MACHW is the statewide professional organization for community health workers (CHWs) from all disciplines. A community health worker is a public health professional who promotes full and equal access to necessary health and social services by applying his or her unique understanding of the experiences, language and culture of the communities he or she serves. MACHW was founded in March 2000 to enable CHWs to lead the movement to organize, define and strengthen the profession of community health work. Learn more about CHWs.


CHW's Board of Certification Has Begun Its Work

The Board of Certification of Community Health Workers held its first meeting on Tuesday July 19, 2012.  The next meeting will be held on November 6 at  the Division of Health Professions Licensure, 239 Causeway St., Boston in conference Rooms A & B from 9:00 - 1:00 PM. The meeting agenda will be posted on the Board’s website one week prior to the meeting. It is open to the public. MACHW members are welcome to attend. 


Sixth Annual Meeting a Wonderful Success 

“Raising Our Voices for Change” was the theme of MACHW’s sixth annual meeting held on Thursday, September 27th at the Hoagland Pincus Conference Center in Shrewsbury, MA.  At the meeting, which attracted community health workers (CHWs), policy advocates, CHW allies and supporters and many others affiliated with the community health field, Ezekial Lopes of the Boston Publich Health Commission's Homeless Services Department was honored with the Esther M. Holderby Award.

The award recognizes a dedicated, mid-career community health worker with more than five years of experience, who has overcome personal adversity to promote health in his or her community. In addition to promoting community health, recipients advocate for funding or needed services. 

Established in 2006, the award commemorates the late Esther M. Holderby, a 25-year, four-time cancer survivor and, most importantly, a dedicated CHW.  Until her passing in July 2005, Ms. Holderby continued to educate women and men on the importance of early breast cancer detection. She also educated policy makers and advocated for increased funding for early detection services and CHW programs. 

MACHW congratulates Gov. Deval Patrick, our Community Health Worker Champion Award recipient, and Francisca Guevara on her Community Health Worker Leadership Award.  The event was also a success partly because of our funders, supporters and contributors. We list and thank them for their support here


MACHW Hosted the First New England Regional CHW Summit

Community health workers and stakeholders from all six New England states participated in the first New England Regional Community Health Worker Summit. Fifty attendees participated in the Summit including individual CHWs, CHW associations, state and local health departments, funders, payers and CHW trainers among others. This was the first gathering of its kind in New England.

The two-day summit provided opportunities to learn about CHW initiatives in New England and nationally. Participants strategized methods to remain connected, including the creation of a New England CHW Coalition. The Summit was hosted by MACHW and supported in part by HHS Region 1, Office of Minority Health.

For additional information or to become involved in the Coalition, please contact Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox at lrfox@machw.org or 508.756.6676 x23.


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