Welcome to our first newsletter! The Coalition is excited to be launching a regular newsletter, and we look forward to keeping in touch with you.  We'll provide updates on the work of the Coalition, share news about CHWs in Kansas and nationwide, and keep you in the loop about ways to get involved.  You're also invited to contribute news about your own work on CHW issues--we'll have a guest post each month, and we would love to hear from you.
Committee Updates
Education: The Education Committee is on its way to developing goals to guide the work to come.  In future meetings, the committee will be discussing what kind of curriculum, core competencies, or training certificate system we would like to build in Kansas, and how we can work with other stakeholders to make this happen.
Co-Chairs: Abby Crow and Lucia Martinez-Reyes
Next meeting: April 7, 1:00 PM (conference call)

Symposium: The Symposium Committee is hard at work planning our upcoming CHW symposium.  Right now, we are looking into options for speakers to invite.  Do you have topics or concerns you would like to hear a speaker or panel address?  If so, please let us know!  
Claudia Rodriguez-Rios and Sandy Snook
Next meeting: March 20, 10:00 AM (conference call)

Advocacy: The Advocacy Committee has been discussing goals and strategies to guide their work in the year ahead.  Are you interested in raising awareness about the value of CHWs or advocating for sustainable funding?  Come join us, and bring your ideas! 
Co-Chairs: Broderick Crawford and Carissa Redmond
Next meeting: April 11, 11:00 AM (conference call)

Interested in joining a committee?  Please contact Alissa Rankin at
Save the Date!
Coalition Meeting:
March 29, 2017
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ramada Hotel
420 SE 6th Avenue,
Topeka, KS  66607

Annual Symposium:
June 8, 2017
Wichita State University
Rhatigan Student Center
1845 Fairmount St,
Wichita, KS 67260

More details coming soon!

Please spread the word and invite your partners!  
Questions?  Contact

In the News
How to Build Sustainable Community Health Programs in the U.S.
From Health Affairs
The New Front Line of Public Health

"[CHWs]  take a 360-degree view of the barriers that stand between their patients and better health—and their numbers are growing."
From The Atlantic: CityLab  

Closing the Gap: Applying Global Lessons Toward Sustainable Community Health Models in the U.S.
"The...Task Force has highlighted key principles for developing effective programs and essential questions to consider while the business case for a CHW program is being developed." 
From the United Nations

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