NTC to host health workers conference

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BEMIDJI -- Northwest Technical College is scheduled to gather dozens of community health workers from across the state Friday, Sept. 28, for the third annual Rural Community Health Worker Conference.

The one-day conference will be held at Bemidji’s Hampton Inn and Suites, at 1019 Paul Bunyan Drive NE. Registration is $35. It includes conference materials and lunch, and a six-hour continuing education certificate is available for an additional $25, according to an NTC release.

The conference is intended for employers and potential employers of community health workers, and to provide community health workers with opportunities to network with colleagues and learn strategies for advocating for their roles in the health care system, at work and in their communities, the release said.

The conference is made possible by support from the Minnesota Department of Health, Sanford Health and the Northern Dental Access Center.

Here’s a list of presentations scheduled at the conference, as provided by NTC:

  • Alicia Carley, Northwest Technical College; Kathryn Gonzalez, Northwoods Caregivers; and Georgia Lane, Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging; “Linking CHWs to Gerontology”
  • Sara Citrine and Sara Brubaker, Kiesler Wellness Center, “CHWs in Mental Health”
  • William Dicks, M.D. (Sanford Health); “The Benefits of a CHW: A Physician’s Perspective”
  • Megan Ellingson, CHW Solutions, and Melissa Baily, Dakota County Public Health, Panel: “Billing for CHW Services”
  • Jody Lien, Otter Tail County Public Health; Connie Norman, Sanford Health; and Dai Vu, Minnesota Department of Health, “Becoming a CHW Internship Site”
  • Jeff Lindseth, Sanford Health, and Deb Hernandez, Rural AIDS Action Network, “CHWs Working in Addiction”
  • Joy Rivera, American Indian Cancer Foundation, “CHWs Partnering to Reach American Indians”
  • Will Wilson, Minnesota Department of Health, “CHW programs in Minnesota: Current Status and Opportunities”