Community Health Worker Program

Bridging Community and Systems for Better Health and Well-Being

Community Health Worker Integration into Primary Care Advanced Medical Homes

Community Health Worker (CHW) services and programs are crucial in helping Advanced Medical Homes improve chronic disease self-management and health outcomes, enhance the patient experience, reduce emergency room utilization and hospital readmissions, as well as impact health equity and overall healthcare costs.

View the videos below to hear directly from Community Health Workers and healthcare providers working in NC about the important role that CHWs play in improving individual and community health.  



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The NC AHEC Community Health Worker (CHW) Program supports the development of a qualified and sustainable CHW workforce well equipped to advance health equity. While NC AHEC serves as an anchor partner in the NC CHW Initiative, the NC DHHS Office of Rural Health serves as the lead agency. For more information about our work, contact Cathryn Chandler at cathryn.chandler@mahec.net.

NC AHEC Practice Support is available in partnership with NC DHHS Division of Health Benefits. Practice Support coaches are able to support primary care practices interested in adding CHWs to their teams or optimizing existing CHW programs. This service is available at no charge to your practice. Visit the NC AHEC’s Practice Support webpage for more information, or contact us via email at practicesupport@ncahec.net to seek assistance.


CHW Workforce Training & Support

NC CORE COMPETENCY TRAINING

This training is offered through the NC Community College System and is required for CHW Certification in North Carolina. Learn more by visiting https://ncchwa.org/en/resources#scct.

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CHW SPECIALTY TRAINING

NC AHEC, as an anchor partner in the NC CHW Initiative, is committed to ensuring that Community Health Workers have access to ongoing training and professional development resources.  As a vital workforce for advancing health equity, it is important that CHWs are able to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skills for providing all North Carolinians with the opportunity for health and wellness.  Through funding provided by the NC DHHS Department of Health Benefits (Medicaid), NC AHEC has worked with other key stakeholders, including CHWs and CHW supervisors, to develop standards for CHW Specialty training, identify key training topics, and develop a series of online modules specifically geared towards preparing CHWs to partner with primary care practices as part of the new Medicaid Managed Care network.   

Each module provides continuing education credit recognized by the NC CHW Association for the purposes of maintaining certification.  Some modules stand alone in terms of the topic covered while others can be combined to deepen CHW knowledge and skills on a particular topic.  Each module has been co-developed with CHWs to ensure the focus of learning and style of education reflects CHW culture and real-life scenarios.  This module is divided into sections focusing on an overview of NC Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care, the role of CHWs in Medicaid Managed Care, and the role of CHWs in client advocacy.   

CHW Integration into Advanced Medical Homes:
NC AHEC is developing self-paced online specialty training programs to prepare CHWs and practices for CHW integration into primary care as part of Medicaid Managed Care. Training programs will be released in English and Spanish on a rolling basis beginning February 2022. This service is also supplemented with Practice Support coaches with expertise in CHW optimization within your practice or Advanced Medical Home. Click on the links embedded in the training program titles below to learn more and to register.

ENGLISH
Working with Aging Population
REACH OUT AND READ
Integrated Care for Kids
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Cultural Responsiveness
Social Determinants of Health
Chronic Disease – Prediabetes and Diabetes
Well Child Care & Immunization
Perinatal Prenatal and Postpartum
Client Interviewing
A Practical Look at Health Coaching Conversations
Introduction to Healthy Opportunities Pilots for CHWs
Introduction to Care Management for High-Risk Pregnancies (CMHRP)
Introduction to Care Management for At-Risk Children (CMARC)
Adolescent Health
ADHD (Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder)
Chronic Disease Prevention and Intervention
Chronic Disease Medication Adherence
Documentation in Client Record
Motivational Interviewing Conversations: Clients with Common Health Conditions
Working with Special Populations: LGBTQ
Care Management for CHWs
Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Community Health Workers
Introduction to Health and Wellness Coaching for Community Health Workers
Resource Coordination
Behavioral Health Conditions:  Depression and Anxiety
Working with Clients with Behavioral Health Conditions
Overview of Medicaid Managed Care

