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    DHMH Announces Membership of Workgroup for Workforce Development for Community Health Workers


    Baltimore, Maryland (September 19, 2014) -- Today the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Maryland Insurance Administration announced members of the newly formed Workgroup for Workforce Development for Community Health Workers (Workgroup). The Workgroup is in response to legislation requiring the State to study and make recommendations regarding workforce development for community health workers in Maryland.


    Community health workers—also known as community health advocates, lay health educators, community health representatives, peer health promoters, community health outreach workers, and in Spanish, promotores de salud—are community members who work in the community settings as connectors between health care consumers and providers to promote health among groups that have traditionally lacked access to adequate health care.


    The purpose of the Workgroup is to make recommendations regarding:


    1)      Training and credentialing required for community health workers (CHWs) to be certified as nonclinical health care providers.


    2)      Reimbursement and payment policies for community health workers through the Maryland Medicaid Assistance Program and private insurers.


    The Workgroup will report its findings and recommendations to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the House Health and Government Operations Committee by June of 2015.


    Following an open call for membership in July, the following representatives have been selected to serve on the workgroup:


    Deborah Agus                                                 Mar-Lynn Mickens

    Pamela Bohrer Brown                                     Dwyan Y. Monroe

    Kim Burton                                                     Sonia Mora

    Perry Chan                                                      Bettye Muwwakkil

    Elizabeth Chung                                             Ruth Ann Norton

    Dr. Kimberly M. Coleman                              Rosalie Pack

    Jennifer Dahl                                                   Marcos Pesquera

    Ashyrra C. Dotson                                          Maxine Reed-Vance

    Wendy Friar                                                    Kate Scott

    Dr. Chris Gibbons                                           Michael Rogers

    Rev. Debra Hickman                                      Dr. Maura Rossman

     Dr. Cheryl L. Holt                                         Laura Spada

    Beth Little-Terry                                             Dr. Yvette Snowden

    Dr. Michelle LaRue                                        Novella Tascoe

    Ann Horton                                                     Richard K. Tharp

    Terri Hughes                                                   Lesley Wallace

    Ruth Lucas                                                      Lori Werrell

    Susan L. Markley                                            Lisa Widmaier

    Dr. Pat McLaine                                             Joe Winn


    Six Workgroup meetings are scheduled bi-monthly on the following dates. Meetings will be held in the lobby level conferences rooms at DHMH’s 201 West Preston Street location in Baltimore City. All meetings are expected to be from10:00 AM to 2:00 PM unless otherwise decided by the workgroup after the first meeting.


    Meeting 1: September 22, 2014; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Meeting 2: October 6, 2014

    Meeting 3: October 20, 2014

    Meeting 4: November 14, 2014

    Meeting 5: December 1, 2014

    Meeting 6: December 12, 2014


    For meeting summaries and more information about the workgroup meetings and membership, visit the CHW Workgroup web page: