On June 19, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) hosted the
2019 Georgia Community Health Worker Stakeholder Forum at the Loudermilk Conference Center in Atlanta. The day-long event brought together stakeholders from all over Georgia (including community action agency advocates, healthcare providers, Community Health Workers (CHWs), and more) to highlight the progress that partners and advocates have made over the last few years to build the capacity and visibility of Georgia’s CHWs.
The Forum kicked off with the history of DPH and partners working to form the CHW Advisory Committee and CHW Advocacy Coalition. Berneta L. Haynes, Senior Director of Policy and Access, facilitated a breakout session about the Coalition, which is led by Georgia Watch. The session involved a lively discussion centered on how to best engage with CHW stakeholders, particularly clinical providers, and how to further grow the Coalition.
Many thanks to DPH for organizing this important convening and emphasizing the integral role CHWs play in health equity and access! We look forward to continuing our efforts to support CHWs in Georgia.
To learn more about the valuable work CHWs do, including how CHWs help reduce health disparities among Georgia’s most vulnerable populations, visit