Community Health Workers
January 31, 2022 -
 June 13, 2022
Select Mondays
1:00 PM -
 2:15 PM

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are a critical and growing workforce committed to the health and well-being of their neighbors and they are addressing barriers to care such as the primary provider shortage. The Health Resources and Services Administration estimates that there is an urgency for CHW training to meet the staffing demand within in rural communities which will grow 13% by the year 2030.

Supporting your community requires a range of capabilities such as community engagement, informal counseling, and advocacy, as well as knowledge of chronic disease management and social support services.

Whether you are a CHW seeking continuing education or part of the Colette Lamothe-Galette Community Healthcare Worker Institute (CLG-CHWI), or someone seeking a career change to become a CHW, you are welcome to attend this peer-led education and training series. It is designed to equip you with the information and tools you need to improve the overall health of New Jersey communities. All participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Series Leaders

  • Rebecca H. Bryan, DNP, Director of Community Engagement and Professional Development, Rutgers School of Nursing – Camden, New Jersey
  • Meg Fisher, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Health, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Danica LaFortune, Co-Program Director, Community Health Worker Supervisor, Community Doula for SPAN Parent Advocacy Network’s Sister to Sister Community Doulas of Essex County Program
  • Kelly N. Moore, Psy.D., Director, Center for Psychological Services, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University
  • Jennifer M. Nasisi, MPH, Workforce Development Educator, Community Health Worker Apprenticeship Program, Ocean County College
  • Sarah Skrocki, LSW, Perinatal Risk Reduction Specialist, Central Jersey Family Health Consortium

Learning Objectives

After participating in ECHO, providers will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increased skills and capacity of CHWs to provide services and support for COVID-19 public health response efforts among priority populations
  • Prepare CHWs for further integration into existing workforces providing care to priority populations
  • Identify community resources and clinical services to support improved health outcomes for those at highest risk in priority populations
  • Model evidence-based strategies and interventions to help build and strengthen community resilience to mitigate the impact of COVID-19

Continuing Education Accreditation

Continuing Education Accreditation not available for this series.

Colette Lamothe-Galette Community Healthworker Institute

In collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health. The Rutgers Project CHW ECHO will reinforce and expand on classroom education provided by the CLG-CHWI.

The NJ Department of Health established the Colette Lamothe-Galette (CLG) Community Health Worker Institute through a NJ Department of Labor Apprenticeship program. The Institute is named in honor of Colette Lamothe-Galette, who unfortunately passed away in 2020 due to COVID-19 complications. The goal of the Institute is to create a standardized Community Health Worker training and certification program, resulting in a robust CHW workforce. This training program helps prepare and deploy an employee faction critical to the recovery and recuperation of New Jerseys’ most vulnerable communities. It creates a needed infrastructure to support CHWs, and the institutions they serve. Through this work, the NJDOH will create career pipelines for CHWs, enhance CHW skill sets and lead sustainability efforts to support this indispensable workforce.

Information regarding the growing staffing demand for Community Health Workers obtained from The Health Resources and Services Administration, to read more, click here.

Sessions

COVID-19 Prevention in your Community
Monday • January 31, 2022
1:00 PM
- 2:15 PM
Health Inequities that Affect the Wellbeing of Underserved Populations
Monday • February 07, 2022
1:00 PM
- 2:15 PM
Managing COVID-19 Public Health Response
Monday • February 14, 2022
1:00 PM
- 2:15 PM
Disparities in Access to COVID 19 Related Services
Monday • February 21, 2022
1:00 PM
- 2:15 PM
High-Risk, Underserved, and Vulnerable Populations
Monday • March 07, 2022
1:00 PM
- 2:15 PM
Community and Building Equity
Monday • March 14, 2022
1:00 PM
- 2:15 PM
Living with Chronic Illnesses During COVID-19
Monday • March 21, 2022
1:00 PM
- 2:15 PM
COVID-19 & Breastfeeding
Monday • April 04, 2022
1:00 PM
- 2:15 PM
Substance Use Disorder During the Pandemic
Monday • April 11, 2022
1:00 PM
- 2:15 PM
Mental Health: Compassion Fatigue & Resiliency
Monday • April 18, 2022
1:00 PM
- 2:15 PM
Maternal Child Health Resources and Supports
Monday • May 02, 2022
1:00 PM
- 2:15 PM
Domestic Violence during COVID-19
Monday • May 09, 2022
1:00 PM
- 2:15 PM
Improving the Health of Families and Communities
Monday • May 16, 2022
1:00 PM
- 2:15 PM
Cultural Competency & Cultural Humility
Monday • June 06, 2022
1:00 PM
- 2:15 PM
Work & Life Balance
Monday • June 13, 2022
1:00 PM
- 2:15 PM