This presentation will begin by an introduction of Community Health Workers (CHWs), the National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW), and an introduction to the National CHW Leadership and Capacity Project. Hear about how NACHW engaged CHW leaders across the country to develop a comprehensive survey about CHW professional Identity, policy leadership, and organizational capacity. A CHW leader in the development of the project will walk the audience through the strategy and implementation of this national survey. The, presentation will conclude will a sneak peak of the results of the survey overarching themes and the plan for results dissemination.
Mikayla Trujillo, CPSW/CCHW has strong roots in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mikayla is a Peer with lived experience around overcoming adversity including mental health, substance use, and incarceration that ultimately lead to her becoming a CCHW in her community and the Capacity Building Coordinator at NACHW. Mikayla’s passion began as she re-entered her own community and tirelessly assisted those affected by mental health, precariously housed individuals, system impacted youth, and employment seeking returning citizens in achieving their personal goals, located at a small Non-Profit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which she keeps close to her heart and visits regularly. She continued her success at the University of New Mexico under a Prison Hepatitis C elimination program as a Program Coordinator working with incarcerated Peer Educators at all 12 prisons across New Mexico as well as returning citizens in the community, providing resources for peers on Adult Probation & Parole supervision. Mikayla is proud to be advocating for the many previously incarcerated persons seeking a valuable role as a CCHW in their communities. Mikayla is currently leading the Johnson & Johnson CHW Leaders project and offers mentorship and support to the inspiring and groundbreaking individuals in the CHW Leadership community.
Aurora GrantWingate had the honor of joining the National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) in October 2020 as their Member and Partner Engagement Associate as one of NACHW first three staff members. Throughout her time at NACHW, Aurora has overseen the development and growth of NACHW’s COVID-19 portfolio including NACHW’s partnerships with the Vaccine Equity Cooperative, The National COVID-19 Resiliency Network, and The Community Based Workforce Alliance. In addition, Aurora has had the pleasure to connect with hundred of CHWs and CHW Networks throughout the country to connect them with trainings, grant opportunities, and help foster community building. Prior to working at NACHW, she previously worked with Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), and the non-profits Students for Justice (SFJ) and Center for New Americans (CNA). Aurora earned her BA in Sociology from Smith College.
- Who are Community Health Workers?
- Who is the National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW)?
- Why are Professional Identity and Leadership Development important for CHWs?
- Why is it important for Community Health Workers to be involved in research and data collection?