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Florida CHW Workforce Development Advisory Board


The purpose of this multisector CHW Workforce Development Advisory Board is to provide guidance and recommendations to the leadership of the Florida Department of Health and Florida Community Health Worker Coalition on training, certification and implementation of sustainable workforce development strategies for Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Florida.   The CHW WFDAB was formed to support, and aid in the promotion of the CHW profession.

Meeting Dates 

The Workforce Development Advisory Board meets biweekly. Dates of meetings are listed below:

March 1, 2022

March 18, 2022

April 1, 2022

April 29, 2022

June 17, 2022

June 24, 2022

CHW Workforce Development Advisory Board Members

Rebecca DeLorenzo, Chief Executive Officer   | Florida Association of Free & Charitable Clinics

Debbie Hawkins, UF AHEC Associate Director | Florida Area Health Education Center Network

Andrea Stephenson-Royster, CEO | Health Council of SE Florida & Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network

Cheryl D. Love, Chief Clinical and Patient Safety Officer | Florida Hospital Association 

Natasha McCoy, HE Strategic Plan Consultant for Dr. Owen Quinonez, Health Equity Officer | Florida Department of Health

Jennifer Sousa, Deputy Chief | Florida Department of Health - Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention

Linda Carmona Sanchez, Director of Grant Management & Outreach | Florida Association of Community Health Centers

Shauna Houston, Program Manager | Florida Department of Health - Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention

Melissa Thibodeau, President | Florida Rural Health Association & Executive Director of Heartland Rural Health Network

Susan Bosse, EDP-Director of Business & Workforce Development | CareerSource

Judith Dunn, Director of Business Services (Palm Beach) | FCHWC Policy Co-Chair | CareerSource 

Karen Harewood, Director of Business Services (Palm Beach) | FCHWC Policy Co-Chair | Palm Beach Medical Society

Florida Community Health Worker Coalition 

Lisa Osborne Schueler, Ph.D., President (Ex-Officio)

Romona Jackson, Statewide Program Coordinator/Director 

Marion Banzhaf, Consultant

Mia Rosario, MSW, CCHW

Jameela Afi-Leigh, CHW

Tonya Bell, CCHW

Enid Santiago, CCHW

Izora Bullock, CCHW

Maria Alvarez, CHW

CHW Workforce Advisory Board Strategic Plan

Community Partners:


  • NCRN
  • We are pleased to collaborate with CommHIT to increase the number of CHWs who have specialized training that promotes workforce and technology-baed approaches to improve community health.

  • Proud member and partner of the National Association of Community Health Workers.

  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Tobacco Free Florida
    Tobacco Free Florida