A Northeast Texas CHW Coalition Invitation

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The Northeast Texas Community Health Worker Coalition invites your attendance at the following presentation.

Guest Speaker        

Rosalia Guerrero-Luera

Program Manager
Texas Public Health Training Center
Community Health Worker Training Program
University of Texas School of Public Health
Houston, TX  77030

** Ms. Guerrero-Luera is appointed to the DSHS CHW Advisory Committee **



“Workforce Solutions & Employment Opportunities for Community Health Workers: A Report to the CHW Program Advisory Committee of the Texas Department of State Health Services”



July 14, 2017

2:00 PM



Tyler Junior College – West Campus

1530 W SW Loop 323



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Northeast Texas Community Health Worker Coalition Invitation

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“Building Bridges for Better Community Health” – A Northeast Texas CHW Coalition Conference

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Click this LINK to access the 2017 CHW Coalition Conference Flyer.

Program Information

Multiple hours of DSHS certified and non-certified CEU hours will be available for CHW and CHWI participants who attend and complete the presented programming.  Social Worker CEUs (provided by TJC) will also be available. This event is scheduled on July 14, 2017 at Tyler Junior College West Campus located at 1530 South Southwest Loop 323,  in Tyler, TX 75709.

Keynote Presentations include …

The CHW and Public Health:  The UT Health Northeast Experience with Jeffrey Levin, MD

Creating and Maintaining Healthy Worksite Environments  – Terrence Ates & John Ragland

CHW Self – Care: Focusing on You While Giving Back to the Community – LaShonda Malrey-Horne

With Breakout Presentations …

Community Health Workers: Understanding your role in planning on the health care team – Carol Henson

Leadership … Do You Have What it Takes … Yes, You Do! – Kim Bush

Texas Department of State Health Services Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Project – Alisa Spieckerman / Nancy Eichner

Don’t Flip Flop Around! Take Care of Your Feet – Ardis Reed

Helping Clients Self-Manage Chronic Disease – Marcus Wade

Understanding HIV/AIDS For Community Health Workers  – Tasha Whitaker

Diabetes, Depression and Syndemic Suffering among  African American Patients – Pamela Fox

Virtual Dementia Tour – Stephanie Taylor

A Community Health Worker’s Guide to Texercise Classic  – Jeanie Gallegly

Tobacco Danger – Lana Herriman

5 Things to Know about Brain Injury – Kristy Easley

 Workforce Solutions & Employment Opportunities for Community Health Workers: A Report to the CHW Program Advisory Committee of the Texas Department of State Health Services – Rosalia Guerrero-Luera

Hereditary Cancer: What is it and what Can We Do About it? – Megan E. McKenna


Why should I attend?

Networking opportunities

Price of event versus Value received

DSHS Certified CHW and CHWI CEUs for re-certification

Community resources





Event sponsorships are encouraged and welcome! Please contact Christie Cofer for more information at 903-877-8938  or at email christie.cofer@uthct.edu.

Charges and Payment Information

There is a $25 Early Bird Registration Fee – Payment must be made before July 8. Late and on site registration fee is $30.

Payment methods for this conference include personal or organizational check, cash, credit or debit card. Details on these methods are provided during the registration process.

This event has a no refund policy. Transfers (another person attends in your place) are allowed.

Need information or have a question – please contact Christie Cofer at 903-877-8938 or christie.cofer@uthct.edu

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    The following objectives will be presented and discussed: identify a historical milestone in public health; discuss the burden of adverse health factors and outcomes in the Northeast Texas Region; understand the experience of UT Health Northeast in CHW training including barriers and successes; and review the direction UT Health Northeast is taking in public health education.

    After the lesson, the learner will be able to describe key components of communication, apply active listening skills, describe the OARS method for enhancing communication, develop objectives that are specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic & time-anchored (SMART), and identify a person’s readiness for change according to the Stages of Change Model.

    Participant will learn about the focus and eligibility requirements of the two home visiting models implemented in Anderson, Cherokee, and Smith Counties. Participant will understand the impact of home visiting services on the health of pregnant women and families with infants and young children. Participant will have Texas Home Visiting information and tools to share with and refer eligible families.

    This presentation will explore mental health, define the Healthy People 2020 mental health objectives, identify the Importance of mental health, categorize protective and risk factors of mental health, and discuss emerging issues in mental health and mental disorders

    The objectives for this presentation are to: describe the goals of the Workforce Solutions & Employment Opportunities sub-committee of the CHW Advisory Committee, summarize U.S. labor statistics related to CHWs, list key points of sub-committee research activities related to CHW reimbursement opportunities, and summarize key points of sub-committee’s evaluation and recommendations related to CHW workforce financing options

    Participants will learn: the use of appropriate language when addressing or referring to patients and/or their significant others, how to identify and challenge any internalized discriminatory beliefs about LGBTQ people, basic familiarity with important LGBTQ health issues (e.g., impacts of homophobia, discrimination, harassment, and violence; mental health and depression; substance abuse; safe sex; partner violence; HIV/STDs).

