GHPC facilitated the Georgia Community Health Worker Forum, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, and Morehouse School of Medicine, to begin to outline a community health worker (CHW) model and plan for the state. The goals for the forum included creating a common understanding of the roles and value of community health workers (CHWs) and fostering alignment of current CHW efforts to support health improvement and health care access in Georgia.
In advance of the meeting, GHPC facilitated a design team made up of multi-sector stakeholders, including the Georgia Department of Public Health, Kaiser Permanente, United Way of Atlanta, Grady Health System, the Atlanta Regional Commission, and Morehouse School of Medicine, to develop the conference goals and agenda. GHPC gathered data and assisted in the engagement of experts to present on CHW models and best practices used locally and in other states. Center staff also sourced information about the existing range of CHW programs, approaches, and policies in Georgia and the baseline training needs for CHWs.
Through facilitated activities, peer-to-peer learning, and idea exchange, meeting participants began to draft the core elements and recommendations for a statewide CHW model. Meeting outcomes were enabled through a design that used team-based facilitation and fostered inclusivity, access to excellent information, encouragement of a big picture vision, and an emphasis on congruent agreement.