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    State Community Health Worker Advisory Committee

    Senate Bill 163 (Chapter 441) established the State Community Health Worker Advisory Committee to advise the Maryland Department of Health on matters relating to the certification and training of community health workers; requiring the Department to adopt regulations for accrediting certain training programs; requiring that certain written materials be in the preferred language of Advisory Committee members, as necessary; providing that, subject to an exception, a certified community health worker training program must be approved before operating in the State; etc.​​

    Advisory Committee Members (as of 10.1.2022)

    First NameLast NameOrganization Committee Seat Position
    Fay L.AlexanderThe Coordinating CenterCommunity Health Worker
    Rosario A.Campos​Asian American Center of Frederick
    Community Health Worker 
    Kevin J.ContrerasWhitman ​Walker HealthCommunity Health Worker 
    La KerryDawsonUnited HealthcareCommunity Health Worker 
    Griselda C.FunnUniversity of Maryland Medical CenterCommunity Health Worker 
    KathleenGilliganMosaic Community Services, Inc.Community Behavioral Health Assn. of MD 
    KimberlyHinerMaryland Department of HealthSecretary of Health or Secretary's DesigneeChair

    Licensed Social Worker Exp. In Community Health 
    Jude L.JamesJohns Hopkins HealthcareCommunity Health Worker 
    Rebecca L.JonesWorcester County Health DepartmentMD Assn. of County Health Officers 

    MD Hospital Association ​
    ​Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

    ​Community Health Worker
    BettyeMuwwakkilAccess to Wholistic and Productive Living Institute Inc.Community Health Worker Training Org. 
    University of Maryland, Baltimore​
    Registered Nurse Exp. in Community Health
    YannaRachinskayaHomeCentris Healthcare, LLCMD Public Health Assn. 
    SamanthaSailsman MedStar - Community Health
    Community Health Worker 
    TiffanyScott MD Community Health Worker's Association
    Community Health WorkerVice Chair
    LashelleStewartBaltimore Healthy StartCommunity-Based Employer of Community Health Workers 
    Umana Public Health Solutions, LLC​
    Public Member Familiar with Services of Community Health Workers ​
    ​More Committee and membership information can be found on the 

    Maryland Manual On-Line State Community Health Worker Advisory Committee listing​

    State CHW Advisory Committee - Applications are being accepted

    State CHW Advisory Committee Seats:  Community Health Worker, Community Health Worker Training Organization​, and Licensed Social Worker with Experience in Community Health

    Applications Due:  April 23, 2024. The application due date has been extended until April 30, 2024.

    Applications are being accepted for the seats of Community Health Worker (2 seats), Community Health Worker Training Organization (1 seat), and Licensed Social Worker with Experience in Community Health (1 seat) on the State Community Health Worker Advisory Committee. 

    Individuals who wish to be considered for appointment to these seats must submit an application through the Governor's Appointments Office at http://govappointments.maryland.gov/instructions-for-filling-out-the-general-application-form/  by April 30, 2024.  Please choose Health Worker Advisory Committee, State Community from the drop down menu during the submission of the application.  

    Please read the application instructions carefully to ensure that all the necessary documents are submitted.

    Contact Tina Backe at tina.backe@maryland.gov with any questions.

    ​We welcome your input!

    We welcome feedback and input from all interested parties, including those partners listed in Senate Bill 163 (Chapter 441)​
    • Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the Maryland Rural Health Association, the Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Maryland State Dental Association, Community and Hospital Employers of CHWs, and institutions of postsecondary education with the program in nursing, social work and dietetics​​
    • Send your comments to MDH.CHW@Maryland.gov.​​