    During this presentation attendees will learn more about the blood glucose dysregulating condition of type 2 diabetes, the mental/behavioral health/mood disorder of depression, the biopsychosocial-cultural and spiritual impacts of syndemic suffering within the African American community, the intersectionality of race, gender and class vis-a-vis syndemic suffering within the African American community, resiliency and optimism within the African American community, about the relevancy and the significance of social work to empower the African American community.

    The presenter will define a care plan (the road map). Help you understand what is patient centered care (the shortest path). Describe the role of the CHW on the health care team in developing an effective patient-centered care plan (rider, driver, or navigator). Identify the multidisciplinary provider team including supportive professionals, such as social workers, dieticians or physical therapists. Understand patient outcomes (destination).

    This presentation will increase the CHW knowledge of the Texercise Classic program, provide tips on how to organize a successful program including promotion and marketing, tell how to effectively build capacity of a Texercise Classic Program, effectively motivate participants, and how to coordinate resources for participants.

    It takes a village to help identify individuals appropriate for testing. It often takes a strong advocate for health to help patients get testing from their providers. Having an awareness and general knowledge base of the who and why of hereditary cancer can help CHWs advocate for the best care and most appropriate appointments. Covered will be the iImportance of cancer family history and family risk vs hereditary risk; common questions about genetic testing; and hereditary cancer syndromes basic overview, who and why do we test.

    Presentation will include a exploration of leadership basics, discuss the significance of leadership, identify the characteristics of leadership, and also define the elements of leadership development

    Presentation will explain what is HTN and describe the basics, highlight East Texas stats, discuss county rankings, provide examples of evidence based practices, demonstrate the placement of a blood pressure cuff and the process, describe the DSHS home blood pressure projects and CHW involvement, share CHW survey results, share DSHS developed materials, will provide other states outcomes, and give a brief example of the national YMCA SMBP.

    Presentation will increase CHW awareness of brain injury related issues in order to apply to future interaction and to increase local support and advocacy for brain injury survivors in Northeast Texas. Attendees will be able to define acquired vs traumatic brain injury, list 5 fundamental truths about brain injuries, apply information to future interactions with brain injury survivors and caregivers.

    Presentation will discuss how to recognize & report elder abuse. Participants will discuss Adult Protective Services Community Collaborations for positive outcomes. The video SafeGuarding our Seniors will be screened. There will be discussion on case scenarios that Adult Protective Services caseworkers encounter.

    Explain how CHWs can assist their respective work site to strengthen their work site wellness program by the definition of the categories that comprise ‘wellness’ describe how each category is applicable to employers and to their employees, and to relate successful implementation strategies that have been performed by local companies of different sizes

    This presentation will explain what HIV and AIDS are to a community member, explain how HIV affects the body, list three ways that HIV is passed from person to person, describe the recommendation for getting tested for HIV, list at least four behaviors that increase the risk for getting HIV, and describe ways a person can prevent HIV from spreading.

    Presentation will define ethics, identify sources of ethical standards, discuss the framework for ethical decision making, and practice the art of making ethical decisions.

    Presentation will discuss how diabetes can damage the foot, list steps for proper daily foot care, identify four areas for a proper fitting shoe, and explain how the Medicare Therapeutic Shoes for People with Diabetes program works.

    Presentation will increase CHW knowledge about the difference between normal and abnormal gait patterns, increase knowledge and ability to identify an abnormal gait pattern; identify individual risk factors for falling; increase knowledge of interpersonal skills in discussing fall risks with patients; increase knowledge of appropriate referral protocol.

    This presentation provides knowledge of historical and newly identified effects of tobacco exposure and utilization to include the relative effects involving chronic diseases. It identifies the reduction of harm associated with the cessation of tobacco utilization. It also identifies chronic issues in relation to cessation of tobacco utilization.

    Participants will experience the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face and use the experience to have an increase knowledge of dementia and provide better care for persons living with dementia in the community. Participants will be able to identify behaviors and needs of those living with dementia, as well as identify challenges associated with care-giving. Participants will increase their knowledge of community resources available to persons living with dementia and their families.

    By the end of the presentation: CHWs will be able to identify three ways to practice self-care; CHWs will be able to recognize the risk factors associated with burn-out; CHWs will be able to identify mental illnesses connected to burn-out.

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Virtual Dementia Tour

Virtual Dementia Tour – Sign Up Today!

A simulation designed to learn more about the day-to-day challenges of living with dementia.


Times available are from 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm.


A virtual dementia tour is a unique, hands-on simulation to learn firsthand the day-to-day challenges of living with dementia.

The tour is ideal for:

  • family caregivers, friends, and neighbors of those living with dementia
  • medical and health care professionals
  • churches, social organizations, and community groups
  • local businesses with clients and customers living with dementia


During the tour, you will be outfitted with clothing and accessories designed to simulate the experience of a person with dementia. You will be assigned a set of simple tasks such as folding clothes, setting the table, or counting change while being observed by the trained facilitators. After the tour, you have the opportunity to meet with Alliance staff to learn more about your experience and find resources on how you can support a person living with dementia!

