AzCHOW Celebrates Workforce Diversity

Community Health Workers

The Arizona Community Health Workers Association (AzCHOW)  held their 13th annual training conference  in Tucson on June, 16-17 2016, and it was a resounding success. Held at the Tucson University Marriott Park Hotel, the two day conference drew more than  240 community health workers, supervisors and supporters. The theme of the conference was “Celebrating the Diversity of the CHW Workforce.”  The conference featured a variety of topics, chief among them were a panel on CHW workforce diversity, and a workshop on CHW Supervisor communication skills. Panelists who provided information about their unique roles as CHWs  in  “Recognizing the Diversity of the CHW Workforce”  included Katherine Sisto, a Community Health Representative for the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Ms. Sisto participated in SEAHEC’s Arizona Healthy Hearts Initiativein 2013, by training to become one of our Healthy Hearts master trainers. Also on the panel was Berta Carbajal, of Phoenix, who leads the Phoenix based promotora HOPE Network, and has championed community health workers for decades. Ms. Carbajal was also recognized on Friday, by the membership, with the Joel Meister award. AzCHOW’s top award for outstanding service as a CHW. AzCHOW Vice President, Lorena Verdugo, of Tucson talked about her work with the Ventanillas de Salud, a program developed by the… Continue reading