For many years, Michigan Community Health Centers have been at the forefront of integrating medical, dental, behavioral care, and patient enabling services; including education, transportation, translation and connection to community support services. In recent years, Community Health Centers expansion and implementation of interdisciplinary team-based approaches has resulted in the addition of Community Health Workers (CHW) to care teams. MPCA is committed to supporting, assisting, and providing technical assistance to Health Centers as they explore and implement team-base models of care, and expand supportive services.
Key Community Health Worker Resources
- Access resources and tools at www.mpca.net/CHWToolkit
- Interact with members of the Community Health Worker Communication Network. Send your request to be added to the network to Brittani Barkley; email@example.com
- Stay up-to-date on Enabling Services events, training, resources, and latest news on the Enabling Services webpage.
- The first quarterly conference call/webinar was held on Thursday, October 20, 2016. The Introduction to the Community Health Worker Peer Network webinar highlighted the support and resources offered to members of the network, tools and templates, upcoming training opportunities and a live walk-through of the online CHW Toolkit.
- The second quarterly conference call/webinar was held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. The Community Health Worker Network: Depression and Anxiety webinar provided basic information on the topics while dispelling myths and stereotypes. The webinar also presented tools for Self Care supporting patients with depression ad anxiety.
Upcoming Community Health Worker Events
Annual CHW Networking Conference
Sponsored by Michigan Primary Care Association
Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino
6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Registration fee: $20.00
Webinar: What You Need to Know About the Trump Child Care Plan
Sponsored by Coalition on Human Needs
Thursday, February 15 at 2 pm-ET
Must register by Friday, February 10, 2017
Registration is free!
If you have any questions, please reach out to Nia Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second Annual Michigan LGBTQ Health Summit
Sponsored by Michigan Primary Care Association
Crown Plaza Lansing West
925 South Creyts Rd, Lansing,MI
Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid
Sponsored by Community Mental Health of Clinton, Eaton, & Ingham Counties
Upcoming training dates:
ADULT Mental Health First Aid
- Tuesday, May 23rd 2017
- Wednesday, July 26th 2017
YOUTH Mental Health First Aid
- Wednesday, March 22nd 2017
- Wednesday, September 27th 2017
2- Day Motivational Interviewing
Sponsored by Michigan Association of Community Mental Health
- April 20-21, 2017 located at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City
- June 29-30, 2017 ~ Detroit Metro Airport Marriott Romulus
Registration fee: $95
Contact Annette Pepper at email@example.com to register!
Michigan Community Health Worker Training Certificate
Check back for future classes!
Community Health Worker Definition
In 2006, the Community Health Worker Special Primary Interest Group (SPIG) of the American Public Heath Association (APHA), working with CHWs and their advocates from across the country, submitted a request for a CHW classification to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for inclusion in the Department of Labor 2010 Standard Occupation Classification revision. The CHW SPIG submitted the following CHW definition:
"Community Health Workers (CHWs) are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables CHWs 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. CHWs also build 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."
MPCA CHW Initiatives and Programs
- Linking Clinical Care with Community Supports (Linkages)
- Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) was awarded funds through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund for the Linking Clinical Care with Community Supports (Linkages) Project; to hire, train, and integrate Community Health Workers (CHWs) into primary care teams in 16 Health Centers throughout Michigan. This project directly supports patients by sharing information and resources for accessing food, housing, social services, and counseling. Linkages CHWs will also monitor patients' health and help increase accountability through individualized patient plans.
- MI Care Team (Health Homes)
- MPCA and MDHHS are pleased to announce the launch of the MI Care Team, also referred to as Health Homes, on July 1, 2016. Ten Michigan Federally Qualified Health Centers at 44 sites in 23 counties have committed to use an innovative model of care with access to never before available technology and data through Care Connect 360. The participating Health Centers are expected to serve a population of approximately 18,000. In partnership with the Medicaid Services Administration, MPCA is coordinating a comprehensive MI Care Team Learning Community that includes training, technical assistance and peer network supports.
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Project
- In March, 2015, Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) partnered with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cancer Society to incorporate a Community Health Worker (CHW) in eight Michigan Health Centers. The goal of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Project is to increase the number of cervical and breast cancer screenings in each Health Center site. Each Health Center site has unique geography and community demographics, which creates distinctive challenges when engaging patients into the project. These challenges make it imperative that the CHW identifies and utilizes community partners and resources.
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Project Infographic
2015 | PDF | Source: Michigan Primary Care Association
This infographic provides midpoint results on the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Project, a partnership between the Michigan Primary Care Association, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and the American Cancer Society.
How to reach us:
Julie Tatko, Director of Operations & Enabling Services
Lydia Starrs, Associate Director, Enabling Services
Brittani Barkley, Outreach Specialist