Community Health Workers

CHWs are frontline workers who help people and communities improve their health. CHWs have trusting relationships with and understanding of the communities they serve, often sharing language and life experiences. They assist people to improve their health while building communities capacity to be healthy.

Developing and deploying a CHW workforce can play a significant role in helping improving health overall by building healthy communities and improving chronic illness care through better integration of care and social supports.

HOPE Happens Newsletter April 7

In this edition of HOPE Happens we explore 'grit,' building healthier communities by learning from Community Health Workers (CHWs), and request your support for mapping Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resilience initiatives throughout Washington state.

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CHW Taskforce - August 28, 2015 meeting


We are happy to be providing support to the statewide Community Health Worker (CHW) Taskforce being convened by Secretary of Health, John Wiesman, and Health Care Authority director, Dorothy Teeter. 

Information from the first meeting on August 28th, 2015 can be found the Healthier Washington website here

Subsequent Taskforce and workgroup meetings will be held on:

  • Thursday, September 24 - Roles and Skills Workgroup meeting 
  • Thursday, October 22 - Full Task Force meeting at Heritage University
  • Thursday, November 12 - Training & Education and Finance Considerations Workgroup meetings
  • Friday, December 18 - Final Full Task Force meeting 


Community Health Workers at the 2015 Legislative Session

Great presentation to the House Health Care & Wellness committee from Kathy Burgoyne, Healthy Gen's Senior Director of Applied Research, and Community Health Worker, Ophelia Noble, from the amazing SW Healthy Living Collaborative. Bringing the heart and science of the amazing work Community Health Workers do everyday to our state's policymakers.

Healthy Behavior Change White Paper

When healthy choices are readily available, people do not always choose them. Given this challenge, how can we support people to change unhealthy habits? How do we help them make changes that would improve their health? How do we help them maintain those changes? This paper sheds light on these questions.

Connect To These Resources:

Healthy Behavior Change White Paper 2014.pdf
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