In this webinar held on May 15, 2014, we discuss Maine's Community Health Worker Initiative (MCHWI).
MCHWI is focused on developing the infrastructure to support Community Health Workers (CHWs) as part of Maine's transformed health care system. CHWs' "experience-based expertise" is a core strength of this workforce and translates into care that is more patient-centered, culturally-competent and effective (JACM, 2011). Participants will learn more about the MCHWI and its work to strengthen the infrastructure supporting Maine CHWs and to assure sustainability of this emerging workforce. We'll discuss best practices, policy development and payment reform, and how Maine can position itself to leverage the recent national attention and engagement to strengthen our communities as well as our systems of care.
Our presenter is Barbara Ginley, MPH, Project Director of the CHW Initiative at Maine Migrant Health Program.