Agenda AzCHOW 14th Annual Conference

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Agenda Day 1: Thursday June 15, 2017

Conference Check-In  11:00am

Welcome & Opening Remarks 1:00pm-1:15pm

Floribella Redondo, President AzCHOW

Keynote Speaker 1:15 – 2:00pm

Expanding the Possibilities for Community Health Workers in Public Health

Will Humble, Executive Director

Arizona Public Health Association

Workforce Panel 2:00 – 2:30pm

The Journey of Community Health Workers in Arizona

Brook Bender, Community Health Representative Hualapai Tribe

Maria Valenzuela, Program Director Esperanca

Break 2:45 – 3:15pm

Workforce Updates 2:30 – 2:45pm

State Strategies for CHW Workforce

Yanitza Soto, ADHS

Arizona CHW Policy Updates

Jill DeZapien, University of Arizona College of Public Health

Arizona Community Health Workers Association Update

Lorena Verdugo, AzCHOW

CHW National Update

Carl Rush

Activity 3:15 – 4:10pm

Community Health Workers-Change agents in Arizona’s Population Health

Maia Ingram, Co-Director- AZ PRC

Abby Lohr, Research Specialist, AZ PRC

Day 1 Closing Speaker 4:10 – 4:50pm

Clowntown Healing Workshop

Carl Hammerschlag, M.D

Closing Remarks Evaluations/Announcements 4:50pm-5:00pm


Agenda Day 2: Friday, June 16, 2017

Continental Breakfast 7:00 am-8:00 am

Welcome and Announcements 8:00 am-8:10 am

Floribella Redondo, AzCHOW President

General Session I: 

“The Role of CHWs in Cancer Care” 8:10 am- 8:45 am

Maria Tirado, Patient Navigator  Carondelet St. Mary’s

General Session II: 

Un Abrazo Para la Familia 8:45 am-9:00 am

TBD (Julie)-University of Arizona College of Medicine

Lorena Verdugo, AzCHOW

Bag It, Inc. 9:00 am-9:15 am

Community Health Worker Resource

Presented by: Joyce Palasek

Concurrent Sessions 9:15 am-11:15 am


Oyendo Bien: CHW Training on Hearing Loss and Effects on Behavioral Health

Laura Coco, AuD, CCC-A

Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

University of Arizona

Rachel Peterson, MPH, MA

Health Educator, Senior

University of Arizona Center on Aging

CDC Healthy Brain Research Network Scholar

CHW Supervisor Training Module

Rebecca Epstein

Patria Alguila

MHP Salud

Awards Luncheon

2017  Dr. Joel Meister Outstanding CHW Award

Special Recognitions

General Session III: 12:45 pm-1:30 pm

Elements of a Healthy Community Wheel 11:15 am-12:45 pm

Melanie Mitros- Vitalyst Health Foundation

Jon/Emily (TBD who will come with her)

Workshops I:  1:30 pm-2:15 pm

Participants choose one workshop to attend

Session A:

American Lung Association


Session B:

American Cancer Society

Sussan Olivera

Health Systems Manager, Primary Care

Session C:

American Heart Association


BREAK 2:15-2:30 pm

Workshops II:  2:30 pm-3:15 pm

Participants choose one workshop to attend

Session A:

CHR Environmental Health


Session B:

Arizona Living Well Institute- Chronic Disease Self-Management

Wendy O’Donnell

Session C:

CHWs Voice United to Improving Health Outcomes in Communities Across Arizona (TBD)

General Session IV 3:15 pm-4:00 pm

PRE-Diabetes – “The Hidden Threat Behind the PRE!”

American Diabetes Association

Closing Remarks, Evaluations and Departure 4:00-4:30 pm

Thank you, see you next year at our 2018 Annual Conference!!!