Jacqueline Sweeney ~ Treasurer
Jacqueline has been a CHW with Strong Social Work Division's Baby Love Program for 16 years working with parent women to ensure healthy birth outcomes. She served on the Mercy Residential Board from 1994-1999. Served as a Steering Committee Member of the Rochester Area Family Life Education from 1994-2004. Served on the Advisory Group of the Eastman Dental Home Project from 2005-2009. Served on the Advisory Board for the Adapting Collaborative Care Perinatal Depression Treatment to a Pediatric Setting in 2008. Jacqueline Sweeney has been Co-chair of CHWAR from 2000 to 2010.
Lucia Colindres-Vasquez ~ Chair
Lucia worked as a Community Health Worker for the Monroe County Department of Health in 1999, a home visiting program for pregnant women and their children. During that time she became involved with CHWAR, formerly known as ROWA. She is one of the original members since the group became organized in 1999. She continues to be a member of the Board of Directors for CHWAR. Lucia has over 18 years of experience working in health care in special health areas such as prenatal care and HIV/AIDS. She also has experience with program development in the following areas: Community outreach, prevention and education, care managements services, and Community Health Worker programs. She currently works at Rochester Regional Health as a Supervisor, Community Health- DSRIP.
Sicily Mitchell ~ Co-Chair
As a lifelong resident in Rochester, Sicily received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and continues to work in the capacity of advocating for others. Currently, in the position of Community Outreach for the Health Home Program at Visiting Nurse/Signature Care where she has been employed for over 30 years, She continues to strive for the betterment of community residents of Rochester from advocacy to education. With previous board membership(s) in addition to participating with various community collaborations have allowed Sicily to continue to advocate for the well being of our community. Being familiar with the vision of CHWAR as a previous Rochester Outreach Workers Association member, to an active Board Member, I look forward to working to support this venue for Community Health Workers0080 working within communities for the overall well being of our community.
Shannon Kelly ~ Secretary
Shannon is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Health with a focus on Community Health and Health Behavior at University at Buffalo. Previously Shannon worked in outreach and education with the Affordable Care Act through Trillium Health. Also at Trillium Health, Shannon was a Health Homes Care Manager working to engage individuals in medical care and access community resources. She has worked within the Rochester Community for the past 5 years and has experience working with migrant workers and refugees in the area.
Community Health Workers Association of Rochester was founded in 1999. October 19th, 1999, Perinatal Network of Monroe County extended an invitation to several Community Health Workers from the Rochester area to attend a conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference covered a range of important issues focusing on the importance of outreach in the new millennium. One presentation of interest was by the Community Outreach Workers Association of Maryland known as COWAM. COWAM is an association that provides an outlet for CHW's to network as well as acknowledge the importance and benefits of outreach in our communities. Based on the information gathered during the conference by the CHW's that attended, they began to think about the advantages of having a similar group in the Rochester area. The group also received information about the Center for Sustainable Health Outreach's conference.
In February 2000, Healthy Start Rochester invited representatives from CSHO to address outreach related issues within the Rochester community. Convinced that a local association made good sense, in June of 2000, three CHW's gave birth to the Rochester Outreach Workers Association (ROWA) now known as Community Health Workers Association of Rochester, Inc. CHWAR. Board Members of CHWAR are trained community health workers with a combined total of over 60 years of outreach in the field of perinatal, pediatrics, immunization, HIV, substance abuse, mental health, social services, homelessness, parenting, adolescence, elderly care, immigration, poverty, community resources.
Lilly Flores ~ Board Member at Large
Lilly has worked in the Human Service field for over 7 years in Rochester N.Y. Previously through employment with Trillium Health as a Community Specialist, she worked to engage individuals back into health care in order to avoid adverse health outcomes. Currently she works at Baden Street Settlement as a Care Manager. Lilly’s connection to the community has given her the opportunity to build strong relationships. She assisted in developing a consumer advisory board for Latino individuals affected or infected by HIV. Her experience with outreach and care management brings an important community-centered perspective to CHWAR board of directors.
Glenda Blanco ~ Board Member at Large - Former Chair
Glenda has been a CHW with Strong Social Work Division's Children's Primary Care Program since 1993, working with families on eliminating barriers and improving our areas childhood immunization rates, including more timely Well Child Checks. As an Association Member for CHWAR (formerly ROWA) since 2000, she decided to join the Board of Directors January 2010 and most recently held the position of Secretary for CHWAR. Glenda has served as a member with; The Finger Lakes Health Agency - Latino Health Coalition, Volunteered at Gilda's Club, former Tax Preparer for H & R Block, member of Latinas Unidas, and the Advisory Counsel for the New York State Community Health Worker Initiative. Glenda is presently serving as the Chair for CHWAR since 2011.