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Are you interested in getting more involved? Consider joining a subcommittee! ORCHWA seeks members to serve on various sub-committees. Sub-committee members work with the Board of Directors and staff to achieve various objectives. Read below for more information.

If you are interested in serving on one of the sub-committees, contact Edna Nyamu.

You can also visit our Staff and Board section to find your local region CHW representative to learn more about what is going on near you!


Membership & Communication

Objective: To ensure effective communications for the association members, staff, partners, policy makers, advocates, visitors and the community at large.

Vision: Ensure “Everyone knows who we are, what we do, and where we are heading as an association.”

Core Responsibilities:

  • Timely announcements
  • Ensure information related to ORCHWA is accessible to both organization and general public
  • Awareness of who we are as an association via web, Google groups, email and social media
  • Timely reporting of happenings around ORCHWA
  • Provide guidelines on communication

Tasks: 

  • Assess the effectiveness of ORCHWA communications at all levels
  • Develop recommendations and support regarding communications needs and tools of ORCHWA
  • Implement recommendations set forth by the Communications Committee via ORCHWA committee co-chairs and staff
  • Maintain an inventory of all communications tools available and how they work, who they reach, what they say, and key contacts
  • Not responsible for writing articles, maintaining website, publishing press releases, etc

Required Skills:

  • Understand different kinds of communication processes and how to use the various media available
  • Understanding of the public relations process; how the public media (newspapers, newsletters, editorial pages, social media, TV and radio) work and how to effectively work with that community
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the various committees

Education & Training

Objective: To advocate for effective, accessible, and culturally appropriate training and educational opportunities that promote CHWs’ professional growth and development both as individuals and as a workforce.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Meet at least monthly to further the work set out in the committee work plan
  • Make decisions and recommendations regarding education and capacity building to be implemented via ORCHWA committee co-chairs and staff

Tasks:

  • Assure that CHWs statewide are aware of opportunities for professional and personal development
  • Provide training to members in order to build capacity for CHWs to actively engage in advocacy and policy making regarding the profession and its integration into Oregon’s health and human service systems

Required Skills:

  • Familiarity with the roles, skills and qualities of CHWs based on personal experience and/or study of CHW literature
  • Experience participating in CHW training, either as a trainee and/or facilitator
  • Familiarity with popular education and/or adult learning
  • Familiarity with and/or connections to the needs and wishes of CHW employers regarding CHW training
  • Familiarity with and/or connections to institutions of higher education, including community colleges and universities

Policy & Advocacy

Objective: To strengthen the CHW workforce through advocacy, policy development, and political education of ORCHWA’s membership.

Vision: The policy committee will take the lead on advancing ORCHWA’s policy priorities.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Meet with elected and non-elected decision makers
  • Recruit policy point person from each county/CCO region
  • Maintain CHW awareness of policy and legislative outreach events via presentations, workshops and webinars

Tasks:

  • Participate in ORCHWA’s speakers bureau
  • Maintain calendar of legislative events and community meetings
  • Prepare/support members to share their stories, expertise and experiences
  • Set up meetings with elected and non-elected decision makers
  • Assess political education needs of membership
  • Develop and implement political education campaign for ORCHWA members
  • Work collaboratively with communications committee to develop educational materials for policy makers
  • Organize lobby day, legislative presentations, etc

Required Skills:

  • Experience or keen interest in policy and advocacy
  • Public speaking
  • Community organization and mobilization

 

 

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