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New Blog: "Emotional and Connected": The Role of Community Health Workers in Promoting Immunization

The fifth annual Community Health Worker Conference was held in Wenatchee on April 11 and 12. This year's theme was You are EPIC: Equitable, Passionate, Invested & Collaborative! More than 400 community health workers (CHWs) attended. For those who don’t know, CHWs are trusted community members who serve as connectors to needed resources, helping individuals and families navigate the health care system. 

With 40 learning sessions and trainings at the conference, there were many opportunities to connect and learn from one another. Here’s a sneak peek into a learning session on the hot topic of immunizations and what it means for CHWs.

Department of Health (DOH) Flu Health Educator Barry Iverson and 2018 Washington CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Dr. John Merrill-Steskal co-presented on the importance of flu vaccination. They shared general information, gave advice on how community health workers can talk to their clients, and answered lots of questions. Barry also spoke at the final day's plenary session along with Assistant Secretary of Health Lacy Fehrenbach about vaccine hesitancy and shared multilingual resources that support community health workers and their clients.

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