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MACHW Call for Awards Now Open!

The Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW) wants to recognize and honor the outstanding service, dedication, and excellence of individuals and groups of individuals who serve their communities as Community Health Workers (CHWs).

The American Public Health Association (APHA) definition of a CHW is: “A frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.”   CHWs are also known as: community health advocates; neighborhood workers; lay health advisers/workers; consejeras(os); promotoras(es); outreach workers; patient navigators; peer health educators; camp aides; and community health representatives (CHRs).

To honor those efforts, MACHW is accepting nominations for the following award:

  1. Outstanding CHW of the Year Award
  2. Outstanding CHW Supervisor of the Year Award
  3. Outstanding CHW Program of the Year Award

Please refer to the group packets to apply for these awards.  All MACHW Awardees will be announced and recognized at the CHW/PN Annual Conference, which will be held in Norwood, Massachusetts, May 11, 2017.  Awards are open to CHWs and CHW programs in Massachusetts. Submissions are accepted in English only.

Photo:   Vietnamese Health Project, Greater Springfield area
One of two winners for the 2016 Massachusetts Outstanding CHW Program Award
Photo:   An Honorary Mention awarded in 2016 to JRI Health PACT Program, Boston