KC Regional Community Health Worker Collaborative
Optimal health outcomes for the Greater Kansas City bi-state community.
To integrate Community Health Workers (CHWs) into the health and human services systems, through capacity building, advocacy, and sustainability.
The Collaborative was formed in early 2016 from growing interest and participation in a regional advisory committee established by MARC in 2011. The Collaborative has an active meeting schedule to support information sharing and program development. The Collaborative meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. at the MARC offices.
In addition to the full Collaborative monthly meetings, there are three working subcommittees focused on capacity building/education, advocacy and sustainability. Community Health Workers employed in the community are supported through a monthly CHW Forum.
The Executive Committee provides guidance in the operation of the Collaborative and assure the progress of the Collaborative. Activities include, but are not limited to, setting goals for the Collaborative, monitoring workflow, handling logistics such as meeting schedules and agendas, making day-to-day decisions to maintain progress toward goals, and electing Executive Committee members and subcommittee chairs. The chairs are Dennis Dunmyer and Cielo Fernandez.
The CHW Forums are open meetings for Community Health Workers in the Kansas City bi-state region. The goal of the Forum is to provide ongoing opportunities for CHWs to share resources and offer peer support, and to develop a common voice through which CHWs can actively advocate for the profession. The CHW Forum meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at the MARC offices. The chair is Dominique Lucas.
The CHW Advocacy Subcommittee's goal is to develop and monitor an outreach campaign through which the Collaborative can educate key audiences on the value of CHWs. The Advocacy Subcommittee meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 8 a.m. at the MARC offices. The chair is Barbara Wiman.
The Sustainability Subcommittee works to create ongoing workforce opportunities for CHWs in a variety of settings that are supported by various reimbursement models. The Sustainability Subcommittee meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. The chair is Treva Smith.
Capacity Building/Education Subcommittee
This committee creates ongoing educational and training opportunities for CHWs, employers and supervisors. The Capacity Building/Education Subcommittee meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. The chair is Sandy Snook.
The work of the KC Regional Community Health Worker Collaborative is made possible in part by a grant from the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City.