April 2024

A Message From the MECHWI Advisory Committee

Dear Maine CHWs and Allies, 


Happy Spring!

April is now here and so is the MECHW Summit on April 23rd! We are very excited to share this full day with you. We will have very well-known CHW advocates traveling to Maine to celebrate with us as well as Dr. Va from the Maine CDC. Please see the agenda below for a full list of events.

-MECHW Initiative Advisory Commitee

Strategic Plan Updates

MECHWI advisors and staff have created 3 committees to advance the work in the initiative's general strategic plan. Committees have invited new members into the committees who have shown interest in those areas. See below for the updates on the exciting work that is being done!

The committees have launched!

Interested participants that signed up for a committee have receive an email with meeting details and will start the important work on behalf of the Initiative.

Workforce Development Committee (WDC)

The committee has been diving deep into the objectives of CHW certification, resource sharing, as well as building a CHW Tool Kit. Please see the website for some of these updates. The WDC meets every other Friday, next meeting April 12th.

Policy/Advocacy Committee (PAC)

The Policy & Advocacy Committee (PAC) welcomed 8 new members, who joined the group in February. The PAC meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 12:45-1:30pm. The Advisers and members have contributed to creating a charter which outlines the purpose, processes, and goals of the PAC. The PAC is now working to develop an action plan to advance its strategic objectives, which include:

Develop recommendations for infrastructure that supports and sustains the CHW profession, identify key partners, allies and contributors and identify 3-5 advocacy objectives for 2025-2026.

Communications/Outreach Committee 

This committee meets monthly and is currently working on identifying member's strengths and social media platforms that can benefit the communications of MECHWI. They completed their first objective of finalizing the Maine CHW definition, which has been shared with the state.

If you are interested in joining a committee, email Bridgette Gemelli, Capacity Building Coordinator at bgemelli@mcd.org.

Stay Connected/Announcements

CHW Annual Summit


Lisa Renée Holderby-Fox

Director of CHW Leadership Development at the Center for Community Health Alignment (CCHA) and Co-Director of the Envision Training and Technical Assistance Center

Lisa Renee is a proud member of the CHW workforce with over 30 years of experience. She’s spent the past 25 years working to ensure CHWs are valued and respected members of the public health workforce. Her passions include nurturing CHW leadership and policy development to support the workforce. Lisa Renee is a co-founder of several CHW organizations including the National Association of Community Health Workers, the New England CHW Coalition and the Southeast CHW Network.

Summit Exhibitors
View Summit Agenda

CHW Peer Support Group

The CHW Peer Support Group Meets Monthly!

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

The next group meeting is April 18th at 12:00- 1:30

1-1:30pm will be a guest speaker.

Heather Washburn- Strengthen ME

This is a peer group for CHWs ONLY, to:

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

Become a National Association CHW Ambassador: OPEN CALL 2024

Deadline: May 15th, 2024

  • Embrace diversity and inclusion by representing your community, regardless of background or language.
  • Immigrant applicants and bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply!
  • Together, let's empower voices and advocate for equitable health access.
  • Apply now and be the catalyst for positive change in your state!
Learn more 
Apply here

CHW Job Postings

MECHWI Website

CHW Employer Opportunity

Become a CHW Apprenticeship Site!

As an employer, you can partner with MCD Global Health to help grow the community and public health workforce in Maine.

As a registered CHW apprenticeship site in Maine, you'll have many benefits, including:

• All apprentice training costs covered.

• Full access to comprehensive training resources.

• Employee mentorships.

• An upskilled workforce.

• Expanded and improved services to populations.

For more information, contact Apprenticeship Coordinator, Makara Pollard at mpollard@mcd.org

Learn more


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: No meeting in April

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

Self-Care Tip

Incorporate Music into Your Wellness Routine

  • Learn/ practice an instrument
  • Listen to music during physical movement/ exercise
  • Listen to music while completing mundane tasks and chores
  • Use music to identify and accept emotions
  • Use music to inspire delight
Read more

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. 

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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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