2017 Annual Conference Workshops & Schedule

Scroll down to read about the individual workshops being offered including learning objectives, a summary, and presenter biographies.

Please note: Online registration is closed, but if you’re interested in attending, you can still register in person at the conference. Be sure to check with the hotel about reservations as most of the rooms have been booked at this time.

Workshops for Spanish Speakers

Translation from English to Spanish will be available on Friday. On Saturday, two of the below workshops are taught in Spanish language only, and are available for Spanish speakers, with translation available for Oral Health. ORCHWA may be able to provide English to Spanish translation for other workshops. Please make this request when registering.


7 CEUS will be provided for attendance on Saturday. As stated by the Oregon Health Authority, “ORCHWA’s Conference Continues Education Credit Hours has met the Traditional Health Worker training standards described in OAR 410-180-0320 through 410-180- 0380. The 2017 ORCHWA’s Conference Continues Education Credit is approved by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to train traditional health workers.” Our approval letter can be found here. Friday does  not include CEU workshops.

Friday, September 29

Master of Ceremony: Elizur Bello

  • 9:00 am – 9:45 am Registration & Coffee/ Tea & muffins
    Location: Gorge Room
  • 9:45 AM- 9:50 AM Welcome & Housekeeping
    9:50 AM – 10:20 AM Opening Ceremony with Speaker: Paul Blackburn, Mayor of Hood River, Alise Sanchez: ORCHWA Executive Director and Abdiasis Mohamed: ORCHWA Board President

