NC Community Health Worker Summit: Bridging Health and Community

Oct 20–Oct 21, 2021 Medicine Mental Health Nursing Public Health

NC Community Health Worker Summit: Bridging Health and Community


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The Inaugural North Carolina Community Health Worker (CHW) Summit will bring together a multidisciplinary audience from across the state who are interested in promoting CHW workforce and models across NC with an ultimate focus on advancing health equity for NC residents. The summit will be offered in a virtual environment to promote safety and access, including Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and American Disabilities Act (ADA) services for participants. We will gather together to learn from national and state CHW leaders and celebrate the work of NC Community Health Workers through a mix of formats, including plenary speakers, group education sessions, interactive panels, and networking opportunities on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 pm EST after the program. Please join us as we partner to explore local, regional, and statewide solutions to individual, community, and systems-level health challenges in North Carolina.


Three Plenary Sessions

FaithHealth Supporters of Health: Right Door, Right Time, Ready to be Treated, Not Alone Enrique Catana Ramiro will be presenting on his work with FaithHealth. FaithHealth helps ease the journey to health and healing for people and the communities in which they live by connecting the caring strengths of congregations, the clinical expertise of providers and a network of community resources.

Role of Community Health Workers as Racial Justice Change Agents
Abdul Hafeedh Bin Abdullah and Rumana Rabbina from CommUnity Healing through Activism and Strategic Mobilization (CHASM) will present. CHASM is a Community-Led Institute of strategic learning that aims to build capacity for Community Health Workers (CHWs) within historically marginalized communities, neutralize systemic inequities, and enhance harmony within the social ecology of our society.

Paso adelante/Paso atrás: Una colaboración de 30 años inspirada por la educación popular para promover la profesión de promotores/as
Move forward/Move back: A 30-year popular education partnership to promote the CHW profession presented by Noelle Wiggins and Teresa Campos Dominquez. Popular (people’s) education is an approach to education and community organizing, grounded in what people already know and do, that promotes learning from each other in order to create a more just and equitable society. This powerful framework and tool, when used consistently by CHWs working in any setting, can promote individual and community power and advance health equity.

Breakouts Sessions

Breakouts will feature tracks or concentrations throughout the two-day summit. Attendees may choose to attend all one track or attend sessions in all tracks.
There will be four different breakouts within these overarching tracks below:
Track One - CHW Skills: Building your Toolbox
Track Two - CHW Workforce Development for Employers and Leaders
Track Three - Social Determinants of Health

See the brochure for specific breakout topics and featured presenters.

Community Health Worker Stories

Community Health Worker Stories will feature CHWs from around the state sharing about their passion for community health work with diverse populations, including migrant farm workers, LatinX, Black and African American, formerly incarcerated individuals, and individuals who are unhoused or experiencing housing insecurity, in a variety of settings, including health systems, community based, and faith based.

Networking Opportunities

Networking will occur, in designated interest groups, after the program completes on Wednesday, October 20th for one hour.

Sessions will be in available in Spanish and English.

The Community Health Workers Conference strives to host inclusive, accessible virtual events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. We welcome individuals registering without sharing their mailing address or other identifying information. Instead of using online registration, you may access the registration form within the PDF brochure (coming soon).

In collaboration with the NC CHW Association,
NC AHEC, and NC DHHS Office of Rural Health

Target Audience

Community health workers, lay health workers, outreach workers, and other frontline public health workers improving the health of their communities, and the supervisors, colleagues and allies of the CHW workforce


  • Describe the role of Community Health Workers (CHW) in NC
  • Examine the impact and benefit of Community Health Workers to employers and funders
  • Identify best practices, tools and resources for community health work
  • Improve the role of Community Health Workers in transforming health and eliminating health inequities
  • Review the state and national healthcare landscape in light of NC Medicaid managed care and the role of the CHW and national advocacy for CHWs and CHW model


  • Sarah Arthur, LCSW, MSW
  • Evan A. Ashkin, MD
  • Mary L. BartekMcLean, MSW, LCSW, C-CATODSW
  • June R. Britt, MS
  • Teresa Campos Dominguez
  • Enrique Catana Ramiro
  • Sylvia W. Coleman, RN, BSN, MPH, CLNC
  • Avery Cook, MSW, LCSW
  • Gloria S. Council
  • Mary Beth Dahlstein
  • Honey Estrada, MPH
  • Brenda K. Galloway
  • Abdullah Hafeedh Bin Abdullah
  • Erica P. Hall, BS
  • Michael Hayes
  • Cristy M. Isastia, AA in Science
  • Michelle Laws, PhD, MA
  • Terri H. Marlowe
  • Shawn Maynor
  • Rubi A. Morales, CHW
  • Jennifer R. Norville, BSPH
  • Angie Pena
  • Yolanda PinzonUribe
  • Ann DuPre D. Rogers, MSW, LCSW
  • James Sam
  • LaShawn Sam
  • Thermon Sellers
  • Stephanie Stewart, MS, GCG
  • Brandon T. Teal, BS
  • Rosario Villarreal Redondo
  • Noelle Wiggins, EdD, MSPH
  • Vance Williams, BA
  • Devin Worster, MD MPH


If you prefer not to disclose your address, please feel free to register using the registration form within the PDF brochure.
10/20 9:00 AM–10/21 1:30 PM

NC Community Health Worker Summit: Bridging Health and Community
10/20 9:00 AM–10/21 1:30 PM

In order to use the free rate, please check below:

I verify am currently a student or working as a Community Health Worker, Peer Support Specialist, or Community Doula (paid or volunteer)
10/20 9:00 AM–10/21 1:30 PM

Language Services

I need Spanish language services. Necesito idioma servicios en español.
10/20 9:00 AM–10/21 1:30 PM


.800 CEU

The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this entire continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 0.80 CEUs as established by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit.

8.000 Contact Hours

CME for Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners: MAHEC designates this continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 8.00 contact hours.

8.000 Contact Hours

MAHEC designates this continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 8.00 Contact Hours.

8.000 Nursing Contact Hours

8.00 Nursing Contact Hours Activity # AP 008-1920 Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

8.000 CME for Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificate of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 8.00 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

8.000 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM

Accreditation: The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is accredited by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Credit Designation: MAHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


$25.00 Early Registration Fee
Applies 8/20/21–10/6/21
$40.00 Registration Fee
Applies 10/7/21–10/20/21
FREE Community Health Workers only - Free, but must register to attend
Applies 8/20/21–10/20/21
FREE Student (proof of enrollment may be requested) - Free, but must register to attend
Applies 8/20/21–10/20/21
Register Brochure / Registration Form