Movement for Certification of Community Health Workers – Major Milestone!

On January 2016, The Board of Certification of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Massachusetts approved the draft regulations for certification of this critical workforce. Since passage of the bill creating certification several years ago to our advocacy work today, we have been proud to partner with our friends at the MA Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW) and many others across the state to advocate for this important milestone to be achieved. Right now, MPHA executive director, Rebekah Gewirtz is co-chairing the statewide coalition working to advance CHWs in the changing healthcare payment landscape. Evidence shows that CHWs reduce health inequities and markedly improve access for people living in low-income and communities of color – communities, which suffer a higher burden of chronic disease. 

The next steps for certification will involve review by the Commissioner of DPH, Monica Bharel, who is a strong ally and friend on this issue. Next will be review by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and then the governor’s office of Administration and Finance. Lastly, the certification board will hold public hearings at two locations in the state. Stay tuned for more information on the administrative review and key dates to get involved and advocate for final passage! For more information, contact Rebekah at: rgewirtz@mapublichealth.org.