Febuary 2024

A Message From the MECHWI Advisory Committee

Dear Maine CHWs and Allies, 


It's February already and we have accomplished so much! Please read on and see what great work your committees are doing, register early for the April CHW Summit, review a call for CHW's expertise and learn healthy tips for Heart Health Month!

This is also Kindness Month; besides all the great work you do each day for others, remember to show kindness to yourself.

-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 launch this month!

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

1st Objective: Form a dedicated team of members (allies, employers and CHWs) who will represent the Initiative workforce.

Policy/Advocacy Committee

1st Objective: Formulate strategic plan of policies/advocacy for the year.

Communications/Outreach Committee 

1st Objective: Complete the CHW definition for the state of Maine.

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

Stay Connected/Announcements

CHWs Leading the Way to Sustainability

Community Health Worker sustainability refers to the ability of CHW programs to continue providing effective services over the long term. Sustainability includes funding, organizational support, integration into healthcare systems, and ongoing community engagement.

As CHWs, your dedication and passion have been instrumental in improving health outcomes and fostering community empowerment. Now, it's time to take our efforts to the next level by ensuring the sustainability of CHW programs and work.

By participating in CHW sustainability efforts, you'll have the chance to

advocate for Ourselves and Our Communities:

  • Stand up for the recognition and support that CHWs deserve within healthcare systems and policymaking circles.
  • Advocate for sustainable funding and resources to ensure the longevity of CHW programs and services.

Ways to participate: Join one of our work committees above and stay connected to us for upcoming opportunities.

Read below for an upcoming opportunity.

Call for Community Health Workers to serve as Maine Care Consultants

Purpose: Maine Care is seeking Community Health Worker (CHW) consultants who will inform how CHWs are incorporated within Primary Care Plus (PCPlus) program.

PC Plus encourages primary care practices to incorporate CHWs into care teams to improve the health of their patients. The model aims to improve healthcare quality while also reducing costs. CHW consultants will be part of the engagement process to determine how best to incorporate CHWs into PC Plus reimbursement. 

Eligibility: MaineCare is seeking individuals to serve as consultants that meet the following criteria:

• The individual must work in a paid or volunteer CHW position (see definition, roles, and competencies) or have 2 years of prior experience working in a CHW position.

• Permission of their supervisor/organization to serve as a consultant during work hours and/or flexibility to serve as a consultant during non-work hours.

Consultants will be compensated for their time.

Learn More and Apply:

To be considered for the consultant opportunity, please complete an application.

For a full description of the consultant role, please contact Ben Hummel at benjamin.hummel@maine.gov.

CHW Consultant Application 

Primary Care Plus (PCPlus) and CHW Overview Webinar​

MaineCare, in collaboration with Maine Center for Disease Control, is hosting a webinar focusing on the collaboration between PCPlus practices and Community Health Workers (CHWs) or Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) employing CHWs.

When: February 26, 2024 

Time: 12PM-2PM 

To register: Click here link below or e-mail: PCP-Network-Services.DHHS@maine.gov  

Webinar Information

Upcoming Lunch & Learn

Register Here

Second Annual

2024 CHW Summit


  • Early Registration Discount for CHWs ends March 1st!
  • Exhibit table opportunities still open.
  • Nominate a CHW, Ally or supervisor for an Excellence Award

Please register by using the link below.

Register for CHW Summit
Submit Nomination for Excellence Award

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 Feb. 15th at 12:00pm.

This is a peer group for CHWs ONLY, to:

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

Spring Cohort Training Starting Soon!

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

CHW Job Postings

Full-time position in Hancock County.

More Information

Full-time position in Cumberland County, serving Portland's Spanish speaking community.

More Information

Medical Outreach Case Manager in Portland, ME at MaineHealth.

More info Here

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, February 27th, 2024, from 1:30-3:00pm

Presentations: Gabrielle LeClerc, MPH

Cardiovascular Coordinator at the Maine CDC in the Division of Disease Prevention

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

Self-Care Tip

Self-Care Tip

Heart Health means so much more than eating right and exercising. Your stress plays a big role in your health. Please see the link below that provides more information on stress and how it effects your heart health.

Read more here

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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