The Center for Community Health Alignment has compiled relevant articles, videos, and case studies that provide more information on the community health worker model and the role of community health workers and other community change agents in advancing health equity and closing health disparities. The resources below are used by our team and our CHWs as part of our ongoing education on best practices, and will be helpful for everyone to understand how to drive community health with an equity lens and how to effectively address the impact of social determinants on health. If you don’t find the resources you need below, contact us and we will be happy to provide additional resources.

Community Health Workers: The Basics

Community Health Workers: The Evidence

Community Engagement, Social Determinants of Health, and Health Equity

Staff Spotlight: Mike Young, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Center for Community Health Alignment and PASOs

Mike Young is an expert on culture. He has studied it and lived it for his entire life.  As a teenager from rural El Salvador, Young’s mother waited at the Mexico-U.S. border for two weeks before immigrating to California with a sixth-grade education. She learned...

COVID Vaccine Discussion

Keeping it real about COVID19 Vaccine- a recorded session on vaccine hesitancy with BirthMatters. Dr. Jane Kelly talks with CHW Takia Daniels talks about her vaccine journey in a discussion moderated by BirthMatters Executive Director Molly Chappell-Mcphail. Read More

Researchers to help LGBTQIA+ populations navigate barriers to health information

Despite growing up in a small town in Costa Rica before the internet era, Kathia Valverde still had somewhere to turn for information when she began questioning her sexuality — her librarian, Carmen. Today, Valverde helps others get information — not as a librarian,...

Arnold School Center trains, supports community health workers as they serve SC communities on front lines of COVID-19 crisis

Director Julie Smithwick couldn’t have known about the impending COVID-19 pandemic that would ravage the world just one year later, but her timing couldn’t have been better. The Arnold School launched the Community Health Worker Institute (housed in the Center for...

Constructing Population Health Programs That Reduce Health Disparities

We are happy to share Julie Smithwick's interview in Xtelligent Healthcare's Postcast about healthcare strategies.  In this podcast, you can hear Julie Smithwick give concrete steps that any healthcare organization can do to help build a more equitable healthcare...

CHW Section Quarterly Newsletter

The "COVID-19 Conversations" series of rapid-response webinars from the National Academy of Medicine and the American Public Health Association is addressing the state of the science on COVID-19 and explore emerging evidence on how to best mitigate its impact. Led by...