Track 2 - Leadership

Management and Workforce Development

Sharing Session - 60 Minutes

C1 - Healthy Living Collaborative of Maricopa County (AZ): Aligning Million Hearts 2022 with Community Health Worker (CHW) Capacity Building and the State’s First CHW Certified Program to Impact Community Health in Vulnerable Populations

Wednesday, July 11
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Balcony L

This session will provide an overview of the intergovernmental agreement that created the formation of a unique vehicle to implement a state-certified CHW program for public housing and low-income housing residents.
This partnership is designed to address gaps in the continuum of care by creating the capacity for Community Health Workers to affect community members where they live. Residents increase their health literacy as a culture of health becomes a standard amenity of public and low-income housing.
The Million Hearts 2022 framework serves as an overarching strategy that Maricopa County has been developing for the last four years. This national initiative aims to reduce incidences of heart attack and stroke by 1 million over the next five years. CHWs enrolled in the Maricopa County Department of Public Health's 32-week internship receive 100% free tuition and books. Scholarships are awarded to residents, housing coordinators, and community members as a vehicle to create community capacity for better population health.
Central Arizona College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This voluntary program requires the successful completion of three prerequisites as part of the application process.

Keywords

Partnerships & Collaborations, Chronic Disease, Health Education

Mark Gallegos, BA, EDM

Community Health Development Supervisor
Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Mark holds a BS in Emergency and Disaster Management through the American Military University. This proposed session will feature the Million Hearts® initiative in Maricopa County, a Community Health Worker producing internship and how we create capacity within public housing. Expertise garnered through twenty years of experience as a Healthcare Specialist (Paramedic) in the US Army and six years of international contract work in health systems development, have contributed to the innovative approach of this collaborative. Expertise in biometrics, Community Health Worker (CHW) workforce development and community mobilization have been essential to the success achieved thus far.

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Silvia Juarez, MA

Sr. Health Educator
Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Silvia Juarez is a Sr. Health Educator for the Office of Community Health Innovations at Maricopa County Department of Public Health. She has a master's degree in Human Rights from the University of El Salvador and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Houston. She has international experience working with grassroots organizations in rural communities through Peace Corps in Latin America and has worked as a volunteer to promote child literacy and youth education in her parent's village in El Salvador. In the last year and a half, Silvia has had the privilege of working with CHWs in the implementation of the Million Hearts initiative in senior HUD facilities and is currently leading the design of a Core Competency Trainings for CHWs working directly with the Office of Community Health Development.

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