We are a network of Community Health Workers (CHWs) that work toward growth and unification of CHWs in Whatcom County by:
- Supporting Community Health Workers
- Helping organizations better serve our communities
- Engaging in advocacy
Community Health Workers are defined in Washington State as:
“… a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.”
Titles could include:
- Community Health Representatives
- Faith Community Nurses
- Peer Counselors
- Resource Navigators
- Family Liaisons
- Community Connectors
- Community Health Advocates
- Care Coordinators
- Case Managers, and others.
All are considered CHWs if their role meets the definition.
Meetings are open to all. General meetings are held on the 4th Friday of the month and are rotated among the Network members.
Our Next CHW Network Monthly meeting will be held:
- We are on summer hiatus (2021)! We hold our meetings over Zoom on the 4th Friday of the month from 9-11 a.m. Please email us to be added to the invite list!
To join our list and get updates for upcoming meetings and events, email WhatcomCHWNetwork@outlook.com.
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***Guests who wish to make a presentation to the group must seek approval from the Coordinating Committee to be added to the agenda. Please email WhatcomCHWNetwork@outlook.com for more information.
To see past meeting minutes and our newsletters, please click here.
Housing Panel meeting recording.
Mental Health Panel meeting recording.
All self-identified CHWs are welcome to attend meetings, join the Network Contact List to receive information about meetings and other Network communications, vote on organizational action and coordinating committee members. Dues are currently not a part of membership.
Allies (supervisors, managers, interested community members, etc.) may also attend meetings and request to be on the Network Contact List.
Leadership Structure and Decision-Making
The Whatcom CHW Network has a Coordinating Committee (CC), which is a committee of service to, not power over the Network. No decisions are made solely by the CC, without input from or criteria set by the larger group.
Statement on Black Lives Matter June 8, 2020
Additional Resource Materials
Click titles below to access a downloadable version.
CHW Network Coordinating Committee Charter
2016 CHW Task Force Report to the WA State Legislature