ELEVATE: 2019 Regional Outreach Workers’ Conference


On August 1-2, 2019 IPHI hosted ELEVATE, the 2019 Regional Outreach Workers’ Conference, with support from partners DC Health, DC Department of Behavioral Health, the Effi Barry Training Institute, HealthHIV, the Virginia CHW Association, and Virginia Department of Health.

Almost 300 Community Health Workers (CHWs) and other Health Outreach Workers from across the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia region came together to network, receive continuing education and promote a cooperative approach to the Community Health Outreach Worker industry. This two-day meeting was packed with workshops, panels, and discussions that addressed the challenges community health and outreach workers encounter every day in their work and that presented information on workforce and industry developments such as association work and certification.

Topics included:

  • National & regional CHW association work
  • State-based certification policy status
  • Working with clients with comorbidities
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Mental health crisis intervention
  • Substance abuse and dependency
  • Immigration and health
  • Food insecurity
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Maternal Mortality
  • Region-specific breakout sessions


Below you will find links to materials and presentations from the conference:


We were also able to get some really great pictures from the day! Check out the photos here.