Unity Conference 2017: The Collective Power of CHWs, CHRs and Promotores

Unity 2017 is a national conference designed for and about community health workers, community health representatives, and promotores. The theme for this year’s conference is “The Collective Power of CHWs, CHRs and Promotores.”

The Center for Sustainable Health Outreach (CSHO) at The University of Southern Mississippi, with support from Sanofi US, the Boston University Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health, Baylor Scott and White Health, KDH Research & Communication, MHP Salud, Community Resources LLC., and the Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its 15th annual Unity Conference August 6-9, 2017 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

Unity 2017 will address the roles community health workers play in creating access to care, reducing care costs, and promoting healthy and happy communities, from individual levels to meeting national goals and objectives. Conference speakers will address content on state and national organizing, including strategies for successful advocacy; health and wellness, including oral health, behavioral health, and addressing disabilities; and the role of community health workers as change agents, including in communities and in systems.

The conference will include plenary, breakout, poster, skill-building, and round-table workshop sessions. Community health workers are strongly encouraged to attend. Unity 2017 is an opportunity for community health workers to share knowledge, information, and expertise with other community health workers, colleagues, and policy makers.  

Please go to http://bit.ly/2ne6ZXx to view the call for conference abstracts. The call for conference abstracts closes April 21, and organizers are actively seeking innovative and engaging presentations. For more information on the call for abstracts, please contact Katie Sutkowi at katherinesutkowi@gmail.com, or Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox at holderbylr@gmail.com.

For more information on the conference, please visit our website, www.usm.edu/csho to learn more about the conference or other exciting training opportunities. For any questions about Unity 2017, contact Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson at (601) 266-6266 or susan.johnson@usm.edu.

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