Announcing Community Health Worker Online Training Website

Health workers know we live in a world without enough parks. They know every neighborhood battles some residents’ misconceptions about medical treatments, or try to help those who smoke or drink too much.

This, along with shifts in healthcare reform, are why so many communities across the country have established community health worker programs. Sometimes called patient navigators, promotors or outreach workers, these people serve as a bridge between under-served populations in need of care and the health care, government and social service systems. Read’s definition of a community health worker.

Recognizing the need to train more individuals to be community health workers, Talance is proud to announce the launch of the Community Health Worker Online Training website.

The Community Health Worker (CHW) Online Training is designed to bring the benefits of an in-depth professional development program to healthcare systems and health departments without the cost associated with lengthy in-person training.

The initiative was formed through the collaboration of two key entities: the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and e-learning technology firm Talance. Mass DPH developed an open-source online curriculum targeted to patient navigators/community health workers with participation from Central Massachusetts AHEC, which Talance helped to host on ATutor, a leading open-source learning platform. We share a passion for bringing meaningful, cost-effective learning experiences to organizations in the healthcare sector.

The initiative includes custom developments for some of America’s leading health services organizations, including Washington State Department of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, among others.

The website serves as an overview of this program and allows visitors to sign up for a demo of the e-learning program and also an upcoming webinar on how to pilot a community health worker program, led by co-author Marilyn Gardner, from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

See the website.

Talance Earns SDO Certification as Woman-Owned Business

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Talance Earns SDO Certification as Woman-Owned Business

I’m very pleased to announce that our firm Talance, which specializes in developing e-learning systems and websites for its clients, has received certification as a Woman-Owned Business by the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO), an agency within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts helping promote the development of business enterprises and non-profit organizations owned and operated by minorities or women.

Certification is granted after submitting to a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

What does this mean? First off, it means we’re in an elite group. It’s not easy to receive this certification, and it’s also not easy to be a woman-owned business in the technology world. According to a recent survey from Harvey Nash, just 9% of U.S. chief of information officers are female. So really, we’re proud to be among this tiny sliver.

It also means we have a better way to connect with forward-thinking organizations that value diversity and achievement. You can feel good about tipping the scales toward the ladies. And you can

But that’s not all! Massachusetts has a program called the Supplier Diversity Program (SDP), which gives a little financial bump to state-based organizations that contract with women-owned businesses. That means that every dollar our clients spend on work with Talance goes further, because they’ll receive credit from the state.

It’s not often you can feel good about helping a disadvantaged business AND get a sweetener from the state. We hope you’ll be as excited as we are about our new certification.

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