January 2024

A Message From the MECHWI Advisory Committee

Dear Maine CHWs and Allies, 


Happy New Year! With the new year here, there are all kinds of NEW things happening with the Initiative. Read more below to see how you can participate.

May this New Year bring us all great accomplishments,

-MECHW Initiative Advisory Commitee

Strategic Plan Updates


MECHWI advisors and staff have diligently created committees to advance the work in the initiative's general strategic plan. Committee meetings dates will be sent out the end of January, and we invite CHWs and CHW allies to join any area of interest.

Workforce Development Committee

 Strategic Goals: 

  • Grow and foster a competent community health workforce in Maine. 
  • Provide CHWs with regular and varied opportunities to interact, share information, and support one another.

 Committee FY24 Objectives

  1. Design a certification system for CHWs (may work directly with Policy Committee)
  2. Develop a master community resource guide, sorted by location.
  3. Develop a toolkit to help CHWs perform their job, including materials, goal setting, and action planning.


Policy/Advocacy Committee

Strategic Goals: 

  • Advocate and collaboratively partner for the systems and structures that support and strengthen the Community Health Worker role and profession.

Committee FY2024 Objectives 

  1. Design a certification system for CHWs.
  2. Identify 3-5 priority advocacy objectives for 2024-2026 that support the CHW workforce.
  3. Add 5 organizational advocacy partners/allies.


Communications/Outreach Committee  

Strategic Goals:

  • Improve the awareness and understanding of the role of Community Health Workers in achieving better health and well-being.

Committee FY2024 Objectives 

  1. Increase awareness of Community Health Workers to health care, public health, social service, and community-based organizations.
  2. Design and implement education and promotion initiatives to increase awareness, beliefs, and attitudes among priority communities.

If you are still interested in joining one of these committees, sign up below.

Committee Sign-Up 

Stay Connected/Announcements

MECHWI Website Launches CHW Directory!

With the assistance of UMaine students, we have added an enhanced CHW Directory feature to our MECHWI website.

The map shows where CHWs are employed across the state and will help us highlight the growing CHW representation across the state!

If your organization employs CHWs please go to the website and register your org.

View the CHW Directory 

Second Annual

2024 CHW Summit

Please Save the Date of April 23rd, 2024, to attend the MECHWI Summit at the Augusta Civic Center!

There will be opportunities to:

  • Early register
  • Submit presentation abstracts.
  • Exhibit table
  • Nominate a CHW/Ally or supervisor for an award.

Registration and nomination information coming soon!

CHW Peer Support Group

The CHW Peer Support Group Started in November!

Virtual meetings will be held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 12:00pm.

The next group meeting is Jan. 18th at 12:00pm.

This is a peer group for CHWs ONLY, to:

  • Provide Support to each other.
  • Address Barriers
  • Share Resources
  • Discuss Concerns

2024 MCD Trainings!

MCD Global Health has released its 2024 training calendar dates for CHW Core Competency and CHW Supervision trainings.

Download the calendar below to view dates and information on how to reserve a seat in one of the trainings.

For questions, please contact Program Manager, Cristina Leal at CHWinfo@mcd.org

Download Training Calendar

Tele-Behavioral Health Program

Partnerships for Health will present the Year One findings from the 2023 School Tele-Behavioral Health Pilot. 

The findings and ensuing discussion will focus largely on the role of the Community Health Worker (CHW), and how their presence in the participating schools allowed for the success of the project.

MECHWI Monthly Meeting

MECHWI meets monthly. We share strategic updates, participants can network with other CHWs, and learn from community programs and resources. All are welcome!

Next Monthly Meeting:

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024 from 1:30-3:00pm

Presentations: Breast & Cervical Program & CHW Winter Safety

You must register for this meeting monthly at info@mechw.org

Nov. Meeting Recording

Still Available!

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Covid Tests

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the new round of test shipments as the holiday season begins — a time when public health experts typically expect cases of Covid, flu, colds and respiratory syncytial virus to surge.

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Self-Care Tip

Self-Care Tip

What Are the Post-Holiday Blues?

It's not uncommon to feel sad after the holidays—but know when to seek help.

Helpful Tips

What is self-care? Self-care means taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical, health, and mental health. When it comes to your mental health, self-care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy. Even small acts of self-care in your daily life can have a big impact. 

Contact Us

Bridgette Gemelli

CHW Capacity Building Program Coordinator


Axels Samuntu

CHW Outreach & Training Program Coordinator


For more information, contact us at: info@mechw.org

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