March 2024

A Message From the MECHWI Advisory Committee

Dear Maine CHWs and Allies, 


Happy March to you all! Spring is right around the corner.

Please read on and see what great work the committees are doing, register for the April CHW Summit, check out the presenters for the next MECHWI meeting and so much more!

March National Nutrition Month! CHWs are connectors, ensuring neighbors are informed about community food resources and linked to essential resources, including SNAP benefits and health insurance guidance. Beyond nutrition, CHWs provide comprehensive health and wellness support, educating on chronic disease management. The market represents a holistic approach to addressing social determinants of health, with CHWs leading community education. Your local food banks and cupboards are a great resource for local fresh produce.

-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

Members reviewed work plan, charter and norms. As part of future meetings, Committee members will develop an action plan.  

Policy/Advocacy Committee

Opened to new members at the end of February. During recent meetings, members reviewed the Committee charter, compiled a list of their skills and areas of expertise, and discussed what objectives and activities the Committee will focus on. As part of future meetings, Committee members will develop an action plan.  

Communications/Outreach Committee 

Members reviewed and revised the final draft of the Maine CHW definition that will be submitted to the state. The definition had been previously created by MECHWI advisors and proposed to the MECHWI members at large earlier this year. Committee members will develop a further action plan.  

If you are interested in joining a committee, email Bridgette Gemelli, Capacity Building Coordinator at

Stay Connected/Announcements


TB Conversations: Casting Call for Educational Video Project!

MaineHealth/MMC is looking for actors/actresses to portray two women in a conversation about clinical experiences with tuberculosis (TB) testing and preventive treatment. The actresses will be recorded in a two-part video (two actresses, scenes will be 10 min total). Actresses will be asked to memorize the scripts and will receive compensation at $30/hr of studio time. Actresses should be fluent in the video recorded language and conversational in English.

These videos aim to increase understanding about tuberculosis prevention including TB screening and latent TB among patients and community members. TB is a stigmatized illness in many communities and culturally relevant, language concordant, accurate patient information is lacking. The videos will be recorded in English and in the four most common languages among new Mainers in 2024 (Portuguese, Lingala, French) and will be disseminated in a variety of outlets including before or after clinical visits, through patient portals, and via community health workers and community-based organizations serving the target populations.

For more information, contact:

Marin Johnson, Director of Prevention Programs, MaineHealth


Second Annual

2024 CHW Summit


Nominate a CHW, Ally or supervisor for an Excellence Award

Please register by using the link below, spaces are limited.

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 March 21st at 12:00pm.

This is a peer group for CHWs ONLY, to:

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

Upcoming CHW Supervision Training

MCD Global Health, will deliver a two-day, in-person training that increases the capacity of CHW Supervisors to effectively support CHWs on their team. 

The training focuses on key topics identified and prioritized by CHW Supervisors. It will help CHW supervisors understand and practice supportive and collaborative supervision skills to set up CHW teams for success. Participants will learn and apply practical tools useful in a variety of settings with an opportunity to practice skills through real-life case studies.

Training Details:

WHO: New, current, and future CHW supervisors in Maine who have not received training in this topic in the last year.

WHEN: Monday, April 15 & Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

WHERE: MCD's Office Classroom

ADDRESS: 105 Second Street, Hallowell, ME 04347

COST: MCD’s HRSA Community Health Worker Training Program (CHWTP) covers all fees for this training. Lunch will be provided.

For questions, please contact Program Manager, Cristina Leal at

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Training Agenda

CHW Job Postings

Full-time position in Hancock County.

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Full-time position in Presque Isle.

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Hometown Health

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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, March 26th, 2024, from 1:30-3:00pm

Presentations: Kevin Lawracy from Cologuard & Martha LeFebvre from Good Shephard FB

You must register for this meeting monthly at

Self-Care Tip

Chocolate Lovers!

Researchers say eating dark chocolate can change your brain wave frequency, providing benefits in memory improvement and stress reduction. It’s well-known to most people with a sweet tooth that dark chocolate can be a healthier indulgence. The sweet treat is packed with fiber and antioxidants, which help prevent cell damage from free radicals.

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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

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