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Growing, Developing and Sustaining the Community Health Worker (CHW) Workforce

March 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT

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Attend this Webinar to learn more about the developing Community Health Worker (CHW) workforce in South Dakota. An update will also be offered for North Dakota, including current CHW programs and available resources.

According to the American Public Health Association, 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 worker 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.

South Dakota has had Community Health Representatives (CHRs) working across the nine tribes of South Dakota for over 50 years, but has not had any CHWs  working in South Dakota until just a few years ago. South Dakota is just one of a handful of states to have Medicaid reimbursement for CHW services. This reimbursement, along with funding from the South Dakota Department of Health, has allowed the CHW workforce to quickly grow and develop across South Dakota.

March 28, 2023 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CT

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As a result of attending today’s training, attendees will be better able to:

  1. Recall the definition and scope of work of a Community Health Worker.
  2. Understand a basic overview of Medicaid reimbursement for CHWs in South Dakota.Ben Tiensvold
  3. Discover how CHWs can assist providers, care team members, and community-based organizations in helping patients/clients overcome barriers to their health.

Speaker: Ben Tiensvold
Community Outreach Coordinator
Community Health Worker Collaborative of South Dakota (CHWSD)

Tiensvold has served as the lead contact for the CHWSD since its inception in January 2020. He has led the CHWSD through significant growth over the first two years, in part due to the CDC Health Disparities Grant funding the SD Department of Health received in June of 2021. Ben is passionate about the CHW profession and works to be an ally for all CHWs. Ben previously worked with the SD Department of Health in 2015 and 2016 on Community Health Worker-related introductory projects. Ben has a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication Studies and Public Relations from Southwest Minnesota State University and is currently pursuing his Master of Public Health degree from New Mexico State University.

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For more information, visit the Community Health Worker Collaborative of South Dakota Web site.


March 28
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
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