Bridging the Gap: Community Health Workers & Healthcare Providers

Welcome to Bridging the Gap: Community Health Workers & Healthcare Providers Webinar Series! Curated by Morehouse School of Medicine AHEC in conjugation with the SPCC Atlanta AHEC and Georgia Statewide AHEC Network. 

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are pivotal to providing healthcare services to all within our communities. Partnerships with CHWs and other healthcare providers can optimize health outcomes of patients and create a cohesive workforce. Bridging the Gap: Community Health Workers & Healthcare Providers is an educational webinar series to teach other healthcare providers and health profession students about the value of CHWs. This program will consist of bi-monthly live webinars to spread awareness about the work that CHWs conduct on a daily basis and how their partnership is an asset.

● Webinar 1: Community Health Worker 101
● Webinar 2: The Importance of CHW’s
● Webinar 3: How to Incorporate CHW’s
● Webinar 4: Pathway to CHW - Student Edition
● Webinar 5: Make it Happen - Resources & Networking - May 21, 2024 & May 22, 2024 at 9:00 am - Georgia Community Health Worker (CHW) Stakeholder Exposition 2024

Target Audience

  • Community Health Workers
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Health Profession Students
  • AHEC Colleagues
  • Health Advocates
  • Public Health Professionals 

Learning Objectives

By the end of the program learners will be able to: 

  • Define the scope, relevancy, and responsibilities of community health workers
  • Identify ways to incorporate community health workers into their work environments
  • Describe ways that CHWs add value to improving the health of individuals/communities.

Additional Information

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Mary Kidd Davis, MS, RN - MSM AHEC Director 

  • Ms. Kidd Davis works with the Georgia Statewide AHEC Network Program Office at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). Her role in the Program Office establishes and maintains a partnership with MSM AHEC program. In this role, she is charged to direct and develop statewide educational programs. Specifically, these educational programs will target self-care, wellness and programming to support providers and health care institutions to sustain healthier workplaces. Additionally, her role is to develop statewide education programs to explain and demonstrate the roles and values of community health workers (CHWs) and other paraprofessionals to the health workforce and to the community in general. In addition to my role with the Program Office, I am Director of MSM AHEC Program. I am a Clinical Instructor in the Departments of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and Medical Education at MSM. I am also Course Director for a mandatory first year course, Fundamentals of Medicine 1, Clinical Preceptorship Course.

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Chelsea Cliatt, MPH - Program Manager 

  • Mrs. Cliatt is the Program Manager at Morehouse School of Medicine in the Community Health and Preventive Medicine Department and Area Health Education Center (AHEC). She is the program manager of both the Interconnected: Resilience & Wellness Program and the Bridging the Gap: Community Health Workers & Healthcare Providers Webinar Series. Her educational background spans from a bachelors in Social and Behavioral health and a masters in Public Health with certificates in Social Services and Diversity, and Mental Health Frist Aid Training for youth and adults. These programs are curated to optimize the outcome and network of health professionals across the nation.
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Sharleen Clemens 

Sharleen Clemons - Program Coordinator 

  • Ms. Sharleen Clemons is the program coordinator for the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Area Health Education Centers Program. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the overall MSM AHEC program.
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Daphne Byrd, MS - Program Committee 

  • Daphne Byrd is Executive Director of the Southeastern Primary Care Consortium, Inc., Atlanta Area Health Education Center (SPCC Atlanta AHEC). Ms. Byrd holds a Masters of Science in Education Degree of which she obtained from the University of Georgia. She is a 32 year professional with extensive knowledge and experience in health care administration, healthcare policy development, analysis of healthcare systems, community organization and development, legislative advocacy, health education/promotion, community service learning, fundraising, and partnership development.
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La'Ronia Burnett, MPH, CHES - Program Committee 

  • LaRonia Burnett, MPH, CHES, is the Continuing Education Coordinator of the SPCC Atlanta AHEC program. She serves as a community liaison and program coordinator, linking medical professionals and students to education opportunities. Ms. Burnett also creates interdisciplinary didactic projects for medical professionals working congruently linking patient services through all disciplines.
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The Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Morehouse School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit (s) ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent to their participation in the activity. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 credit (s) ™.

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in accordance with ACCME guidelines requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by MSM for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and the appropriateness of patient care recommendations. Full disclosure of speaker relationships will be made at this activity.

This activity is supported by an independent education grant from SPCC Atlanta AHEC.


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