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Friday, February 17 • 10:15am - 11:30am
Funding and Integrating Community Health Workers through Medicaid

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Community health workers can improve health, reduce costs, and address health disparities. Yet, many CHW programs lack sustainable funding. Join this workshop to learn state strategies for funding and integrating CHWs in Medicaid and how advocates can get involved.

Moderators
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Ellen Albritton

Families USA

Speakers
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Charlie Alfero

Southwest Center for Health Innovation
Mr. Alfero is the Executive Director of the Southwest Center for Health Innovation and the | founder of HMS, a Community Health Center providing primary medical, dental, mental health, family support, community development, and health policy services in southwestern New Mexico. He has over 38 years of experience in rural health policy, systems, and program development. Throughout his career, he has been Director of Rural Outreach for the... Read More →
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Abby Charles

Institute for Public Health Innovation
Abby Charles is a Senior Program Manager at the Institute for Public Health Innovation, providing leadership and coordination for Community Health Worker Initiatives, managing a network of peer Community Health Workers and a portfolio of programs that address cross- jurisdictional policy making and information sharing, program refinement, implementation, and evaluation. Ms. Charles leads a team that has set IPHI apart as one of the DC, MD and VA... Read More →
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Gail Hirsch

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Gail Hirsch, M.Ed., is Co-Director of the Office of Community Health Workers at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she has coordinated state public health efforts to support CHWs for over 20 years. She is a leader in CHW policy and organizing efforts in Massachusetts and nationally, and has served as an advisor to other states, federal agencies and regional and national organizations on CHW workforce development, including... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:30am
Columbia Foyer Ballroom level