Men's National CHW Alliance


On August 4, 2023, at the 2023 National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) Unity Conference in Austin, Texas, Terri Jowers, CCHW, South Carolina Community Health Worker Association (SCCHWA) and Guillermo Wippold, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, presented their community-engaged research on Men's Health in a breakout session entitled “We Need More Male CHWs! What Community-based Participatory Research told us about engaging men in health.” During the discussion, the presenters challenged the attendees to take action to increase the number of male CHWs to improve men's health outcomes.

The discussion started at the Unity Conference and sparked a group of men and men's health allies to begin meeting and form what is now being called the Men's National CHW Alliance.

MNCHWA can now proudly share that they have members from 25 different states across the nation!

The Men's National CHW Alliance's core values are compassion, respect, equity, community engagement, and leadership.

Why Should You Join Us?


The MNCHWA is looking for Community Health Workers and CHW Allies who are passionate about improving Men's Health. The current models continue to leave men, particularly men of color, behind. By increasing the number of men working as Community Health Workers, we believe that we can positively impact health outcomes for men in underserved communities and populations.

The Work Before Us

Currently, it is estimated that only 11-18% of all CHWs in the United States are males. The Men's National CHW Alliance has much work to do to first increase the number of men working as Community Health Workers and then develop unique and successful models for men reaching men. We are actively seeking dedicated individuals to bring their lived experience, passion, and skills to join this movement.

"It is important that men assume responsibilities associated with men's health.  It is especially true that men can set an example for how men handle issues that only men face and those that are primary factors in health awareness and understanding.  To this end, those of us who are female who will encourage, nurture, assist, and the propel men who take on this challenge.  Our fathers, brothers, and sons will benefit greatly from the Men’s National CHW Alliance.”                                      - Dr. Yvette McDaniel

Are you great at outreach, strategic planning, or grant writing? Do you believe that the current models are leaving men further behind and ready to see a change? Join the Alliance!

Want to explore men reaching men more?

The Men's National CHW Alliance is ready to speak at your collaboratives, meetings, and conferences.
Reach out and let us know how we can help each other.


The Men's National CHW Alliance meetings are held virtually on the last Thursday of every month at 3:30 pm, EST. 

Men’s National CHW Alliance General Cohort Meeting Agenda: May 30, 2024 at 3:30 pm EST

  1.  Introductions and Icebreaker

    a.  May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    What advice about mental health did you receive that had a positive impact on you?

  2.  MNCHWA updates

  3.  Connect to Purpose

    a. Success Story Time!

  4. Subcommittees/Work groups sign up and meetings

    a. Subcommittees are assigned the task of creating goals and steps to reach those goals

    § Research - Rebekah

    § Sustainability – Mike

    § Outreach Recruitment and Communications – Kyle

    § Curriculum Building –Sebastain

    b. Subcommittee Recap to the whole group,

    1. Share the group’s goals and steps to reach those goals

  5. Homework for next time

    a. Each one reach one!

  6. Next Meeting Thursday June 27 at 3:30 pm EST

If you would like more information, please reach out to Rebekah.

MNCHWA's Previous Speaking Engagements

CHW Affinity Group March 2024

CHW Affinity Group March 2024

South Carolina Health Equity Summit April 2024
SC Health Equity Summit April 2024