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National Public Health Week 2024

National Public Health Week (NPHW) recognizes and celebrates public health professionals nationwide. April 1-7, 2024, marks the 29th NPHW organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA). This year’s theme is “Protecting, Connecting, and Thriving: We are All Public Health.”

We will join a nationwide celebration of the incredible work of public health professionals. We are proud to be part of this vital field, working to keep our region healthy and safe.

Why Public Health Matters

Public health is often the silent guardian, working tirelessly behind the scenes to prevent disease outbreaks, promote healthy behaviors, and ensure clean water, air, and food. It’s why you can drink tap water and eat fresh food without worry; the system helps ensure safe spaces and immunizations at schools, and the network monitors and responds to potential health threats.

Join Us in Celebrating Public Health Heroes

We invite public health professionals, community organizations, and the community – to celebrate the dedicated public health professionals this NPHW!


Throughout the week, we’ll highlight:

Stay Connected!

Visit our social media pages for more information on NPHW 2024

Follow us on social media as we celebrate National Public Health Week! Use the hashtag #NPHW2024 to join the conversation and share how public health impacts your life.

Together, we can build a healthier future for all!


April 2024 Continuing Education Training Schedule

Stay updated with IPHI’s schedule full of continuing education trainings! All training information can be found below: 

April 2024 Topics
April 1: Navigating Social Needs DC | Register
April 3, 5, and 10: Chronic Disease Self-Management Series* | Register
April 8: CHW Emergency Response | Register
Mar. 19: Vaccine Hesistancy | Register
April 17, 19, 24, and 26: Trauma Informed Care Series* | Register
April 22, 24, and 25 : Digital Literacy Series* | Register
April 25: CDC CHW for a Healthy VA CE Training: HIV/LGBTQ          Confidentiality Level

*All three/four sessions must be completed chronologically

**Virginia community health workers only

The Equity Equation – Second Session

This webinar series examines health equity issues and highlights policy and systems-level solutions in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The topic of the second session will focus on, “Power in Policy: Driving Change for Black Maternal Health.”

This session will be held on Monday, April 15, 2024 at noon.

To register, visit: https://shorturl.at/eqzES

Instructions on how to enroll:

  1. Visit: IPHI Absorb website
  2. Once on the Equity Equation Webinar Series Homepage CLICK “Sessions”
  3. Enroll in the “Power in Policy: Driving Change in Black Maternal Health Webinar” on April 15.

March 2024 Continuing Education Training Schedule

March Continuing Education Training Schedule

Stay updated with IPHI’s schedule full of continuing education trainings! All training information can be found below: 

March 2024 Topics
Mar. 5: Team & Supervisor Integration (1/4)
Mar. 12: Team & Supervisor Integration 2/4)
Mar. 18: Making an Emergency Kit | Register 
Mar. 19: Team & Supervisor Integration (3/4)
Mar. 26: First Aid Training | Register
Mar. 26: Team & Supervisor Integration (4/4)
Mar. 28: CDC: Insurance – Medicaid & Disability Services** | Register 
Mar. 29: CPR/AED | Register

*All four sessions must be completed chronologically

*If you are interested in this training and are NOT a CDC or HRSA program employer with IPHI, please contact Training Manager Dwyan Monroe at [email protected] for a training fee and enrollment instructions.

**Virginia community health workers only

February 2024 Continuing Education Training Schedule

February Continuing Education Training Schedule

Stay updated with IPHI’s schedule full of continuing education trainings! All training information can be found below: 

February 2024 Topics
Feb. 12: Vaccine Hesitancy with Jason Anthony | Register
Feb. 20: Situational Awareness with Jason AnthonyRegister 
Feb. 26 – Feb. 29 (Mon. – Thurs.): Community Health Worker (CHW) Supervisor Training* | Register 
Feb. 28: CDC: Conflict Management** | Register 

*If you are interested in this training and are NOT a CDC or HRSA program employer with IPHI, please contact Training Manager Dwyan Monroe at [email protected] for a training fee and enrollment instructions.

**Virginia community health workers only

Coalitions Empower Conference: A Seat at the Table: April 29-30, 2024

On April 29-30, 2024, CHWs for a Healthy VA will host the Coalitions Empower Conference: A Seat at the Table in Abingdon, VA. This FREE conference will introduce community health worker (CHW) regional coalitions and other Virginia coalitions to resources and best practice methodologies from various disciplines. Register to learn about: 

  • Expanding and sustaining existing CHW coalitions
  • Ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Virginia CHW workforce

Objectives:

  • Leave with tools, best practice methodologies, and action steps to strengthen coalitions.
  • Have a better understanding and awareness of CHWs’ roles in supporting communities to achieve improved health outcomes.
  • Expand professional networks with other like-minded individuals and organizations for the expansion, sustainability, and impact of the coalitions. 
  • Learn effective strategies for coalition implementation and sustainability. 

Who: CHW regional conveners, CHW coalition members, CHWs, ecosystem/community builders, and other thought leaders across Virginia.

