Key Takeaways

  • This is the third session in a 4-part series focused on the importance of Community Health Workers to address the social determinants of health.

  • Attend this session to hear about the process of establishing the Community Health Worker position in South Dakota, one of the last states to adopt CHWs across health systems. 

  • Speakers will discuss various aspects of the position from the determination of roles and responsibilities, to training, models for reimbursement, and integration with Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs.

Community Health Workers (CHWs) serve as a connection between medical and social services and their communities. CHWs typically come from the community they work in, and they may be called different titles such as peer health educators, lay health advocates, community health representatives, or promotoras. Community-based organizations are also using CHWs to screen for social determinants of health and to deliver evidence-based programs, such as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs. 

Register today to take part in our Community Health Worker webinar series, where you will learn how to:

  • Raise awareness about the role of Community Health Workers to implement evidence-based programs and help drive referrals
  • Discuss avenues for sustaining and reimbursing CHWs
  • Highlight how CHWs can help organizations reach diverse populations and address social determinants of health factors


  • Megan Jacobson, South Dakota State University Extension
  • Lori Oster, South Dakota State University Extension
  • Ben Tiensvold, Community Outreach Coordinator, Community Health Work Collaborative
  • Laura Harmelink, Community Outreach Coordinator, Better Choices, Better Health SD

Register for our other parts in this series by clicking on the link below: