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Hawai‘i Community Health Worker Association Spring Updates

Hawai‘i Community Health Worker Association Leadership Council:

The forward momentum continues as Community Health Workers (CHWs) nominations flew in to develop the Hawai‘i Community Health Worker Association (HICHW) leadership council! As of February 2022, the following CHWs have elected to sit on the association’s leadership council:

Each council member provides their unique experience to further the association’s efforts to empower CHWs throughout the state of Hawai‘i. They gather monthly to identify tools of support, education, and collaboration that are needed to assist fellow CHWs to malama their communities. Join us in congratulating our leadership council! 

 

Leadership and Legislation: 

One of the many efforts the HICHW leadership council members have been advocating for is the efforts of SB2882 SD2 – relating to CHWs. With assistance from the HICHW Advocacy and Policy Committee, the HICHW leadership council was able to include a voice for the CHWs through testimony submission. Be sure to stay up-to-date on such bills affecting the work of CHW by signing up for hearing notifications and joining in on the Senator Dru Kanuha’s regular monthly meetings. Please email rosilyn@hiphi.org if you would like to receive a calendar invite to these monthly meetings. 

 

COMING SOON – 2022 Community Health Worker Conference: 

Are you ready for this year’s CHW conference? The 2022 CHW Conference Planning Committee is hard at work developing the conference agenda and activities for all CHWs throughout the state to enjoy. Currently, the conference will be held in person on O‘ahu on Friday, July 8, 2022. Exact location, time, and registration are still under development! Be sure to stay connected by becoming a member; receive email updates on upcoming trainings, conferences, latest resources and more!  If you are excited about this year’s conference and would need a scholarship to attend, please email rosilyn@hiphi.org to be added to the list! 

 

Professional Development: 

Let’s continue to build upon our trusted CHWs! Through generous funding from the Hawai‘i Department of Health, a series of additional trainings will be available.. This opportunity allows CHWs to learn and apply new knowledge and skills that can assist their roles in building healthier communities. To learn more about what types of training are ahead or to vote on training you wish to see, complete the Desired Trainings form. 

To learn more about HICHW, sign up for a committee, or become a member; visit hichw.org

 

Welcome NEW Statewide Community Health Worker Liaison: 

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In addition to assisting the HICHW in continuing their efforts to build capacity within the CHW profession, Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) also welcomes on board the new Statewide Program Manager: CHW Liaison, Rosilyn (Rosi) Handy. Rosi has a profound passion for public health and brings to the team great knowledge of Community Health Workers and expertise in working with vulnerable populations. She is excited to utilize her skillset to further support the growth of CHWs throughout the state. 

To stay connected with current CHW efforts or to learn more about how you can support fellow CHWs, please contact Rosi at rosilyn@hiphi.org or (808) 591-6508 ext. 11.

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