The NACHW Advance CHWs Project
About the Advance CHWs Project
The NACHW Advance CHWs project began in 2021 – funded by Johnson & Johnson, its goal is to advance the national professional identity, policy leadership and organizational capacity of community health workers (CHWs). CHW is used as an umbrella term to describe community health representatives, promotores, aunties, outreach workers, peers and dozens of different workers. CHWs are a diverse, capable, proven, frontline public health workforce, whose trust and cultural alignment with marginalized communities facilitates their roles as community educators, capacity builders, advocates, and liaisons between under-resourced communities and health and social services systems (APHA, 2014).
CHWs’ integration within medical, public health and social service initiatives are essential to eradicate racial and social injustice and health inequities disproportionately experienced by people of color. This data should be used for action to reverse harmful practices and barriers to CHW self-determination, leadership advancement and sustainability.
National CHW Survey Summit Series
Additionally, NACHW invites CHWs and allies to take part in engaging with the National CHW Survey findings during the months of September and October: Data for Action: NACHW National CHW Survey to Advance CHW Professional Identity, Leadership and Capacity (4-Part Series)
As part of the Johnson & Johnson Our Race to Health Equity initiative, this engaging 4-part series will center findings from the National survey launched in 2021 with a snapshot of 867 CHWs represented across each CHW title, region, sector, race/ethnicity identities, and values. The series will strengthen our call to action to unify, gain and build recognition of the CHW professional identity, and advance our leadership. From the largest number of CHWs represented in a survey created by CHWs for CHWs, CHW facilitators will take you on the journey of the data findings, meaning and story behind the data, and examples in applying key takeaways in practice, advocacy, state and local policy, research, and CHW community well-being. The conversation will expand to Q&A as well!
Spanish live-translation will be provided! ¡Se proporcionará traducción en vivo al español!
National CHW Survey of the Advance CHWs Project
About “Our Race to Health Equity”
NACHW, together with Johnson & Johnson, would like to introduce you to CHW leaders from across the nation!
As part of the “Our Race to Health Equity” initiative, Johnson & Johnson is highlighting the voices of CHWs – we aspire to raise the profile of this profession to accomplish the goal of eradicating racial and social injustice as a public health threat for people of color.
- Empathy: Understanding the people we serve and the people who make up our communities of color in the U.S.
- Care: Taking the scale of our organization and deploying our resources to support communities who are suffering from health inequities in the U.S.
- Trust: Building lasting and meaningful partnerships and initiatives that demonstrate our commitment and overall resolve to be a trusted partner with communities of color in the U.S.
Get to know your CHW leaders!
Johnson & Johnson, as part of our commitment to create enduring alliances, would like to highlight the work of CHW leaders from the National Association of Community Health Workers.
Name: Danina Battle
Contact information (LinkedIn, Email): [email protected]
Home Organization: The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia INC
Description of Day-to-Day activities in your home organization:
- Assist individuals in the community living with Sickle Cell
- Encourage, educate, and promote individuals affected by Sickle cell to live a healthy life with nutrition and dietary needs, support groups, mental health resources, stress-free planning
- Mother-to-baby education on Sickle Cell disease
- Listen to clients’ needs/concerns while treating and managing Sickle Cell
- Advocate for clients with physicians, primary care, and specialty Dr’s
- Education and community resource connections for food, clothing, housing, transportation, legal assistance, etc.
- Chronic disease crisis mediation
Proud moments or achievements in your role:
- Being a support system for all my clients to live a fulfilled life
- Connect Individuals w/SCD to heath care services and encourage maintenance in routine care
- Assisting a young adult transitioning from experiencing homelessness to being housed, gaining employment, gathering household furniture items, and living a well sustained and thriving lifestyle while teaching him necessary life skills to continue his success
- Advocating for an elderly woman to receive food stamp assistance and access to food and vital medical equipment and services through Medicaid and receiving medical transportation for this woman to live a healthy lifestyle before her passing