Launching a Community Health Corps—A National Strategy Call

To help states surge public health capacity (e.g. for large-scale contact tracing) and rapidly expand capacity to address unmet psychosocial needs of vulnerable populations in the near and long term, various iterations of a community-based workforce (e.g. a Community Health Corps) have been recently proposed. Many of these focus on expanding and leveraging the unique role of Community Health Workers/Promotoras (CHW/Ps).


Co-hosted by HealthBegins, this National Strategy Call will be a semi-structured dialogue focused on rapid strategy development and alignment. Join us to hear from trailblazers in this space, unpack the elements of a Community Health Corps strategy, and identify concrete near-term opportunities to advance and advocate for this work at the national, state, and local levels.



  • Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH, Founder & President, HealthBegins
  • Raj Panjabi, MD, MPH, CEO of Last Mile Health
  • Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, Executive Director, National Association of Community Health Workers
  • Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP, Executive Director, Penn Center for Community Health Workers
  • Claire Qureshi, MBA, Senior Advisor, Office of the WHO Ambassador for Global Strategy — Community Health
  • Alexandra Quinn, Health Leads
  • Emily Wroe, Partners in Health


Webinar Objectives:

By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • List at least two acute, interrelated public health, community health, and economic challenges at this time.
  • Describe at least three elements of a Community Health Corps strategy and how it can address current and long-term challenges.
  • Identify at least two opportunities and actions they can take as individuals and institutions to help advance this strategy at a national and local level.


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