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Community Health Workers Forum

On Monday, April 21, 2014, Health & Medicine held a forum at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois on Community Health Workers in Illinois: Recognizing and Sustaining the Workforce. Over 100 Community Health Workers (CHWs), providers, policy makers, and stakeholders attended the event which featured a discussions on:

  • CHW Roles in Integrated Healthcare Models: Research and Workforce
  • State Legislation and Planning Initiatives
  • Integrating and Paying for CHWs in Emerging Models of Care


Forum Speakers:

Opening Speaker: Venoncia M. Baté-Ambrus - view the presentation
                              Director of Workforce Development & Diversity
                              Interim Coordinator WI CHW Alliance (WICHWA)
                              Milwaukee Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)

CHW Roles in Integrated Healthcare Models: Research and Workforce

  • Jamie Campbell – Data Manager, Sinai Urban Health Institute - view the presentation
  • Dr. Molly Martin – Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Institute for Health Research and Policy
  • Jeffery Waddy – Dean of Health Professions and Sciences (HPS), South Suburban College


State Legislative and Planning Initiatives

  • Robyn Gabel – Illinois State Representative, 18th District
  • Leticia Boughton – Network Coordinator, Chicago CHW Local Network
  • Michael Gelder – Senior Health Policy Advisor to Governor Quinn


Integrating and Paying for CHWs in Emerging Models of Care

  • Samantha Olds – Executive Director, Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans
  • Peter McLoyd – Consumer Development and Advocacy Coordinator, Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center - view the presentation
  • Carmen Velazquez – Former Executive Director, Alivio Medical Center

Forum Resources:

This forum was sponsored by: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Chicago Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Chicago Community Health Workers Local Network, HealthConnect One, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and UIC School of Public Health