Community Health Worker Advisory Group
Beginning with the 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 the SHIP. The SHIP set out to develop and implement CHW programs in rural and underserved communities as part of the “virtual” patient-centered medical home (vPCMH). CHWs are a 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
which was presented and approved by the Idaho Healthcare Coalition (IHC) in November 2015. The summary of 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 SHIP grant ended on January 31, 2019, and with it, sponsorship of CHW trainings ended too. The final SHIP-sponsored training, concluded in December, 2018.
Due to high demand, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW), in collaboration with Idaho State University (ISU), is in the process of exploring opportunities for continuing CHW trainings to continue to improve access to healthcare services throughout the state. To learn about future trainings:
Visit the Idaho State University CHW training page: https://www.isu.edu/idiem/community-health-worker/
For more information, please email the Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care at email@example.com
For CHW blog posts, please visit the Office of Healthcare Policy Initiatives (OHPI) blog at http://idahohealthcaretransformation.org/blog/
CHW Roundtable Discussion
The purpose of the recording below was to capture lived experiences of Community Health Workers, as moderated by Dawn Juker, part of the SHIP State-level Evaluation Team.
Special THANK YOU to our panelists!
Rebeca Arteaga, Health Services Manager at Community Council of Idaho in Burley, Idaho
Jonathon Farrell, Community Health Coordinator at Genesis Community Health in Garden City, Idaho
Leah Kaschmitter, Community Health Worker at St. Mary's Hospital in Clearwater, Idaho
Luis Lagos, Community Outreach Program Manager at Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in southwest Idaho
Emily Straubhar, Community Health Worker at St. Alphonsus Health Alliance in southwest Idaho
2018 Idaho CHW Learning Collaborative
Breakout Session Recordings
Addressing Social Determinants Though Care Coordination - Presenter: Elizabeth Barber, St. Alphonsus Health Alliance
Diabetes Management Education - Presenter: Laura Hollingshead, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics
Medication Adherence - Presenter: Linda Mikitish, St. Luke's Health System
Motivational Interviewing - Presenter: Jayne Josephsen, Boise State University
Oral Health Education - Presenter: Samantha Kenney, Delta Dental of Idaho
Pain Management and Opioid Addiction and Treatment - Presenter: Dr. Kathy Eroschenko, ISU, College of Pharmacy
Provider/CHW Relationship - Presenters: Todd Roseborough, St. Luke's Health System, & Michelle Dix, Oregon Health Authority