National Men's 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 National Men's CHW Alliance.
Currently, the alliance consists of representatives from Tennessee, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.
The National Men's CHW Alliance's core values are compassion, respect, equity, community engagement, and leadership.
Why Should You Join Us?
The NMCHWA 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 11% of all CHWs in the United States are males. The National Men's 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 seeking dedicated individuals to bring their lived experience, passion, and skills to join this movement.
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 National Men's 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 National Men's CHW Alliance meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month at 3:30 pm.
If you would like more information, please reach out to Rebekah.