In May 2014, IPHI and many organizational partners from the DC, MD and VA region participated in UNITY 2014, the only national CHW conference designed for and about community health workers. Aptly themed “Community Health Workers – Innovative Solution to Addressing the Triple Aim (Access to Care, Reducing Costs, and Promoting Healthy Communities),” UNITY 2014 provided opportunities for community health workers, policy makers and other public health professionals to share knowledge, information, and expertise about the role of CHWs in transforming the health of the nation. See this special interview with IPHI’s Dwyan Monroe about the Unity Conference.
Special congratulations go to the following IPHI staff and partners for presenting at this year’s conference:
- Brian Diaz, CHW, IPHI, Breakout session: Treatment Adherence – There’s an App for That
- Khadijah Abdullah, Leslie Demus, Reginald Jackson, and Lenora Wright, CHWs with IPHI, Breakout session: CHWs on the Move, Striving to Make a Difference
- Shari Curtis and Fernanda Azucena, DC Primary Care Association, Roundtable Session: Prevention Empowers Me
- Vernita Perry, Ronnette Moton, Lonita Sheppard, and Sabrina Heard, CHWs with IPHI and The Women’s Collective, Roundtable Session: Help, I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Back Up
- Tilli Williams, Healing Our Village, Inc., Roundtable Session: Diabetes Education and Medication Therapy Management Using Community Health Workers
- Dwyan Monroe, IPHI, Roundtable Session: The Center for the Community Health Workforce: Creating a DC, MD, and VA Regional Workforce Development Center to Support Policy, Practice and Program Technical Assistance for CHWs
- Rosalind Oden, Elsa Morales, and Fernanda Azucena, DC Primary Care Association, Roundtable Session: Building a CHW Professional Association
Honoring the Life of Zhilphia “Zee” Turner”
On Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the Unity Conference, the life and service of Zhilphia “Zee” Turner was honored, as she was selected for a Esther M. Holderby CHW Special Recognition Award. As a CHW in the DC area for over 15 years, Zee helped people living with HIV/AIDS link to and stay engaged in life-saving medical care by offering education, encouragement, and support. She most recently served as a Positive Pathways CHW with IPHI. Zee’s impact on the DC region was immeasurable and profound. Read more about Zee.