When: April 29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Where: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, One Partnership Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210

To Register, visit: Coalitions Empower Conference: A Seat at the Table Tickets

Agenda

Speakers/Panelist/Conveners

If you have additional questions, please contact [email protected]


This CHWs for a Healthy VA project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of financial assistance awards totaling over $13 million, with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

CHWs Leading Focus Groups: 1/19/2023 & 2/9/2023

Community Health Workers (CHWs) Leading Focus Groups

ONLY TEN (10) SPOTS AVAILABLE

This training enhances CHWs’ communication and facilitation skills, focusing on planning and leading effective focus groups.
Focus groups are guided discussions that give insight into
participants’ thoughts and feelings about a particular topic. CHWs are uniquely qualified to lead these discussions because of their deep understanding of the communities they serve.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about focus groups and their purpose
  • Understand a focus group facilitator’s roles and responsibilities
  • Learn best practices for planning and leading focus groups
  • Feel confident about planning and leading focus groups

What? Two (2) one-hour training sessions

Who? CHWs

When? January 19 and February 9, from noon to 1 p.m. EST

For more details, please contact [email protected]


Community Health Worker (CHW) Awareness & Education Day: 1/18/2023

Virginia communities risk losing community health workers (CHWs) if sustainable funding is unavailable for these positions and programs. CHWs are vital to their communities because they build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through outreach, education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy.

On Thursday, January 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., the Virginia CHW Association will host a CHW Awareness & Education Day at the General Assembly building. Leaders from all over the state will meet with legislators to discuss the role and impact of CHWs in communities across the Commonwealth. The theme of this event is “I Have a Dream,” to honor Martin Luther King Jr’s emphasis on the power of collective action and community engagement to achieve equality for all.  

Join these efforts by registering for the CHW Awareness & Education Day and/or sending a prewritten letter detailing the importance of CHWs’ role to your legislator (You will only need to fill in your information in the template). 

To take it a step further, IPHI encourages you to sign up for the CHW Civic Engagement Ambassador Week. IPHI and Transformative Changes host a CHW cohort to create a space for community members to sit at the table, leverage their voices, and influence meaningful change in systems. 

For more details, please contact [email protected], [email protected] [email protected]


January 2024 Continuing Education Training Schedule

January Continuing Education Training Schedule

Stay updated with IPHI’s schedule full of continuing education trainings! All training information can be found below: 

January 2024 Topics
Jan. 11: Project ECHO: CHWs Supporting the Unhoused | Register
Jan. 22: Emergency ResponseRegister 
Jan. 24: Navigating Social Need Resources in DC | Register 
Jan. 25: CDC Mental Health for CHWs to Address Burnout & Stress*Register 
Jan. 26: Opioid Overdose ResponseRegister
Jan. 29: COVID-19 Airborne Pathogen Defense | Register
Jan. 30 & Jan. 31: Digital LiteracyRegister

*For Virginia CHWs only

Community Health Worker (CHW) Legislative Summit: 12/14/2023

CHW Legislative Summit (English) (Spanish)

IPHI, Transformative Changes, New Virginia Majority, and the Virginia Community Health Worker Association invite you to the CHW Legislative Summit on December 14, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This Summit is a space for CHWs, allies, and advocates in Virginia to co-create change together.

At the Summit, attendees will:

  • Build community by getting to know each other
  • Learn skills and strategies to effectively ignite systems change
  • Hear about the 2024 policies landscape that could affect CHWs
  • Share stories, questions, and concerns with public officials
  • Prepare to collectively ignite change on behalf of the community and for CHWs

Agenda: 

  • 10-10:10 a.m. | Welcome & Interpretation 
  • 10:10-10:30 a.m. | Diversity Welcome, Icebreaker, Background, Purpose 
  • 10:30-11 a.m. | Community Health Worker Policy & Workforce Sustainability
  • 11-noon | Civic Engagement 101 – The Power of Your Voice & Story
  • noon-12:30 p.m. | Summit Break 
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Community Health Worker Chat & Q&A w/ Legislators 
  • 1:30-2 p.m. | Community Health Worker Ally Roundtable

Other names that fall under the CHW umbrella include:

  • Case Worker or Public Health Aide,
  • Community Care Coordinator,
  • Community Health Advisor/Educator/Promoter/Representative/Worker,
  • Community Outreach Worker/Specialist or Neighborhood Health Advisor,
  • Consejera/Animadora (counselor/organizer) or Promotor (a) de Salud (health promoter),
  • Environmental Health Aide or Family Service Worker,
  • HIV Peer Counselor,
  • Lactation Consultant/Specialist or Maternal/Infant Health Outreach Specialist,
  • Lay Health Advisor,
  • Lead Abatement Education Specialist,
  • Patient Navigator Peer Educator, and more.

For more details, please contact [email protected]


To access the Summit photos, click: here. To view the Summit recording, click: here. The Zoom passcode is xJ=4k%Zq.