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9th Annual ORCHWA Conference: Unity in Uncertainty

The Conference was virtual--from 9am - 2pm on August 26 & 27, 2021--and featured our keynote speaker Roberto Dansie!

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Diversity, Empowerment and Resiliency, the three guiding stars of Community Health Workers.

Roberto Dansie is a clinical psychologist, Toltec Tribal member, published author, public speaker, and cultural diversity expert. Drawing on his experience to bridge the gap in culturally appropriate communication, he uses his unique, inspirational style to keep participants laughing, clapping, engaged, entertained, empowered, and uplifted.

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Speakers and sessions

A full listing of speakers and sessions is available here.

Event Description

ORCHWA’s Annual Conference is a signature event that brings together CHWs, CHW supervisory staff, health systems, community-based organizations, other traditional health workers, and CHW allies to discuss current issues impacting the CHW workforce. This event creates opportunities for continued learning and professional development, while promoting the impactful and amazing role CHWs play in public health, health systems and the broader community.

We will come together to share how we have learned to adapt to a changing landscape and implement new ways of sharing information to meet the needs of CHWs and the communities they serve. The events of 2020 further highlighted existing inequities and the power of CHWs to creatively support community resilience. This conference, Unity in Uncertainty, will intentionally address the importance of a unified and sustainable workforce.


Funds raised from event sponsorship support the provision of high quality nationally renowned speakers, create scholarships for Annual Conference attendees, contribute to ORCHWA's scholarship fund to enable professional development opportunities CHWs if cost is a barrier to training, and to support the general operating of and advancing ORCHWA's mission.

ORCHWA is a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax deductible. Tax ID #46-4952693

Major Sponsors and Supporters


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