3rd Annual KYACHW Conference

September 27, 2018
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

Crowne Plaza
830 Phillips Lane, Louisville KY 40209

Click here for the conference agenda.

This conference was a day of learning about how CHWs are vital to the movement for a healthy Kentucky. Areas of interest this year included healthcare coverage and access, stress toxicity and reduction, and implicit bias. Refreshing information for those who attended! Many joined us in an effort to ignite a social movement to change the health of Kentucky.

Vendor Info:
Vendor registration fee: $75
Limited to 10 vendors.

Sponsor Info:
Platinum level sponsorship: $5000
Gold level sponsorship: $3500
Silver level sponsorship: $1500


We held an event happening prior to our annual conference. This KYACHW pre-conference event was an informative delivery on health insurance literacy presented and hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Kentucky Voices for Health. 

It was held at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (1640 Lyndon Farm Court #100, Louisville, KY 40223) from 1:00-5:00 PM EST on Wednesday, September 26th.  

2018 Conference Presentation Materials:

AKHCAN Training Model

CHW Meeting Kentucky HEALTH Overview

CHW Health Insurance Literacy Outreach and Resources – Liz Edghill

Health and Health Insurance Literacy in an Ever-Changing Healthcare System – Liz Edghill, Dr. Jean Edward, Dustin Pugel, Dr. Sheila Schuster

It Takes a Village! How Communities Can Work Together to Remove Social Barriers and Improve Health Outcomes – Morgan Kirk

Why Advocate? Why Me? Community Health Workers as Advocates – Dr. Sheila A. Schuster

2018 Conference Agenda

7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration/Exhibit Opening
Continental Breakfast

8:30 am to 9:00 am
State of Affairs: The current status of Community Health Workers in KY
Connie White MD, MS, FACOG – Deputy Commissioner, KY Department for Public Health

9:00 am to 10:00 am
Stumbling Blocks & Baby Steps
Omope Carter Daboiku

10:15 am to 11:45 am
Health & Health Insurance Literacy
Jean Edward, PhD, RN- Assistant Professor, Center for Health Services Research, UK
Dustin Pugel, MPA- Policy Analyst, KY Center for Economic Policy
Elizabeth Edghill, BA, RN, BSN – Manager of Refugee and Immigrant Services, Family Health Centers, Inc.
Sheila Schuster, PhD- Advocacy Action Network

The recent changes in health care reform policies, especially the implementation of Kentucky’s Section 1115 waiver, called Kentucky HEALTH, have caused growing concerns in communities across Kentucky. These changes have significant influences on the health and wellbeing of Kentuckians as it impacts health insurance literacy, access to care and health outcomes. Join us for a panel discussion that delves deeper into Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver, especially in understanding how it impacts your communities and how you can be prepared to assist your community members navigate these changes. Tools and resources on improving health insurance literacy will also be discussed.

11:45 am to 1:00 pm
Networking Lunch and Exhibit tour

1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Stress Less, Self-Care that can be shared with others
Michelle Hill, RN – Montgomery County Health Department
April Smith, BA – Montgomery County Health Department

Now, more than ever, we live in a fast-paced world with many factors that can increase our risk for experiencing toxic stress. It is important to know how that can affect our holistic health. It is equally, if not more so, important for us to know about practical ways to reduce and prevent toxic stress. Information shared during this session will increase your knowledge and give you practical tools that will help to reduce this stress from your daily life.

1:40 pm to 3:40 pm
Understanding Unconscious Bias with the University of Kentucky
Marietta Watts, Senior Training Specialist, Training and Development, UK

The University of Kentucky has implemented an Unconscious Bias Initiative designed to provide foundational training for all staff, students and faculty members. Come and be exposed to a workshop that provides a sustainable road map for impacting awareness for all members of the organization. You will learn how and why every human being is a biased individual, how to recognize how the mind impacts our behaviors, and begin to practice tools to lessen the impact of our unconscious biases.

3:55 pm to 4:15 pm
Appalachian KY Health Care Access Network
Jan Chamness, MPH – AKHCAN
Gina Brien, MA – AKHCAN
Kellie Warren, BA – AKHCAN
Jeffrey Liles, MBA – AKHCAN

Working together to increase the number of CHWs in Kentucky to improve health care access and positive outcomes for all Kentuckians.

4:20 pm to 4:40 pm
It Takes a Village! How Communities Can Work Together to Remove Social
Barriers and Improve Health Outcomes
Morgan Kirk, BA – WellCare, Supervisor of Advocacy & Community Based Programs
Fran Feltner, DNP – Director University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health

4:45 pm to 5:00 pm
Door Prizes

5:00 pm to 5:30
Business Meeting

2018 Conference Photos


A BIG thank you to our 2018 Conference Sponsors!


Visit AKHCAN for more info.

Visit KDPH for more info.


Visit Aetna for more info.

Visit Passport for more info.

Visit WellCare for more info.




Visit Kentucky Cancer Consortium for more info.





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Conference Planning:
Keisha Cornett

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