Community Health Workers Hold 4th Annual Symposium

On June 11, 123 Community Health Workers (CHWs), Promotoras(es) de Salud (PdS), academicians, healthcare partners, a variety of state agencies, non-profit organizations, and other key stakeholders convened for the fourth annual Kansas Community Health Worker Symposium at Wichita State University. Funding for this event was possible through Health ICT, Community Health Council of Wyandotte County, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, REACH Healthcare Foundation, and Sunflower Health Plan.

The conference began at 9:00 am with a warm welcome from the Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition Symposium Committee Co-Chairs, Beth Nech Bertha Mendoza. Participants were able to attend breakout sessions covering a range of topics including motivational interviewing and CHWs role in reducing the spread of HIV, among others. The opening plenary was provided by Kolloh Nimley of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment who shared about the value of CHWs. The afternoon plenary featured a panel presentation focusing on how CHWs touch lives, promote equity, and transform communities. The panel presenters included Veronica Pacheco (PdS for the University of Kansas), Sylvia Villatoro (PdS in Finney County and patient perspective), Dr. Tami Gurley-Calvez (Associate Professor for University of Kansas), and Dennis Dunmyer (Chief Wellness Officer for Kansas City CARE Health Center). At the end of the day, participants provided valuable insight on how the Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition can better engage CHWs.

Please hold the date for the 2020 event, which will be on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Wichita State University. For more information, please visit or contact Alissa Rankin at alissa.rankin@wichita.edu.