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  • CHWs Build Awareness of CORI Consequences on the Board of Certification

    MACHW continues to work with the Board of Certification of CHWs at the Division of Health Professions Licensure at M-DPH to communicate about the adverse effects of requiring a criminal background check (CORI) as part of the application for certification.


    With the financial support of a unanimous donor, MACHW was able to send two CHWs to 2016 Unity Conference, Atlanta, GA. Rainelle Walker-White from the Harvard Medical School's Mobile Family Van (left), and Jaime Berberena from the City of New Bedford Health Department's Southeastern Health Initiative for Transformation (right) Rainelle and Jamie are both new members of MACHW’s Advisory Board. Stay tuned for their perspectives and sharing of resources.

  • Advocating for ACOs to include CHWs as Part of their Interventions

    MACHW partners with the Clinical-Community Linkages CoP in MassHealth Health recommendations and remaining model development. MACHW’s earlier participation in 3 MassHealth workgroups acknowledged a fantastic platform to educate MassHealth leadership and workgroup members about CHW best practices. MassHealth has explicitly included CHWs as part of their flexible spending options for ACOs.

  • Working Tirelessly on Behalf of the Estimated 3000 plus CHWs in MA

    In 2014, MACHW merged with the Center for Health Impact (CHI), formerly Central Mass AHEC, in order to ensure sustainability and increase efficiency.

  • CHWs: We Need You!

    We thank you for your continued encouragement and support in helping us through this transition. We are ecstatic about the momentum the field is gaining nationally and certain that with your help will flourish in ways yet unimagined!

Who Are CHW's

“A Community Health Worker (CHW) is 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 CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.” -- APHA definition  LEARN MORE

Board of Certification


The Board of Certification of Community Health Workers continues to meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Division of Health Professions Licensure, 239 Causeway St, Boston (near North Station T stop) in Conference Rooms 417 A&B. The meeting dates for 2016 are posted on the Board's website. The agenda for subsequent meetings will be posted one week prior to the meeting. The Board of Certification meetings are open to the public. MACHW members are welcome to attend.  You may click below on the 'Onepager' button for a quick summary of the latest updates.

Board of Certification Latest Updates

MACHW's Mission Statement

To strengthen the professional identity of community health workers (CHWs), foster leadership among CHWs,

and promote the integration of CHWs into the health care, public health and human service workforce.

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