    • Speaker Biographies
      • Paul Blackburn, Mayor of Hood River. Mayor Blackburn has lived in Hood River with his family for 15 years. He feels honored to be working to keep this community a great place for all of us. Mayor Blackburn will strives to keep our city government efficient, transparent and service-oriented. Mayor Blackburn has been elected to City Council, Library District, and school local committees, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards. Mayor Blackburn’s wife, Dr. Kristen Dillon, is a partner at Columbia Gorge Family Medicine in the Heights. Together, Mayor Blackburn and Dr. Dillon have 2 daughters, one at HRV and one in college. When not volunteering at church or local nonprofits, Mayor Blackburn can often be found enjoying the Gorge on a bike, skis or paddle board or behind a banjo.
      • Abdiasis Mohamed is the Board President of ORCHWA and the Program Coordinator for the Traditional health worker Program with Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. Originally from Somalia moved to Oregon in 2006. Mohamed is charged with developing and implementing strategic work plan to support a sustainable and effective traditional Health Worker program, THW workforce, training programs, state run website registry and its integration into Oregon health system transformation within OHA’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. He also oversee the Traditional health worker commission and its subcommittees and ensures that the Commission meets its goals, deliverable and timelines. Over the past eleven years, through his work, Mohamed has effectively promoted an understanding of the cultures and backgrounds of diverse African community members in our region. Mohamed also led the development and implementation of the Coalitions of Communities of Color (CCC’s) first African-specific leadership development program focused on developing leaders in the African community who have the skills necessary to engage the wider African community and participate in policy advocacy that addresses disparities in the community. Mohamed is knowledgeable both at the strategic level of dealing with community partners and the policy level of dealing with elected officials and other policymakers. He is comfortable with grassroots community organizing and high-level policy negotiations.  Mohamed continues to serve on numerous advisory committees and councils that influence social and policy change.
      • Alise Marie Sanchez (Anishinaabe) is the first Executive Director of the Oregon Community Health Workers Association. She was born and raised in Helena, Montana, and is a member of the Little Shell tribe. She relocated to Portland, OR to attend Reed College, graduating in 2008 with a degree in English Literature. Alise has over 10 years of experience in the health and human services field, and has worked extensively in the areas of child welfare, domestic violence, parent education, and early childhood. She is an experienced trainer and facilitator, and believes in the transformative power of Popular Education. She is passionate about developing programs that support community self-determination, and is deeply committed to addressing systemic and institutional oppression at all levels of her work.
  • 10:20 AM – 10:25 AM – Introducing the Panel
  • 10:25 AM – 11:55 AM – Mental Health/Trauma Informed care and/Behavioral Health with Speakers: Janie Marsh, Lakeesha Dumas, Lucrecia Suarez, & O’Nesha Cochran
    • Speaker Biographies
      • Onesha Cochran, Evolve Peer Support Specialist. Alcohol and Drug Studies.  Ms. Cochran is the recipient of the Black United College Fund of NAYA Family Center, and several PCC Foundation scholarships. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the All USA Academic Team, (2015), and served on student government, as the Native Nations Club Coordinator. She is currently attending classes working toward an Under Grad Degree in Social Work. At this time, Ms. Cochran, works full time as Peer Recovery Mentor at OHSU as a part of the IMPACT team. O’Nesha is a living testimony of what success, recovery and reentry into society can look like if addiction and reentry needs are cultivated and put into practice. She has lived life experience, consisting of, 20+ years in addiction, and incarceration. Because of these experiences, she is passionate about helping other addicts learn to live a life of self-sufficiency. O’Nesha is a popular motivational speaker, and facilitator. She is always willing to train new mentors and/or facilitate individual or group therapy. O’ Nesha is also a Master trainer for the Trauma-Informed and Diversity training for MAAPPS. (Metro-Plus Association of Addiction Peer Professionals). Ms. Cochran, comes highly recommended, and has an array of references stemming from recovery organizations, the office of Probation and Parole, and many instructors from the educational community.
      • LaKeesha Dumas is an Office of Consumer Engagement Coordinator. She comes with a Wealth of Knowledge and Lived Life Experience; she is In Recovery from Substance Disorder and Mental Health. LaKeesha is certified by the State as a Community Health Worker and a Peer Support Specialist through the Oregon Health Authority. She started off working with health systems when she was a part of the Warriors of Wellness (WOW) Project through Kaiser Permanente. Through her Advocacy for Culturally -Specific Mental Health Services for those on OHP, she was the recipient of the Oregon Public Health Association 2014 Emerging Leader Award. After that, she worked with CareOregon for multiple years, Providing Peer Support services to their members contracted through the Urban League of Portland and the African American Health Coalition. Born and raised in Portland she has seen the Gentrification, Gang-Violence, Drug-Epidemic and Trauma faced by her community. Since being in Recovery she has worked tirelessly reaching back to her community to give them Hope and get them the appropriate resources to become healthier, overcome Barriers and also recover.  LaKeesha is the Chair of The Traditional Health Workers Commission, On the Board for Oregon Public Health Institute, The Board for Portland’s Black LGBTQ Community (Newly named Sankofa Collective Northwest), Alternatives Planning Committee, Peerpocalypse Planning Committee, Stay Clean Inc. Advisor and also the Policy Chair for the Oregon Community Health Workers Association.  She also Volunteers with other Organizations such as Unify Portland, Straightway Services, Enough is Enough, and also Recovery and Healing Groups ranging from anti Human Trafficking, Gang Violence & Domestic Violence to Addiction and Mental Health. In her free time, Lakeesha loves seeing her College son when he can visit or watching his football games on TV, Spending quality time with the Family, Cooking, Binge watching TV series, Going on Spiritual Retreats & Reading Inspirational Books. This new role will help Elevate the way the County provides services to its Consumer’s Bridging the Gap between County and Community. Helping with Technical assistance around the Department’s and Paving the way for more Peer’s with Lived- Life Experience to be part of the County’s delivery system and to be at the table where decisions are being made about Consumers.
  • 11:55 AM – 12:45 PM – Lunch & Annual Meeting
  • 12:45 PM – 3:15 PM  – ORCHWA Annual Meeting
  • 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM Entertainment: Super Star Dancing Team, Karaoke, show off your talent!

Saturday, September 30

8:00-8:30 AM Breakfast, Greetings, and Opening

8:30-10:00 AM Breakouts Sessions 1

  • (En Español/In Spanish) Doula & Diabetes Prevention: A commitment for Healthy Mothers & Babies

    • Summary: Do you know that as a professional doula you can influence better birth and health outcomes of mothers and babies? Have you heard that we are already experiencing an epidemic of diabetes in the US, and that communities of color are at higher risk of developing diabetes than other communities? Ready to join us in this collective action? Learn to seek ways you could contribute to social justice by reverting these oppressive current and future outcomes.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Engage participants in an open conversation about the epidemic of diabetes and how it is harmful to mothers and babies
      • Discuss evidence based research and studies that supports information on how to prevent diabetes
      • Describe the roles of a doula in supporting a pregnant mother to have a healthier pregnancy
      • Engage participants in interactive activities to develop their ability to understand the emotional side of pregnancy, birth and postpartum and avoid future risks of diabetes
    • Trainer Biographies:
      • Sandra Hernandes, Director & Doulas Educator at Spect-Actors/Doulas Latinas International. Sandra Hernandes is a Brazilian Educator and psychologist with expertise in Emotional Intelligence and Personality as well as ICTC Full Circle Doula. These are the foundations of her ability and passion to work with people. Her expertise in Popular Education method and Experiential Education are the pillars of her teaching philosophy, combined with Theatre of the Oppressed for social justice. Sandra presents nationally and internationally at conferences and for diverse audiences of community of color, LGBTQ, allies and for community health workers, doulas, health professionals, educators, and professors. She is the co-founder of Spect-Actors Collective and Doulas Latinas International.
      • Maria Antonia Sanchez, Community Health Worker at The Next Door Inc. D. Tona is a Health Promoter and certified Community Health Worker for 27 years, has lived in the Mid-Columbia since 1988, primarily conducting outreach, education and assisting with screening access for Hispanic women.  Toña started working in health care as a small child, assisting her godmother (the village healer) in collecting medicinal herbs and treating the sick in Mexico. Tona is Board Chair and co-founder of Spect-Actors Collective and Doulas Latinas International since 2010. She has much expertise in community health in special topics such as trauma informed and suicide prevention.
  • Eliminating Preventable Blindness in Oregon – A Community Based Approach

