Julie Peterson Honored
"I'm gob smacked!!!" That's what Healthy Gen's own Julie Peterson, Senior Director of Policy for 26 years, told the audience at the Washington State Public Health Association Conference upon receiving the Secretary of Health's Annual Award from Secretary John Wiesman. Click here to see a quick clip of the event!
Community Health Worker Task Force
The Healthier Washington initiative seeks to transform our health system through multiple approaches, including workforce innovation. One of the ways they are doing this is through a statewide Community Health Worker (CHW) Task Force.
Convened by Washington State Secretary of Health, John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, and Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) Director, Dorothy Teeter, MHA, the Task Force has a diverse, statewide membership that includes legislators and representatives from the health, business, education, physical and behavioral health care delivery systems, health plans, regional support networks and community-based programs. Importantly, Community Health Workers (CHWs) from across the state make up approximately 40% of Task Force membership.
The charge to this Task Force is to make recommendations at the policy, and potentially legislative, level that will further support the effective integration of Community Health Workers into the efforts of the Healthier Washington initiative and health systems innovation. Between August and December 2015, the Community Health Worker Task Force will look at the attributes, competencies, principles, roles and skills of CHWs. The Task Force meets as a full group three times - August 24th in Kent, WA; October 22nd at Heritage University in Toppenish, WA; and lastly December 18th, again in Kent, WA. In between these full Task Force membership meetings, smaller Task Force workgroups focusing on roles, skills and qualities; training and education; and financing are meeting for deeper dives in each specific topic of consideration.
For more information on the CHW Task Force, and for previous meetings materials, please visit the Healthier Washington Community Health Worker Task Force website:
In July 2015, Foundation for Healthy Generations sponsored the creation and training of a cohort of 27 individuals from Washington state to present on the bundle of sciences we call NEAR: Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Resilience. The training was provided by national consultancy ACE Interface principals, Dr. Rob Anda, co-principal investigator of the original 1994 landmark ACE study and Laura Porter, who also serves half time as Healthy Gen’s Senior Director of its Learning Institute focused on the NEAR sciences. Once certified, a process that takes about a year, the group will be able to train others to present this material as well, rapidly multiplying the capacity around the state to spread this important knowledge and facilitate community and stakeholder conversations.
The cohort is a diverse group demographically, geographically and the members are from a diverse group of organizational and sector backgrounds. Collectively, the NEAR Expert Coaches Cohort come from Benton, Walla Walla, Spokane, Chelan, Yakima, Kittitas, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, Whatcom, Mason, Thurston, Cowlitz, and Clark counties. From Community Health Workers from community-based organizations to pediatricians, group membership spans the health care, early learning, K-12, child health & welfare, and public health sectors. Throughout the year the cohort will build toolkits to facilitate community conversations on NEAR content, and apply their knowledge to develop and support trauma-informed projects in their communities and agencies.
Healthy Gen is proud to engage in expanding health leadership and supporting building community capacity for health equity. If anyone from your organization has any questions or would like assistance in connecting to a NEAR Speaker, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) or 206-832-1908.