January 16, 2024

Episode 32: The Role of Community Health Workers in Tennessee’s Health Care Transformation

Local communities across the state are in serious need of compassionate, problem-solving health professionals who can build bridges between doctors and patients and ensure every individual receives the care they deserve. That’s why the miniVHAN is proud to spotlight Tennessee’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) initiative and show how these workers are filling health care gaps, especially for those in high-need, hard-to-reach populations.

The podcast welcomes two women leading the charge: Nikayla Boyd, Ed.D., Executive Director of the Tennessee Community Health Worker Association, and Barbara Clinton, who served as the director of Vanderbilt Center for Health Services for more than 30 years. These experts share their unique experiences on the role of CHWs as bridge builders and trust makers, ensuring that all community members are connected to vital health and social services.

Our conversation illuminates the way CHWs are transforming health outcomes across Tennessee by overcoming barriers such as resource scarcity and housing insecurity. Get ready to be inspired and learn how you can contribute to the initiative. This conversation is not just about health care—it’s about people, community and the power of compassion in action.

Learn more about the Community Health Worker Training Program of Tennessee (CHWTPT) and find out how to apply: https://www.vhan.com/new-state-program-available-to-train-community-health-workers/

Connect with Our Guests

Nikayla Boyd

Nikayla Boyd, MAT, EdS, EdD

Executive Director, TN Community Health Worker Association

Barbara Clinton

Barbara Clinton


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