    • Summary: Given that the majority of vision loss is preventable and blindness in the U.S. is expected to double by 2050 (CDC), improved scientific evidence to guide public health vision screening programs are considered essential to eliminating avoidable blindness (National Academies of Science).  By empowering Community Health Workers, who are strategically  embedded in communities throughout the state, to perform basic vision health screening the opportunity to reach those in our communities that are at higher risk for blindness through early detection is essential to eliminating  avoidable blindness in Oregon. Additionally, this model will offer an effective ways to raise awareness of the importance of vision health for all members of a community.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Understand the prevalence and causes of preventable blindness and the social and environmental factors that increases the risk of blindness for Oregonians
      • Learn how to perform basic vision screenings to identify individuals who may benefit from seeing an eye care professional
      • Identify local, state and national resources that can provide assistance for under-insured individuals needing eye care
    • Trainer Biographies:
      • Nathaniel Gebhard, Assistant Professor at OHSU Casey Eye Institute. Dr. Gebhard grew up in Colorado and completed his undergraduate degree in political science at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. He attended medical school at the University of Colorado, after which he completed an internship in internal medicine at Maimonidies Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and then his residency in ophthalmology at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Gebhard also has an interest in global health and has spent significant time abroad working in Mongolia, Bolivia, Honduras, and Mexico. He speaks fluent Spanish, Mongolian and some Russian. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping, biking, skiing, and spending time outdoors with his wife, son, and dog. Dr. Gebhard is excited to be practicing ophthalmology in Hood River and The Dalles and still can’t believe that he calls Hood River, Oregon home!
      • Tosha Zaback, Research Associate at OHSU Casey Eye Institute. Ms. Zaback is a trained program evaluator and program administrator with over 15 years’ experience in clinical, social, and public health research. Her interests include health disparities and social determinants of health research. Before pursuing her graduate degree, she worked as an Ophthalmic Technician where she launched her career as professional. While not at work, Tosha enjoys hiking, travel, photography, ceramics and most importantly being a mom to her son, Devon.
  • Navigating Aging and Disability Services
    • Summary: More than ever before, older people and people with disabilities are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. A person’s ability to achieve wellness, maintain dignity and choice, and to have the wherewithal and freedom to advocate, is influenced by the broader society and its institutions, programs, and policies. Community Health Workers will learn more about the services and programs available to help older adults, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them to navigate and access many untapped resources provided through the aging services network. This training will be presented in an interactive format that implements Popular Education methods for group learning.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Understand how the experience of aging effects social determinants of health and independence
      • Become familiar with the variety of services available to older adults and persons with disabilities
      • Learn how to coordinate care with Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services Division (ADVSD) services
      • Learn how to make appropriate referrals to ADVSD
      • Discuss eligibility criteria for Medicaid funded Long Term Care services
      • Explore issues around equity for providing services to racial, ethnic and sexual minority elders
      • Understand when to refer to Adult Protective Services (APS)
    • Trainer Biographies:
      • Lauren Fontanarosa, Regional Coordinator for the Multnomah County Older Adult Behavioral Health Investment Team at Multnomah County-ADVS. Lauren Fontanarosa, MPH, is the Older Adult Behavioral Health Regional Coordinator at Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services. In this role she works across the three metro counties of Portland Oregon to improve systems and service delivery so older adults have greater access to mental health and addiction services.  Prior to joining Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services, Lauren served as the Program Coordinator for SAGE Metro Portland for four years. SAGE Metro Portland enhances the lives of LGBT older adults through advocacy, education and support. She is a certified trainer from the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and has a Master of Public Health from Oregon State University with an emphasis in health education. Prior to her work with SAGE Metro Portland she worked at OSU as a researcher in the field of HIV prevention.
      • Valerie Warden, Clinical Services Specialist  for the Multnomah County Older Adult Behavioral Health Investment Team at Multnomah County-MHASD. Valerie Warden is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (CADCII) and has been working in the field of substance use disorder treatment since 2000.  Valerie has worked in a broad range of treatment modalities in Oregon and Washington and is currently employed with the Multnomah County Older Adult Behavioral Health Investment Team.  Her career has often focused on engaging marginalized clients, in treatment and the recovery process, as a counselor and supervisor.  She is a proponent of person centered care, motivational interviewing, trauma informed care and the transtheoretical model of behavior change.  In January 2017 she completed a Master’s in Psychology, with an emphasis on Addictions Counseling, through Kaplan University.
  • Policy
    • Summary: This workshop will introduce participants on how to engage in the political and legislative process. Participants will learn how an idea becomes law and how they can influence the law making process. They will also learn about the levels of government, which resources they control and where to advocate on issues. Participants will learn how to use share their personal stories with state legislators. The curriculum will include several activities using a mixed method of popular education and traditional teaching styles.  Key Points:
      • Politics is about who controls what resources
      • Politics is about stories and values; Advocacy is about telling stories effectively
      • Power manifests itself in the process of politics. If you understand power and understand your community, you can navigate policy advocacy
      • Understand what motivates a legislator, a Community Health Worker, a person in need of services — what factors are they each considering and where you can align self-interests
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Understand local jurisdiction, the players involved, and which legislators/officials to target
      • Describe the Arc of a Policy (how an idea becomes a law/policy)
      • Participate in and understand an organizing conversation
    • Trainer Biographies:
      • Fiona Yau-Luu is the Policy & Advocacy Coordinator at the Oregon Community Health Workers Association (ORCHWA). Fiona has previously served as a Political Organizer with SEIU, and has a background in electoral politics and community organizing. She is the Vice President of the Board for Oregon Walks and a community member representative on Metro’s Public Engagement Review Committee. Fiona has worked on several progressive campaigns including Barack Obama’s re-election. She also helped to enroll thousands union members and the general public through the Affordable Care Act, and nationally coordinated the civic engagement holiday, National Voter Registration Day.
      • Robin Ye is the Field Organizer at APANO. He is Chinese-American and the only member of his entire family born in the United States. Robin grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and attended high school at the International School of Beaverton (public). Robin is an Organizer by trade, and a policy wonk and political junkie at heart. He recently earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Human Rights (minor) from the University of Chicago. During college, Robin focused his time on civic engagement, social justice work and electoral politics to build political power for progressive causes. He has also interned as a Civics Strategic Planning intern at Chicago Public Schools and as a intern in Senator Jeff Merkley’s office.Since returning to Oregon, Robin has worked as a Political Organizer on the Yes on Measure 97 Campaign corporate tax ballot initiative in Oregon, and was a healthcare union organizer at SEIU Local 49, working statewide to help workers form their unions for better pay and benefits.

