July 9, 2021

Community Health Worker (CHW) Internship and Training Program: Participating Organizations Selected!

GCACH is excited to announce the participating organizations in the first cohort for the Community Health Worker (CHW) Internship and Training Program: 

  • Blue Mountain Health Cooperative
  • Kadlec Medical Group
  • Kittitas County Health Network
  • Lourdes Hospital, LLC
  • Three Rivers Therapy, LLC
  • Tri-Cities Community Health
  • Triumph Treatment Services
  • Yakima Neighborhood Health Services
  • Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

The purpose of the CHW Internship and Training Program is to increase care coordination in the region by supporting organizations, through financial support and training, to employ Community Health Workers. While the role of the CHW can vary, they are often seen as the frontline public health workers who are trusted members that have a unique understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the workers to serve as a liaison between health and social services, and the community. 

CHWs play a vital role in bridging gaps in care and GCACH recognizes the impact these individuals have on not only improving health outcomes, but strengthening the overall healthcare delivery system.  

To ensure the CHWs in our program have the tools and resources they need to be successful in their position, GCACH is hosting a series of Learning Collaboratives in September and October that include trauma informed care interviewing, motivational interviewing, and mental health first aid training. 

In our mission to empower CHWs in the region, we are extending these trainings for FREE to any CHWs who would like to participate and take advantage of these Learning Collaboratives. If you or someone you know may be interested in attending, please contact Diane Halo at dhalo@gcach.org

Below are the trainings we have currently scheduled:

  • Trauma Informed Care Interviewing
    Thursday, September 23rd from 9am-1pm 
    Virtual meeting, Zoom
  • Motivational Interviewing 
    Friday, September 24, 2021 from 9am-1pm 
    Virtual meeting, Zoom 
  • Mental Health First Aid
    Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 9am-4pm
    In-Person meeting, Kennewick, Washington (Limited Seating)