Letter to Senate President Steve Yarbrough and Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard of Arizona

Authors: Floribella Redondo, President of Arizona Community Health Workers Association
Year: 2017
State: AZ
Website link: https://nachw.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Sunrise-application-final-2017.docx
Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: All, Administration - certification boards state health departments etc., Legislative language bills etc., Role of state government
Evidence Generation: Documentation of how CHWs can work within care teams
Policy: General language around CHW WD, Legislative language
Workforce Development: CHW training programs (not cert.)

This proposal requests a modification to statutes to: establish voluntary certification among CHWs to allow for increased protection of patients and community members working with CHWs in their home or healthcare environments; implement a CHW certification board to review training program curricula that target CHW Core Competencies; and encourage a uniformly educated CHW workforce. Certification will help to more adequately inform the community members and healthcare employers of CHWs profession status and skill set..

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