Upper Peninsula Community Health Worker Network

Next Quarterly Call: May 16th, 12-1 p.m.

Registration details to come.

Mission: To empower and unite Upper Peninsula Community Health Workers

Network Objectives:

  • Make Connections
  • Share Resources
  • Discuss Challenges
  • Brainstorm Solutions

You do not need a CHW certification to participate in the network!

Community Resource Connector Survey

In partnership with various regional agencies and organizations, the Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health is conducting this survey to better understand the process of connecting individuals to community resources.

Understanding the role of those making the connections, what they like/dislike about methods used to identify community resources, and how resource options are being conveyed to those in need will assist in determining what, if any, resource platforms could be improved and/or developed to meet our regional needs in an efficient and effective manner.

Information received is unidentifiable and will remain anonymous. Results may be referred to in educating others about identifying challenges in rural geographic settings and determining potential solutions.

The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

Thank you in advance for your time and feedback!



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U.P. Community Health Town Hall

The U.P. Community Health Town Hall is a FREE, monthly, virtual webinar series hosted by Elise Bur, Director of the Center for Rural Health at Northern Michigan University and is organized in partnership with Dr. Steven Elmer, Associate Professor, and Dr. Kelly Kamm, Assistant Professor, both from the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology at Michigan Technological University.


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On August 1, 2022, Upper Peninsula Workforce Innovation Network (U.P WIN) project partners learned they received a $1.4 million dollar grant over a three-year period from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. This collaborative effort will increase Upper Peninsula residents’ access to healthcare by expanding relevant workforce training, education and employment. Elise Bur, Director of the Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health, is the Project Director. One of the central elements of U.P. WIN is to create stronger links between training programs and the health care entities that will ultimately employ or rely on these public health professionals.


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NCHW Training

NCHW training involves 12 days of in-person instruction on the 11 nationally recognized CHW core competencies plus Mental Health First Aid and ACEs training. Students will utilize their provided textbook and workbook to complete assignments, take notes, and improve their understanding of the CHW role. Classes will start at 8am of the dates listed, and will end at 5pm. Training requires 160 total hours of student dedication. To obtain certification, students should attend all 12 classes.