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Dr. Tracey Smith
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Release Date: January 24, 2022



Community Health Workers: Transforming Care in the Delta Region of Southern Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, an initiative of the Camden Coalition, has named the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) as a regional convening host organization in 2022. IPHA will work with the National Center to bring stakeholders together in the Delta Region of Southern Illinois to address barriers to care for people with complex medical, behavioral health, and social needs.

In partnership with the Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network, Illinois Community Health Workers Association, Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network, Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Migrant Council, Illinois Primary Health Care Association, NAACP Carbondale Chapter, and Southern Illinois Healthcare, the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) will host the Regional Convening on Thursday, April 7, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois. IPHA encourages community health workers (CHWs), managed care organizations, federally qualified health centers, local health departments, critical access hospitals, and agencies who are interested in learning more about how CHWs and their role in transforming care in Southern Illinois to attend this free Regional Convening. The Regional Convening will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the role of Community Health Workers (CHWs) and how CHWs can be integrated into existing systems of care to increase access to care and reduce health disparities in the Delta Region of Southern Illinois.

In addition, panelists will discuss ways to secure and effectively supervise CHWs. Health sector innovators will share best practices to integrate CHWs into the complex care team as well as how to forge collaboration between Medicaid, state health departments, accountable care organizations, and other community partners to increase access to care and decrease health disparities. After the Regional Convening, participants will have the opportunity to network with CHWs and regional stakeholders from across the Delta Region of Southern Illinois.

Mark your calendar and register now: Thursday, April 7, 2022 at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL. Please note if COVID positivity rates are elevated, the Regional Convening will be hosted virtually. Registration opens on Monday, January 24, 2022. To register online for the Regional Convening, click on the link: Regional Convening Registration, or visit the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) website ( and click on the events tab.

Founded in 1940, the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) is Illinois’ oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated exclusively to matters of public health. IPHA’s mission is to enhance and support the public health system and the practice of public health with a focus on health equity and improved health throughout Illinois. With nearly 7,000 members statewide, IPHA is the American Public Health Association’s largest affiliate.




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