10:15-11:45 AM Breakout Sessions 2

  • (En Español/In Spanish) Bridging Parent-Child Conversations on Sexual Health
    • Summary: This workshop will introduce participants to an innovative approach used by Latino Network to support learning opportunities for Latino parents and caregivers around comprehensive sexual health education in the Portland Metro area. We will describe the 3 key elements that supported the success of this project, present an overview of the 2nd edition of “OYE! Opciones y Educación – A Culturally Relevant Sexuality Education Training Manual and Curriculum Guide,” and demonstrate several short activities from the curriculum using a mixed method teaching approach of popular education and traditional teaching styles found throughout the curriculum. We will also discuss the instrumental role of the OYE Facilitators, and ways to bring OYE into the Woodburn, Forest Grove and Hood River communities. Goal: To present an innovative approach to culturally relevant sexual health education and prevention with Latino parents, using the revised 2nd edition of “OYE! Opciones y Educación – A Culturally Relevant Sexuality Education Training Manual and Curriculum Guide”
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Describe the 3 elements of the innovative approach to programming that supported learning opportunities for Latino parents and families around comprehensive sexual health education, and increased parent-child conversations on sexual health.
      • Parallel content between the OYE curriculum and a youth evidence-based curriculum
      • Be able to use a blend of teaching methods (popular education and traditional) to build community, create a safe sharing space, correct misconceptions, and provide specific content
      • Understand how to support Latino parents and families around comprehensive sexual health education
      • Discuss OYE Facilitator Training format and partnership opportunities to incorporate the OYE Curriculum into existing programs and community spaces throughout Woodburn, Forest Grove and Hood River, Oregon
    • Trainer Biographies:
      • Vanessa La Torre, Health and Wellness Coordinator at Latino Network. Vanessa brings 20 years of experience in the field of sexual health education and prevention, focusing her work with communities of color, LGBTQ communities, and homeless youth. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in adolescent development, culturally relevant health promotion programming, designing and delivering staff development trainings, and organizational leadership and mentorship to inspire growth.
      • Veronica Sunderland-Perez, Health and Wellness Program Manager at Latino Network. Veronica brings over 15 years experience in the field of sexual and reproductive health, focusing on outreach, education, program management and evaluation of Latino-specific programs. She has also implemented and evaluated youth sexual health programs in North Carolina, Guatemala and Mexico.
  • Health in Housing: Exploring the Intersection Between Housing and Health Care
    • Summary: When Medicaid-covered residents moved into one of the 145 different affordable housing properties included in the Enterprise/CORE study their healthcare experiences changed dramatically.  Amanda Saul of Enterprise Community Partners will present the findings of the 2016 CORE Report titled “Health in Housing: Exploring the Intersection Between Housing and Health Care” in which CCO data tracked tenants using more primary care, fewer ED visits and accumulating lower medical expenditures than the year before they moved in.  They also self-reported higher quality of and easier access to medical care.  Representatives from two Eugene agencies connecting clients to health through housing will share their successes and challenges including the use of Community Health Workers.  We will then brainstorm ways to connect your clients to housing and health.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Underdstand the Enterprise CORE (Center on Outcomes and Research) report “Health in Housing: Exploring the Intersection Between Housing and Health Care”  (https://www.enterprisecommunity.org/resources/health-housing-exploring-intersection-between-housing-and-health-care-13387#sthash.oB2gliG5.dpuf\) published in February 2016
      • Describe how through CCO data and self-reporting how being housed contributes to health
      • Hear examples of how housing is connecting clients to health in Eugene and other areas of the state, including the use of Community Health Workers
      • Brainstorm ways to help clients connect to health efforts in their housing communities
    • Trainer Biographies:
      • Carrie Copeland, Program Director at Cornerstone Community Housing. Carrie Copeland runs the Programs and Services Department at Cornerstone Community Housing, as affordable housing agency in Lane County.  With wellness-based programming incorporating Traditional Health Workers on site in housing communities, Carrie’s favorite part of her job is aliging with other service providers to reduce barriers to clients and increase their self-defined wellness.  She holds a BS in Environmental Education, and spent her early career in youth development leading teens and staff at Northwest Youth Corps.  She gained knowledge of social service systems working as Agency Relations Coordinator for FOOD for Lane County (Lane County’s food bank) before joining the Cornerstone admin team.  Her definition of wellness is spending time in the mountains with her family.
      • Amanda Saul, Senior Program Director Northwest Market at Enterprise Community Partners. Amanda Saul joined Enterprise Community Partners in 2010 as the Pacific Northwest senior program director. She leads Enterprise’s programmatic work in Oregon by advancing initiatives that improve the livability of low-income residents through preservation, efficient energy and water improvements, organizational sustainability, healthy housing for vulnerable populations and policy leadership.
