The American Public Health Association defines a community health worker (CHW) as 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 worker to serve as a liaison between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery (apha.org 2018). Community Memorial Foundation views the pilot as an integral part of our Regional Health and Human Services Agenda, and is committed to promoting CHWs for the purposes of enhancing community engagement, health equity and workforce development in our region.
The foundations have allocated a budget of $330,000 for 6 FTE Community Health Workers at a total budget of up to $55,000 each. The pilot will be coordinated by Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, and will run from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019; there will be opportunity for renewal grants in years 2 and 3, pending successful outcomes. Interested organizations should review the RFP and submit an application no later than Monday, October 1, 2018; they are also invited to attend an information session at the CMF office on Wednesday, September 12th at 10:00 AM.