Community Health Worker (CHW) Strategy Meetings


Community Health Worker (CHW) Strategy Meetings

March 20th and 21st 2019



Herrin, IL (March 20th) 8:30 AM—12:30 PM

Herrin Hospital Heritage Building

201 S. 14th Street, Herrin Illinois


Springfield, IL (March 21st) / 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

INB Conference Center

431 S. 4th Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701

(Parking available across the street at 4th and Capitol)


Description:  This half-day meeting will focus on the importance of CHWs in the prevention and management of chronic diseases in Illinois. Sessions include the roles and goals for CHWs nationally and statewide; a history of the IL Community Health Worker Advisory Board; and a review of recommendations from the 2016 IL CHW Advisory Board Report, Community Health Workers in Illinois-A Value Driven Solution for Population Health.   Coffee and light refreshments will be available.


Objectives:  At the end of the meeting, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand the current and future goals toward implementing and integrating CHWs in Illinois.
  2. Identify and discuss gaps and areas for development in the 2016 CHW Advisory Board Report, Community Health Workers in Illinois-A Value Driven Solution for Population Health.
  3. Inform frequency, location and topic areas that need to be addressed during future IL CHW workgroup and advisory meetings.




8:30 – 8:40      Welcome and Introduction of Partners:  Tom Hughes, Executive Director, Illinois Public Health Association

8:40 – 8:55      CHWs: The Journey and How We Got Here, a Historical Perspective:  Leticia Boughton Price, President/CEO Illinois CHW Association

8:55 – 9:15      A National Lens on the CHW: Wandy Hernandez, Co-Chair National Association of Community Health Workers

9:15 – 9:30      The Roles and Goals for CHWs in Illinois: Paula Jimenez, Assistant Division Chief- Division of Chronic Disease, IDPH; and Mona VanKanegan, DDS, MS, MPH, Division Chief, Division of Oral Health, IDPH

9:30 – 9:45      Implementing and Integrating CHWs in Central and Southern Illinois CHW:  Dr. Tracey Smith, Director of Family Community Medicine SIU School of Medicine

9:45 – 10:00    Overview of the Morning Discussions

10:00 – 10:10 Break and move to Café Conversations

10:10 – 10:30 Café 1 Discussion

10:35 – 10:55 Café 2 Discussion

11:00 – 11:20 Café 3 Discussion

11:25 – 11:45 Café 4 Discussion

11:50 – 12:10 Café 5 Discussion

12:15 – 12:30  Wrap Up/Sharing of Next Steps/Evaluation










*Funding for this program was provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health’s “Improving the Health of Illinoisans Through Chronic Disease Prevention,” CDC-DP18-1815 grant.


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