The Board of Certification of Community Health Workers was established through an act of the legislature, Chapter 322 of the Acts of 2010, and signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick on August 31, 2010, with an effective date of January 1, 2012. It was created as a result of state health care reform and is intended to help integrate community health workers into the health care and public health systems in order to promote health equity, cost containment, quality improvement, and management and prevention of chronic disease. The Board will establish standards for the education and training of community health workers and community health worker trainers, standards for the education and training program curricula for community health workers, and requirements for community health worker certification and renewal of certification. It is chaired by a designee of the commissioner of the Department of Public Health and includes ten additional members appointed by the governor and nominated by organizations named in the authorizing legislation.
The Board held its first meeting on July 17, 2012. Board meetings are scheduled in advance and are open to the public. Click on Board Calendar for the schedule of upcoming meetings.