Support CHW Professional Development
MACHWitas (MACHW Regional Chapters)
Our six regional chapters (known as MACHWitas) offer Community Health Workers a chance discover new community resources, build skills and learn from each other. MACHWitas maintains a monthly calendar of events in the region, run CHW Professional Development Forums, and conducts a census of all Community Health Workers in the area. Sign up as a MACHW member and you will automatically receive information on the MACHWita in your region (Boston, Northeast, Metrowest, Central, Southeast, West).
MA Annual Community Health Worker Conference:
Each May, MACHW co-hosts an annual conference of Community Health Workers, along with the MA Department of Public Health. Sign up as a MACHW member and you will automatically be invited to the conference.
Support Community Health Workers To Become Certified
MACHW offers workshops to help experienced Community Health Workers document their work histories so that they can be “grandfathered in” as certified Community Health Workers. For those new or recent to the field, MACHW helps CHWs locate training centers where they can pursue a path toward certification. Certification is NOT required for employment as a Community Health Worker.
Foster CHW Integration Across Systems of Care.
This online and onsite resource for ACOs, hospitals, community health centers, community partners and other health providers provides streamlined access to the evidence and best practices in designing and implementing Community Health Worker programs. The Resource Center also convenes employers for information exchange on system change and implementation strategies.
CHW Manager/Supervisor Learning Communities
CHW supervisors can participate in a year-long Learning Community which meets monthly to explore the evidence and highlights best practices in CHW program management and supervision. The program offers a structured process for supervisors to present and analyze cases of real life implementation challenges and receive feedback from peers. Supervisors learn Reflective Supervision as a practical tool that they can use in CHW supervision. Content includes: Communities Supervisor & CHW roles & job descriptions, CHW recruitment & selection, training & coaching, Care Team preparation for integrating CHWs, goal-setting, documentation, cross-cultural supervision, evaluation and more.
Advocate for Statewide Infrastructure
Promote a Vision for Integrated Care & Health Equity in Massachusetts
MACHW community health workers work in in primary care, behavioral health, substance abuse, hospitals and community settings. MACHW champions a holistic, ecological view of community health, raising awareness of the social determinants of health and highlighting the specific needs and strengths of multicultural communities. It advocates for strengthened integration between medical, behavioral and addiction recovery services, as well as between clinical and community-based services more broadly.
Public Policy Advocacy
MACHW staff and Board members are active at many policy tables that impact Community Health Workers, including issues related Health Care Reform legislation and policy, CHW Certification, and other health equity issues. MACHW holds a seat on the MA DPH Public Health Council, has four representatives on MA CHW Board of Certification, and plays a leading role in convening the NE Region Community Health Worker Collaborative.
Advocate for CHW Professional Development Infrastructure in MA
MACHW advocates for public investment in infrastructure to sustain training programs that enhance CHW professional development and expand the workforce.
CHW Policy Leadership Institute
Each Winter, Community Health Workers interested in becoming trained as policy leaders and advocates attend our annual CHW Policy Leadership Institute. Those who complete the training can be connected to Boards or Coalitions in their region who are seeking CHW representation. Sign up as a MACHW member and you will automatically receive information about the CHW Policy Leadership Institute.
Match CHWs with Funding & Policy Boards and Coalitions
MACHW identifies, trains and supports Community Health Workers to serve on regional and statewide boards, commissions and coalitions. If your entity is seeking Community Health Worker representation, reach out to us.