On July 31st, surrounded by Community Health Workers (CHWs), providers, and advocates, Governor Pat Quinn signed CHW Legislation HB5412 taking an important step towards recognizing the vital work CHWs do throughout Illinois.
The act calls for the Illinois Department of Public Health to establish and appoint the Illinois Community Health Worker Advisory Board. Membership applications for the Advisory Board are now being accepted and you can view the application here
The Board will develop recommendations for IDPH to develop a training and certification process for CHWs and will also advise IDPH, the Governor, and the General Assembly on all matters that impact the effective work of CHWs.
Health & Medicine is proud of our work drafting and garnering support for this legislation. We are grateful for the support of the many organizations, individuals, and CHWs who helped make these efforts a success. We encourage all of those interested in joining the Community Health Worker Advisory Board to complete an application and help support ongoing efforts in Illinois to highlight the vital work of Community Health Workers.