KS Community Health Worker Coalition


2022 Kansas Community Health Worker Symposium Recap

Health Equity 360º

After several years of connecting virtually, the Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition was excited to put on an in-person event that brought attendees from across the state together to collaborate, network, and learn. To kick off the start of the month, Governor Laura Kelly signed a proclamation designating the month of June as Community Health Workers Month which was an amazing kick-off to the symposium.  The 7th Annual Kansas Community Health Worker Symposium took place on June 9, 2022, at the Wichita State University Rhatigan Student Center in Wichita, KS. An overwhelming 139 Community Health Workers and their allies attended the event, and it was buzzing with exciting energy.

The agenda was jam-packed with speakers, breakout sessions, and panel discussions, all focused on topics chosen by the Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition surrounding the symposium theme of Health Equity 360.

Dr. Ximena Garcia, Senior Advisor for COVID Vaccine Equity in Kansas, kicked off the symposium with a warm welcome to all of the Community Health Workers and allies in attendance. This year’s featured keynote speaker was Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, the former Minnesota Commissioner of Health and Past President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.  Dr. Ehlinger’s presentation focused on the vital role of Community Health Workers in addressing the social and environmental issues facing communities and helping to create a more socially just society. Those who were present in the room also got to experience Dr. Ehlinger’s musical talent as well!

Attendees were able to choose several breakout sessions that covered a variety of topics such as:

  • Making Yourself Indispensable: CHWs as Members of the Healthcare Team, presented by Justin Moore, MD
  • The Role of Community Health Workers in Health Equity, presented by McClain Bryant Macklin, JD, MBA, Treva Smith, BA, and Katie Schoenhoff, BS
  • Enjoy Life, presented by Paula Correa
  • Health Equity in Sex and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations, presented by Tori Gleason, DC, DACBSP
  • Hope Mapping, presented by Stefanie Olson, MA

Throughout the day attendees also had the opportunity to visit vendor booths from supporting organizations, get a professional headshot taken by WSU Community Engagement Institute Strategic Communications staff, and share success stories from their communities. Giveaways were provided by Johnson’s Garden Center, Unite Us, and the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. Sarah O’Keefe from the Center for Public Partnerships & Research provided a graphic recording of several of the sessions which gave a visual representation of key points and takeaways of each presentation.

The day wrapped up with a Community Health Worker panel where panelists shared a brief presentation and answered questions and opened discussion on different methodologies that worked in their communities. The featured panelists were:

  • Jacob Williamson and Christina Mitts, Community Health Workers from USD 445
  • Guadalupe Treadway, Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee, University of Kansas Medical Center and Community Health Council of Wyandotte County
  • Callie Dyer, Executive Director, Finney County Health Coalition/Live Well Finney County

We are so thankful to the Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition Symposium committee for all of their hard work planning the event and to the following sponsors for their support:

  • The Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • The Sunflower Foundation
  • Communities Organizing to Promote Equity (COPE)
  • Sunflower Health Plan
  • United Healthcare Community Plan
  • United Methodist Health Ministry Fund

We look forward to starting the planning process for the next symposium and look forward to seeing everyone again!


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A huge thank you to our 2022 sponsors!