SPANISH
Trabajando con Poblaciones Específicas: LGBTQ
Documentación en el Registro del Cliente
Administración de Cuidados para Promotores de Salud
Trabajando con Clientes con Condiciones de Salud Conductual
Enfermedad Crónica: Adherencia a los Medicamentos
TDAH (Trastorno por Déficit de Atención e Hiperactividad)
Condiciones de Salud Conductual: Depresión y Ansiedad
Introducción a el entrenamiento de salud y bienestar para Promotores de Salud
Salud Adolescente
Coordinación de Recursos
Introducción a la entrevista motivacional para Promotores de Salud
Conversaciones de entrevista motivacional: Clientes con Condiciones Médicas Comunes
Visión Conjunta de Administración de Medicaid
Determinantes Sociales de la Salud

These training programs are being developed with support from the NC DHHS Division of Health Benefits and will be made available free of charge.

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MONTHLY CHW PEER LEARNING COLLABORATIVES

This ECHO-based series brings CHWs from across the state together to support shared learning. The series is co-hosted by CHWs with topics selected through input from participants. Sessions are held monthly every third Thursday at noon. Live English-Spanish interpretation is provided.


Resources for Effective CHW Integration

NEW! CHW INTEGRATION WEBINAR SERIES
This series of webinars seeks to build awareness and understanding in a wide audience across the state about Community Health Workers (CHW) and CHW program models that can inform and benefit CHW integration strategies and activities in NC. There is a lot of strong and impactful CHW integration work going on in NC and across the country.  As a state, we are in the early phases of spreading and scaling CHW integration. It is important that we learn from those who have been leading this work to ensure that NC’s CHW integration approaches are the most impactful, equitable, and authentic (grounded in CHW culture).  Click on the title below to access a recording of the webinar.

Community Health Workers – A Vital Member of the Healthcare Team – Part 1 (Passcode: 3o2L.4c4)

Community Health Workers –  A Vital Member of the Healthcare Team – Part 2:
ENGLISH VERSION
SPANISH VERSION

An Introduction to Community Health Workers (CHWs) in North Carolina (passcode: 62%x3rJX)

CHW INTEGRATION & OPTIMIZATION TOOL
This tool is an evidence-informed comprehensive resource that includes a gap analysis, implementation resources, and a project management plan for integrating new or optimizing existing CHW programs in Advanced Medical Home settings. NC AHEC Practice Support coaches are able to assist you with the use of this tool as part of your CHW optimization efforts. For more information, please contact practicesupport@ncahec.net.

The Toolkit was developed with support from the NC DHHS Division of Health Benefits, NC AHEC, and the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation.

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ECHO FOR CHW INTEGRATION INTO ADVANCED MEDICAL HOMES
Two 8-session ECHO series will be offered in 2022 to Advanced Medical Homes (AMH) interested in preparing for, optimizing, and/or implementing CHW services and programs. This series is offered in conjunction with 1:1 support from an NC AHEC Practice Support coach as needed by the practice or AMH.

These ECHO series will be offered with support from the NC DHHS Division of Health Benefits and will be made available free of charge.

NC AHEC Intranet Repository

The content sections within this depository include:

  • System Resources
  • Internal Communications
  • Brand Assets
  • AHEC Learning Academy (ALA) and Staff Trainings
  • eLearning Resources
  • CPD Resources

Each section includes an introduction that provides context and guidance on how to engage with the content provided.

If you have questions or feedback on any area of this repository, please submit your comment or inquiry using this form. This survey is monitored on a weekly basis and responses will be routed to the appropriate Program Office personnel. 

System Resources

These statewide NC AHEC System Resources can be accessed by NC AHEC staff for insight and clarity on certain system-wide processes, strategies, and resources. They may be especially useful to new employees.

If you have any questions about this area, please contact Lisi Martinez Lotz, Director of Planning and Innovation at lisi_lotz@ncahec.net

AHEC overview

Group Charters

The objective of these Group Charters is to share clear guidelines, outline roles, and have consistency across the groups led by the Program Office.

Internal Communications

Effective January 2024, NC AHEC staff must opt-in to receive internal communications from the Program Office. Please subscribe to our mailing list using this form.

If you already receive our AHEC Bulletin newsletter and AHEC Learning Academy announcements, you do not need to resubscribe. If you’re not sure, please attempt to subscribe to our mailing list, and your subscription will be confirmed.

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AHEC Bulletins

The AHEC Bulletin is a quarterly email digest delivered to NC AHEC staff members as part of an effort to improve communication surrounding statewide work across our system. This archive contains links to bulletins beginning in December 2020 to our most recent issue.

Please send a message to Caroline Orth at caroline_orth@ncahec.net with feedback, questions, or to request updates on a particular topic or project in our next bulletin.

State of AHEC recordings

Brand Assets

This growing section organizes statewide NC AHEC brand assets—including logos, PowerPoint presentation templates, AHEC maps, and more—into accessible download links for use when designing material collateral or preparing presentations on behalf of the NC AHEC Program. 

If you have any questions about how to use an asset or need assistance, please contact Caroline Orth, Program Office Communications Manager, at caroline_orth@ncahec.net.

Logos and templates

AHEC Learning Academy (ALA) and Staff Trainings

This section features recordings and materials from past AHEC Learning Academy and staff training sessions created and delivered for NC AHEC staff.

For questions regarding our AHEC Learning Academy and staff training resources, please contact Nevin Fouts, Statewide eLearning Coordinator, at nevin_fouts@ncahec.net.  

Other Staff Training Opportunities

CPD Resources

These Continuing Professional Development (CPD) resources house information that may be helpful for Regional CPD staff. The CPD Policy subsection contains resources related to the CPD policy workflow for reducing duplication of efforts among statewide programming. The CPD Office Hours subsection contains recordings of office hour sessions that were designed for any CPD staff across the Regional AHECs.  

Please send a message to Caroline Collier at caroline_collier@ncahec.net with feedback, questions, or to request additional information.

CPD POLICY MATERIALS

CPD OFFICE HOUR RECORDINGS

 

Webinars

Updated May 3, 2023 at 3:16 p.m.

Reoccurring Webinar Series

Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Training

Live CI/CT trainings are offered on topics including but not limited to updated COVID-19 guidance, CCTO tool updates and enhancements, common HelpDesk issues, as well as special topics such as vaccines, equity, and resource referrals. These trainings are always recorded and a live Q&A is held at the end of the session. Below you will find the most recent training, as well as a link to access an archive of all the CI/CT training materials.

April 27, 2023 | Spanish Language & Communication Equity: Recording and Slides

April 25, 2023 | CCTO Updates: Recording and Slides

Click here to access a full archive of all CI/CT training material.


CCTO Views Training

Reporting Training for CCTO Administrators: Recording and Slides


NC DHHS COVID-19 Vaccine Webinars

Join the Zoom meeting room on your computer, or dial-in at (646) 558-8656 using webinar ID 131 899 801.

Join State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Tilson and other leadership from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) for an update on new vaccines, status of distribution (including allocation, provider enrollment, and prioritization), communications resources, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS). Speakers will respond to questions during a Q&A session.

January 18, 2022 | NC DHHS COVID-19 Response Updates: Recording, Slides and Transcript

Access an archive of materials for this webinar series here.


How to Approach Isolation and Quarantine Challenges within Confinement Facilities

Along with providing a review of CDC Guidelines on Isolation and Quarantine, local correctional professionals will provide real world approaches to daily challenges faced within detention centers in a question-and-answer format. We want to highlight creative solutions that have been implemented despite uncontrollable factors such as limited space and staff.

April 19, 2022: Slides


Becoming a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider: We Need YOU!      

The goal of this training is to inform primary care practices about the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program and show how to enroll in North Carolina’s COVID-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS). CVMS is a secure, cloud-based vaccine management solution for COVID-19 that enables vaccine management and data sharing across providers, hospitals, agencies, and local, state, and federal governments on one common platform.      

Agenda

  • Welcome and What to Expect Today
  • Current Status of Vaccinations in NC
  • CVMS Overview 
  • Provider Enrollment and Onboarding Overview
  • What to Expect Next

May 18th, 2021: Recording and Slides


Archived Webinars


COVID-19 Update for Long Term Care Settings

NC DHHS brought back this webinar for a few sessions in December and January in order to discuss LTC Vaccination and Infection Prevention Best Practices.  NC DHHS has a weekly written briefing on COVID-19 activity related to long-term care settings. 

September 2, 2021: Recording and Slide Deck

Access a full archive of materials for this webinar series here.

NC DHHS and NC AHEC Guidance for Dental Professionals

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) and NC AHEC hosted webinars offering guidance to dental professionals.

January 6, 2020 | Webinar on COVID-19 Vaccine and Distribution Plan: Recording, Slide Deck and Transcript

Access a full archive of materials for this webinar series here.


NC Medicaid, CCNC, and NC AHEC Health Care Professionals Webinar Series

August 13, 2020: Recording, Slide Deck and Transcript

Featuring subject-matter experts from NC Medicaid, CCNC, and NC AHEC, this webinar series addressed Medicaid policies including new options for telephonic and telehealth delivery of care for Medicaid beneficiaries, provided a one-stop location gathering the latest information from NC DHHS, and delivered practice support coaching to help practices implement new clinical workflows in response to the changing demands of COVID-19.

CCNC and NC AHEC Resources

Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) and NC AHEC are working together to support providers by providing general information on COVID-19 and specific guidelines including coding suggestions for healthcare providers serving Medicaid beneficiaries. Visit our partnership webpage for additional resources.


Friday Office Hours for Providers

December 18, 2020: Recording, Slides and Transcript

Access a full archive of materials for this webinar series here.

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As part of the State’s continuing efforts to ensure providers have the information they need, Dr. Betsey Tilson, State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Zack Moore, State Epidemiologist, provided brief updates on the State’s COVID-19 response and responded to questions.


AHEC Webinar Series for North Carolina’s Oral Health Workforce

To support oral health professionals in North Carolina as they return to work, these six webinars will provide information on re-opening and operating in the midst of COVID-19. The series is designed to allow just-in-time input from participants and oral health leaders from across the state. Participants may pick and choose any combination of events.

View all previously recorded webinars in the series.


NC DHHS and NC AHEC COVID-19 Testing Overview: Updates on Testing Modalities, Guidance and Resources

Access the recording, slide deck and transcript from June 15, 2020.

NC DHHS and NC AHEC hosted a one-time webinar to lend an overview of COVID-19 testing. Speakers included Sec. Mandy Cohen, Dr. Betsey Tilson, Dr. Shannon Dowler, Dr. Cardra Burns, Scott Shone and Jay Ludlam.


NC DHHS and NC AHEC Weekly Business Forum

Access the recording, slide deck, and transcript from May 20, 2020.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health (DPH) and NC AHEC held weekly forums for the NC business community. The forums enabled members of the business community to obtain timely information on COVID-19 and to pose questions directly to public health subject matter experts.


NC AHEC and the Office of Rural Health (ORH) Telehealth Webinar Series

View a flyer for the April 20, 2020 webinar.

The Office of Rural Health (ORH) and NC AHEC co-sponsored a weekly webinar series to address the role of virtual visits in responding to COVID-19. The webinars enabled providers to pose questions directly to telehealth subject matter experts.

Access a full archive of materials for this webinar series here.