The total experience takes approximately 30 minutes.


To Reserve your time, click here or call 903-509-8323


Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse in Rural Communities


The Rural Health Information Hub will be hosting a free webinar.

Title: Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse in Rural Communities
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern

The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) and NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis will introduce a new Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Toolkit designed to help rural communities plan, implement, and sustain substance abuse services. Developed by NORC on behalf of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), the toolkit identifies model programs and resources that will benefit rural communities seeking to implement substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. A key focus area of the toolkit is to provide best practices for implementing prevention programs and increasing access to treatment and support services in rural communities. This webinar will feature two examples of successful programs funded by FORHP, including lessons learned.

This webinar features three presentations:

Tricia Stauffer, MPH, Principal Research Analyst at the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, will introduce the Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Toolkit.
Lisa Macon Harrison, MPH, Health Director at Granville Vance Public Health will present on Project VIBRANT (Vance Initiates Bringing Resources and Naloxone Training), which purchased naloxone kits and provided training to healthcare providers, law enforcement, and other community members on how to recognize and respond to opioid overdose.
Freddie Jaquez, MA, Executive Director of San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center will present on San Luis Valley N.E.E.D. (Naloxone; Education; Empowerment; Distribution), which worked with community partners to organize a six-county-wide program in Colorado to provide training on recognizing symptoms of opioid overdose and administering naloxone in the case of overdose.


The Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Toolkit will be released prior to the webinar.

About the Rural Health Information Hub
The Rural Health Information Hub is a free, federally funded resource that provides information to help build quality health services in rural America. RHIhub is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

If you have questions, please contact Cathy Westerhausen at cathy@ruralhealthinfo.org or 701.777.0584.

Public Health Foundation May 2017 Webinars

The Public Health Foundation (http://www.phf.org) is hosting a number of webinars during the month of May


Moving from Assessment to Action in Community Health Improvement Monday, May 1, 2017 from 3-4pm EDT http://www.phf.org/events/Pages/Moving_from_Assessment_to_Action_in_Community_Health_Improvement.aspx

(Sorry for the last minute notice on this one! The archive of the webinar should be available from this same webpage later this week if today’s time for the live event is not convenient.)


University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health: Establishing a Progressive New AHD Partnership (Academic Health Department Learning Community Meeting) Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 2-3pm EDT http://www.phf.org/events/Pages/AHD_Learning_Community_Meeting_2017May.aspx


Virtual Town Hall Meeting: Exploring Competencies for the Emerging Field of Legal Epidemiology Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 2-3:30pm EDT http://www.phf.org/events/Pages/Virtual_Town_Hall_Meeting_Legal_Epidemiology_Competency_Model.aspx


Changes to CPH Certification Program ,

Friday, May 26, 2017, from 2-3pm ET




Aging Insight 101

The 5 BIG Mistakes … & How to Avoid Them

Presentation by John Ross – Elder Law Attorney

Presentation is for everyone, but especially working and retired senior adults and adult children who have limited but can come during the lunch hour, have a FREE Meal and learn very valuable information about issues that touch us all.

Please click on this LINK for more information.

Reservations are required – RSVP to sford@rossandshoalmire.com or 903-561-5653.


SS Number Removal Initiative

April 20, 2017

To:  RHC Community and Friends

From:  Bill Finerfrock

Re:  April 25th 2:00pm EASTERN RHC TA call

Here is a link to the slides that will be used during tomorrow’s RHC TA call on shifting from the current Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) to the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI).

SS Number Removal Initiative

Due to limitations beyond our control, it is possible that some individual wishing to watch this webinar live on-line will be unable to get through.  If this happens, you can still listen to the presentation and follow along on slides that you will be able to download from the link above.

Here is the call-in information:

Conference number: 1-888-220-3091

Passcode: 6463064


As always, there is no charge to participate in this webinar and you do not need to register in advance.  If you feel there are others who could benefit from receiving this information, please feel free to share.

If you are unable to listen/participate live, a recording of the session, a transcript and copies of the speaker slides will be available for download at a later date.

Addressing the Issues with Diabetes Medications

About the Event and Presenter

Niki Carver, PharmD, CPPS 
Pharmacy Director

Arkansas Continued Care Hospital

Join this webinar to learn about the various issues with diabetes medications. Niki Carver, PharmD, CPPS will describe some potential medication use problems and how to avoid these problems. She will also discuss potential causes of poor medication adherence and how to address these issues. In addition, participants will leave the event with the knowledge of how to use various medication assistance websites and programs.

Dr. Carver is also a pharmacy consultant for TMF and has worked on projects relating to adverse drug events and readmissions in the hospital setting since 2005. Her other areas of expertise include hospital regulations, quality improvement and medication safety initiatives.

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