        For fifteen years prior to coming to Enterprise, Amanda employed her affordable housing finance expertise as development director at a number of non-profit organizations, developing more than 700 units of affordable housing. Amanda brings a range of knowledge about non-profit ownership, management, development and the importance of partnering with government agencies, funders and owners. She holds a B.A. from the University of Washington’s school of International Studies.
      • Dana Petersen, Deputy Administrator at ShelterCare. Dana Petersen began her career over twenty years ago teaching outdoor educations classes to school groups and summer camps at DuBois Center. This fast paced, seat of your pants sort of environment was were Dana found a love for education on topics that she is passionate about. Dana worked in a mental health crisis facility where she found that serving homeless adults with mental illness to be her true calling. Since that time she has strived to teach others about homelessness and what effects it has on a community.
  • Providing Overview of how Oregon is integrating Traditional Health Workers in the health care Workforce
    • Summary: The presentation will address the importance of Traditional Health Workers (THWs) in Oregon. We will discuss the utilization of  THWs which assures delivery of high-quality, culturally competent care which is instrumental in achieving Oregon’s Triple Aim of lower cost, better health and better Care. The presentation will highlight key focal areas for THWs in Oregon including  pursuing strategies to integrate THWs into the CCOs, advancing community engagement opportunities, and developing and implementing ongoing revisions to the THW scope in the context of health system transformation. These targeted areas have resulted in engagement of CCOs to define the role and use of THWs in community settings, and to increase the percentage of CCOs and their providers who employ THWs to the extent needed within a community.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Define the categories and roles of Traditional Health Workers (THWs) in Oregon
      • Understand Oregon’s process of THW certification and registry enrollment
      • Provide an overview of current utilization and integration of THWs and challenges
      • Update on the Scope of practice for Community Health Workers
      • Learn about new state requirements for the THW workforce
      • Understand Medicaid Rules for Prescribing THWs for Preventative Services
    • Trainer Biographies:
      • Abdiasis Mohamed, Traditional Health Worker Program Coordinator at OHA/Office of Equity and Inclusion. Mr. Abdiasis Mohamed, Originally from Somalia moved to Oregon in 2006. He is currently the Program Coordinator for the Traditional health worker Program with Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. With Office of Equity and Inclusion, Mohamed is charged with developing and implementing strategic work plan to support a sustainable and effective traditional Health Worker program, THW workforce, training programs, state run website registry and its integration into Oregon health system transformation within OHA’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. He also oversee the Traditional health worker commission and its subcommittees and ensures that the Commission meets its goals, deliverables and timelines.
      • Decker Lacey, Health Equity Workforce Assistance at OHA/Office of Equity and Inclusion. Ms. Lacey Decker has started with the Oregon health Authorities Office of Equity and Inclusion a year and half ago, in her Role, Ms. Decker, Oversees the application and certifications process and provides overall workforce assistance to the Traditional Health Worker Program.
  • The Warriors of Wellness Model: The Power of a CHW Collaborative
    • Summary: The Warriors of Wellness project (WOW) is a replicable model of 6 culturally-specific community based organizations that employ Community Health Workers who work together with health systems to provide culturally-specific services in community settings to address health disparities and improve health equity. The WOW collaborative will share their experience of designing, building and implementing this project including: 1) The role of popular education in supporting this model, 2) The value of a multicultural collaborative and creating a supportive network of CHWs, 3) CHW administrative and clinical supervision best practices, and 4) The impact of our work in our communities’ health.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Increase understanding of popular education as a tool to design CHW programs lead by CHWs
      • Understand best practices for clinical supervision of CHWs
      • Demonstrate how a collaborative approach can leverage resources and experiences
      • Engage with potential partners who want to join or replicate the model
    • Trainer Biographies:
      • Celia Higueras, WOW program manager at ORCHWA. Raised in Chile, Celia Higueras received her BA in sociology degree from Lewis and Clark College. She has worked with community health workers in Portland, New York City and Santiago on issues ranging from gender violence, to nutrition, to chronic disease control with the elderly. Celia is dedicated to improving health and decreasing disparities using community involvement, culturally competent care and popular education.
      • Flavio Cornejo, Community Health Worker at El Programa Hispano. Flavio Cornejo is originally form Mexico and has worked as a CHW for over 12 years, first as a volunteer and for the last 5 years at El Programa Hispano. As a CHW he has lead chronic disease prevention and management programs with an emphasis on group activities such as Walk with Ease and Living Well. Flavio Cornejo recently started working on a new program where he will be supporting survivors of domestic violence.

