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March 5th is Community Health Worker Day at the State House

March 5th is Community Health Worker Day at the State House

February 20, 2009

The Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW) is hosting a Community Health Worker Advocacy Day at the State House on Thursday, March 5th from 11-3.

MACHW will highlight their priority bill, An Act to Certify Community Health Workers in Massachusetts , which seeks to create a board of certification of community health workers. The board will help to improve community health worker training and development, while improving the quality of services CHWs provide to their communities. Health Care For All recognizes the importance CHWs play in creating healthy communities, and supports this legislation.

MACHW is also advocating for one of the ACT!! Coalition’s main priorities – funding the statewide MassHealth Outreach Grant program. Outreach and community health workers are the backbone of Massachusetts health reform. They help consumers navigate the health care system, retain their health coverage, and stay connected to primary and preventive care. The grant program, which has been level-funded at $3.5 million for several years (half of which is reimbursed by the federal government), was eliminated from the Governor’s F10 budget proposal. MassHealth Outreach Grant funding is essential to fulfilling the promise of health reform.

Join MACHW in talking to your legislators about these important issues! RSVP for Community Health Worker Day by Wednesday, February 25th: Click here or call Cindy Marti at (617) 524-6696 x108.

Suzanne Curry