The Institute for Public Health Innovation, with support from the National Network of Public Health Institutes and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will host a forum on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 8 AM-4 PM EST titled, “Investing in Community Health Workers: Advancing Virginia’s Health, Reducing Cost, and Improving Quality” at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel and Conference Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

This 1-day forum aims to increase awareness about the roles of community health workers (CHWs) in bridging health care and population health in Virginia. Sessions will address the role of community health workers in improving community health and supporting financially sustainable, quality health care and delivery systems. Speakers include community health workers from across Virginia, partners at the Virginia Department of Health and community-based organizations, and representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, among others. Attendees will include community health workers and their beneficiaries, and representatives from the health care delivery, legislative and policy, research and academic, community-based, public health, and social service sectors.

Following the forum, participants will have opportunities to become active in statewide CHW groups including the Virginia CHW Advisory Group and Statewide CHW Association; support efforts within organizations to utilize CHWs to promote population health and health equity; and inform the development of strategies to create a multi-sector CHW awareness campaign. These efforts contribute to IPHI’s ongoing portfolio of broadly coordinated policy initiatives in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland, designed to increase the effectiveness of state health systems improvement and planning processes.

To find out more contact: cchw@institutephi.org.

Click below to view a copy of the agenda:
CHW Forum – April 1 – Agenda