12:00-1:00 PM Lunch with CHW Panel

1:15-4:15 – you can choose Oral Health for all 3 hours OR one option in Session 3 and 4 (1.5 hours each)

  • 1:15-4:15 PM Oral Health Training (3 hours) Translation into Spanish will be offered.  This fulfills the requirement for CHW certification and renewal
    • Summary: This session will fulfill the oral health continuing education and certification requirements for the traditional health worker effective October 1, 2017. Using popular training methodology, attendees will gain basic oral health knowledge and navigation for dental services for their clients.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Be able to identify teeth by function and list parts of the tooth
      • Recognize signs of dental decay, periodontal disease and oral cancer and their risk factors
      • Understand the infectious and communicable nature of dental decay and periodontal disease
      • Demonstrate providing oral health education to persons in different stages of life
      • Provide basic dental care navigation for patients needing assistance.
    • Trainer Biographies:
      • Beth Poteet, Capacitation Team Specialist Senior at Community Capacitation Center, Multnomah Health Department. Beth Poteet is the Capacitation Team Coordinator with the Community Capacitation Center, training Community Health Workers since 2010. She has been a community organizer since 2001, working with individuals and faith-based communities on a range of issues including immigrant rights, US economic and foreign policy in Latin America, and state and national anti-poverty initiatives. Beth is a co-founder of the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ) and has served on the boards of several economic justice, racial justice and peace organizations.  Additionally, she is a facilitator of the Conexiones Program, a transformational leadership accompaniment process.  She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Portland State University, has a B.A. in Peace Studies from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, and has served as an adjunct Social Work instructor.
      • Karen Hall, Oral Health Educator at Oregon Oral Health Coalition. Karen Hall received her BS in dental hygiene from OHSU in 1985. Since then, she has practiced in family practices and public health settings. She has been involved in dental hygiene education at OHSU and Pacific University. Since 2007, Karen has utilized her expanded practice dental hygiene permit to provide hygiene care to patients with limited access to dental care in many different settings. She provides oral assessments and preventive care to young children in the Head Start care programs. Additionally, Karen is employed by the Oregon Oral Health Coalition as the oral health educator creating oral health education programs for medical and dental providers, childcare and senior care providers, and others with a stake in the oral health of Oregonians.

1:15-2:45 PM Breakout Sessions 3

  • CHW Supervision
    • Summary: A diverse group of CHW supervisors will participate in this moderated roundtable to discuss their experience in managing CHW programs, best practices for supervision, and lessons learned to support the development of strong supervisory practice in the the CHW field.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Supervisors will share their collective knowledge around managing Community Health Worker programs
      • Understand and describe best practice for CHW staff and program supervision
    • Trainer Biographies:
      • Alise Sanchez, Executive Director at Oregon Community Health Workers Association. Alise Marie Sanchez (Anishinaabe) is the first Executive Director of the Oregon Community Health Workers Association. She was born and raised in Helena, Montana, and is a member of the Little Shell tribe. She relocated to Portland, OR to attend Reed College, graduating in 2008 with a degree in English Literature. Alise has over 10 years of experience in the health and human services field, and has worked extensively in the areas of child welfare, domestic violence, parent education, and early childhood. She is an experienced trainer and facilitator, and believes in the transformative power of Popular Education. She is passionate about developing programs that support community self-determination, and is deeply committed to addressing systemic and institutional oppression at all levels of her work.
  • Community Partnership: Improving Health Outcomes by Linking Community-based Community Health Workers with Health Systems
    • Summary: The Community Partnership Model (CPH) demonstrates a method for linkage between an established Latino-serving Community Based Organization, Familias en Acción (Familias), and a Health System, Kaiser Permanente Northwest. The CPH was developed to initially serve Latinos and serves as an important tool for other identified racial, ethnic and immigrant patient populations. Culturally competent care is central to the CPH. Familias and Kaiser Permanente Northwest recognized that both partners had unique expertise and resources that, when linked together, could enhance patient services to reach and better serve Latinos. The CPH was built with funding from The Collins Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, the Oregon Community Foundation and the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Fund to develop a replicable model for integrating Community Health Workers/Health Navigators. The CPH includes an implementation plan and a payment model that improves health outcomes, is cost effective with clear deliverables and is replicable. The CPH includes templates with a timeline and steps for program implementation including: 1. Organizational Internal Planning, 2. Find and Build the Partnership, 3. Formalize the Partnership, 4. Build an Integrated Team, 5. Contracting and paying for CHW services, and 6. Conduct Program Evaluation. The CPH is a replicable model for partnerships between Community Based Organizations and Health Systems to integrate Community Health Workers/Health Navigators into team based patient care.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Understand the model for developing partnership between Community Based Organization (CBO) and Health System and the use of Pathways as a payment model
      • Learn key skills for integrating Community Health Workers/Health Navigators into patient care teams
      • Develop program evaluation metrics for medical and social needs of patients
    • Trainer Biographies:
      • Bonnie Pickens, Supervisor, Community Health Navigation at Kaiser Permanente. Bonnie has been at Kaiser Permanente since August 2015. She currently works as a supervisor for community health navigators embedded in Kaiser’s Multnomah County clinics. She also works on a model to integrate community health workers as part of the primary care team. Her work is primarily focused on implementing social needs screening tools and building robust community referral pathways. She received her MPH in health management and policy from Portland State in 2015. She also has a background in mental health case management and tobacco prevention for vulnerable populations. She is on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Multnomah County
      • Gail Brownmiller, Executive Director at Familias en Accion. Gail has extensive knowledge and experience from over 25 years leading non-profit organizations. Most recently, she served for 10 years as the Director of Community Programs at Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington.  Gail will work with Familias en Acción to strengthen its foundations and grow the programs in order to better serve the Latino community.  Prior to Komen, Gail served as Executive Director as three non-profit agencies that developed affordable housing for a variety of special populations. They included adults with mental illness, people who were homeless and low-income seniors. She is married, with two grown daughters, and loves living in the Northwest.
      • Adam Merecias, Community Health Worker at Familias en Accion. Adam Merecias works as a Patient Navigator for Familias en Acción. He has worked for a few years in the non-profit sector. Adam worked for Oregon Child Development Coalition as a Family Advocate helping migrant families get connected with social services, health insurance, and educational services in the community. He also worked for Project Access NOW as a Care Coordinator helping the uninsured get connected with care. Adam’s personal and professional paths have helped him learn first-hand the obstacles that we face as Latinos getting access to care and the barriers that we encounter while accessing services. He graduated in 2009 from Portland State University with a BS in Community Health Education.

2:45-4:15 PM PM Breakout Sessions 4

  • Telling is Healing: The Power of Storytelling in Building Highly Resilient Teams
    • Summary: Research from neuroscience is telling us that storytelling is capable of changing our body chemistry in the way we think, act and feel. Effective storytellers use this craft not only to inform, but to influence and inspire us positively or negatively. In the workplace, leaders who have the ability to engage and tell captivating stories, command attention from all their staff. More importantly, they are capable of using storytelling in helping their staff cope with both personal and collective fears, challenges and opportunities. This workshop attempts to shed light on how small teams and team leaders can leverage the power of storytelling in leading, healing and living positive lives.
    • Learning Objectives:
      •  Outline the health benefits of storytelling
      • Introduce the concept of unsung hero storytelling
      • Learn how to organize a story circles and story retreats
    • Trainer Biographies:
      • Gideon For-mukwai, Chief Story Warrior at Story Warrior. Gideon For-mukwai For-mukwai is an award-winning speaker and best selling author The Science of Story Selling. He has presented storytelling and resiliency programs in 20 countries worldwide and 12 U.S. State with organizations such as the Social Security Administration, Shell Eastern Petroleum and Harvard Medical School. Gideon is currently an adjunct instructor and doctoral candidate specializing in transformational education in Portland.
  • Working it as a Peer: Employment and You
    • Summary: In this interactive session, we will share tips and tricks on how to get the job you want in peer delivered services. Information on peer delivered services positions will be shared. We will demonstrate and practice marketing ourselves in a fun exercise. In addition, the facilitators will address common concerns about employment. Resources and handouts will be shared with those in attendance.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Raise awareness of peer delivered service positions
      • Describe different jobs within peer delivered services
      • Understand the training and certification process within peer delivered services
      • Understand the benefits of peer work
      • Understand how to further your careers
      • Learn effective strategies related to gaining employment
      • Know how to draft a cover letter and resume specific to peer jobs
      • Practice networking skills
    • Trainer Biographies:
      • Adrienne Scavera, Mental Health Association of Oregon at MHA of Oregon. Adrienne works with Mental Health Association of Oregon, a peer-run organization in Portland. She values the experience of individuals as the experts of their own lives. In her work, Adrienne brings together her formal education and both professional and lived experience. She appreciates well-organized spaces and friendly animals.
      • Fawn Preston at MHA of Oregon. Fawn is Project Coordinator for the Oregon Peer Delivered Services Coalition and also involved with Oregon Peer Training and Innovation Center. She is a leader in peer support and trains nationally.
        She is also a person in long term recovery. She is a mother of five, singer, artist and devoted friend to many. She loves her job and her recovery. She is a dynamic speaker, inspirational trainer and approachable human being, who shows that recovery is not only possible, it is probable.

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