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2024 7th Annual Making Connections Conference and Retreat

July 18th and 19th Grand Rapids, Michigan

What is your PASSION?

This year we are focusing on the PASSION of a CHW and sharing not only your stories and experiences, but your WHY.

AGENDA

  • 4:00pm – 8:00pm Meet and Greet upon Hotel Check-in/Arrival

8am – 9am                  Breakfast and Welcome

9am – 10am               Theory of Change (Tammy Johnson from Empowering the Masses)

10:00am – 10:30 am Round Tables

  • The ROI of Professional Development (Katie Appold/Inform USA)
  • Mental Health Training w/ CHWs (Sandy Anderson/University of North Texas)
  • Theory of Change (Tammy Johnson/Empowering the Masses)

10:30 am – 11:00am   Round Tables

  • The ROI of Professional Development (Katie Appold/Inform USA)
  • Mental Health Training w/ CHWs (Sandy Anderson/University of North Texas)
  • Theory of Change (Tammy Johnson/Empowering the Masses)

11:00am – 12:00pm   Women’s Health Partnership (Zahara Shafie Khorassani, Brittany Dudley, and Tracy Liichow – MDHHS)

12:00pm – 1:00pm      Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm      Empowering Communities: The Intersection of Community Health Workers, Medicaid, and Financial Sustainability (Shannon Lijewski – Everyday Life Consulting)

2:00pm – 2:30pm        Round Tables

  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings: Addressing the Needs of Special Populations (Sara Galik – MDHHS)
  • WISEWOMAN: Tailored Health Coaching for Effective Lifestyle Interventions (Brittany Dudley – MDHHS)
  • Empowering Communities: The Intersection of Community Health Workers, Medicaid, and Financial Sustainability (Shannon Lijewski – Everyday Life Consulting)

2:30pm – 3:00pm        Round Tables

  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings: Addressing the Needs of Special Populations
  • WISEWOMAN: Tailored Health Coaching for Effective Lifestyle Interventions (Brittany Dudley – MDHHS)
  • Empowering Communities: The Intersection of Community Health Workers, Medicaid, and Financial Sustainability (Shannon Lijewski – Everyday Life Consulting)

3:00pm – 4:00pm      Taking Yourself Off the Back Burner: Recognizing Self-Care as a Requirement for CHWs (Carmen Blanco, CCHW, MSc)

4:00pm – 6:00pm        Meet and Mingle event

8am – 8:30am             Breakfast and Welcome

8:30am – 9:30am       Embracing the Culture in Michigan’s Rural Upper Peninsula (Audrey Searles)

9:30am – 10:30am     Access to Care from Rural Areas (Jess Ames from Angel Flight)

10:30am – 11:00am    Round Tables

  • Strategies on Approaching the phrase, Behavioral Health (Laura Silva/CoxHealth)
  • How 211 Can Help you in your Work (211)
  • Access to Care from Rural Areas (Jess Ames from Angel Flight)

11:00am – 11:30am Round Tables

  • Strategies on Approaching the phrase, Behavioral Health (Laura Silva/CoxHealth)
  • How 211 Can Help you in your Work (211)
  • Access to Care from Rural Areas (Jess Ames from Angel Flight)

11:30am – 12:30pm    Lunch

12:30pm – 1:30pm    The ARC Program (Danny Martinez from Salvation Army)

1:30pm – 2:30pm      CHW Story

2:30pm – 3pm                         Thank You and Farewell

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For all conference-related questions, email our Creator of Opportunities, Rebecca Albaugh, rebecca@rchwn.org.