISU https://cetrain.isu.edu/enrollment/course/community-health-worker/.
6. For CHW blog posts, please visit the SHIP blog at http://idahohealthcaretransformation.org/blog/