Stages of Policy Change Process Common to Minnesota and Massachusetts

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CHWs collaborating on a topic at a meeting.Let’s review the pattern of common steps in the policy change processes followed by Minnesota and Massachusetts.

  • Form core stakeholder group
  • Collect workforce data, including employer return on investment, and produce report
  • Use core group and report to build larger stakeholder group
  • Build state CHW network as integral partner

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Let’s review the pattern of common steps in the policy change processes followed by Minnesota and Massachusetts.

In each state, a core stakeholder group was organized at the beginning of the process. This group was responsible for collecting CHW workforce data, obtaining funding to commission basic workforce surveys, or both. This basic background data was summarized in a brief report and then used by the core stakeholder group to recruit champions at higher levels in the public and private sectors into a larger, second-stage stakeholder group.

In parallel to the initial data collection effort, the core stakeholder group devoted early attention to cultivating participation from CHWs, including the statewide CHW network or association. This activity began earlier in the process in Massachusetts than in Minnesota, although individual CHWs were involved in the initiative from the beginning in Minnesota.