On Friday June 28, 2019, community health workers (CHWs) and CHW allies from across the state gathered at Ala Moana Hotel for the second CHW conference – Pūpūkahi I Holomua: For and About Community Health Workers. The morning started off with a captivating welcome from Lieutenant Governor, Josh Green. He spoke about the importance of CHWs work in our communities as they reach those who are most vulnerable. With over 160 people in attendance, a 33 percent increase from the 2017 conference, the day continued on with breakout sessions covering topics such as Community Resources to Help My Clients, A Day in the Life of a CHW, Policy and Advocacy, and Health Coaching in Action.
With the help of renowned facilitator Dave Nakashima, the CHWs and allies had the opportunity to network and continue the dialogue which began years ago around the formation of a statewide association for CHWs, where currently none exists. There were rich discussions around the concept and it was understood that the process would take time and continued collaboration from all parties involved in order to see it to fruition. The CHWs have continued to meet since the conference via once-a-month CHW-only Zoom calls. There is great momentum and desire to move forward in the hopes of formally unifying the CHWs.
On behalf of the conference planning team, we want to extend another big mahalo to the conference sponsors for their continued support – Hawai‘i State Department of Health, HMSA, Community First, Papa Ola Lōkahi, Navvis, and the Hawai‘i State Rural Health Association.
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