It is with great excitement that we share with you all the NACHW National Policy Platform. This document is an important tool to promote national professional identity, leadership and capacity of CHWs and our Associations.
This document was created over the past year of town hall calls with over 30 CHW Associations, 3 national CHW polls, numerous partner meetings, member input on the Biden administration’s national plan to Build Back Better and in consultation with many of you. It centers many of the policies and best practices that are already nationally endorsed within our field and can be applied to COVID-19 response efforts as well as long term policy development.
Likely there are things we will add to this document as we learn! However, now is the time for us to come together as CHWs and allies to articulate to public and private institutions our values and strategies to Respect, Protect and Partner with us.
Over the next few weeks, NACHW will begin to share this document widely, in presentations, on social media, through our newsletter, etc. if you have an upcoming presentation, we would be happy to provide you with slides to share these policy recommendations and more about NACHW.
Thank you again for your expertise, contributions and partnership. I honor your voices and look forward to continued advancement of CHWs through our unity.
Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN