Community Health Workers and Peer Support Workers in Homelessness and Health Services

Friday, June 23, 2017: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Burnham (Grand Hyatt Washington)
Community health workers (CHW) and peer support workers (PSW) deliver essential services and support to people who are homeless. Both roles engage individuals in care; assist them to access medical resources and insurance; educate them about their health conditions; and connect them to other community resources, such as housing. This workshop introduces participants to the similarities and differences between these roles and details their roles and responsibilities, recommends hiring and supervising practices, and presents strategies to integrate and support CHWs and PSW in HCH settings. This workshop will include presentations, examples from a range of work settings and discussion.
Rodney A Dawkins (NCAB Chair, Heartland Health Outreach)
Erin Hantke, MPH (Associate Director, Refugee and Community Health Programs, Heartland Health Outreach, Inc.)
Julia Dobbins, MSW (Project Manager, National Health Care for the Homeless Council)
Steven Samra, MPA (Deputy Director, SAMHSA BRSS TACS, Center for Social Innovation)
Cheryl Gagne, ScD (Senior Associate, Center for Social Innovation)
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