Community Health Worker Symposium Attracts over 120 from Across Kansas

On June 8th, 123 Community Health Workers (CHWs), Promotoras(es) de Salud (PdS), academicians, healthcare partners, state agencies, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders attended the second Kansas Community Health Worker Symposium at the Wichita State University Rhatigan Student Center. CEI partnered in hosting the event along with a growing number of foundations and state partners that are recognizing the importance of CHWs in the future of healthcare. Funding for the conference was made possible by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Sunflower Health Plan, Humana, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Sunflower Foundation, LiveWell Finney County Health Coalition, and REACH Healthcare Foundation.

The conference began with a welcome from Ryan Lester, Director of the Bureau of Health Promotion at KDHE. Ryan highlighted KDHE’s ongoing interest and commitment to Kansas CHWs.

Kenneth Maes, PhD Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the School of Language, Culture, and Society at Oregon State University served as the keynote, highlighting his work from across the world examining the growth of CHWs in various countries and healthcare systems. Participants attended World Café Round Table Sessions on three topics of their choice. Ten breakout sessions offered participants additional details on various aspects of CHWs. Details of these presentations are available upon your request. For more information please contact Alissa Rankin (316) 570-1516 or alissa.rankin@wichita.edu.