The first-ever SW CHAPS Community-Based Workforce Expo was a tremendous success!
The Expo was a time to gather diverse community-based workers and organizations, share information about employment resources, and advocate for this workforce.
The Community-based workforce includes Community Health workers, Peer Specialists, Peer Counselors, Recovery Coaches, Advocates, Patient Navigators, Family Support Specialists, and more! This unique workforce brings lived experience, understanding of systems, and trusted relationships within the community to support health equity.
Thank you to everyone who attended, organizational partners who tabled, community-based workers who shared their experiences, and amazing volunteers who made it all come together. We are so grateful!
A few highlights from the SW CHAPS Community-Based Workforce Expo:
- A planning committee of over 20 community members organized the Expo
- More than 120 individuals attended
- 21 partner organizations tabled during the networking portion of the program
- Partner organizations recruited community-based workers for open positions, shared information about upcoming trainings, and built connections for future collaboration
- 3 community-based workers spoke about their journeys and experiences in the workforce
- Expo was featured in The Columbian
- Sponsorships from Molina Healthcare and SWACH
- Received 53 evaluations, with very positive feedback—attendees felt connected and hopeful, and appreciated the sense of community and learning about employment opportunities
Thank you again to everyone who made the first SW CHAPS Community-Based Workforce Expo a success!