Project Director, Community Health Worker Institute, Northwest Regional Primary Care Association
Kelly Volkmann, MPH, Project Director of the Community Health Worker Institute for the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association. Kelly is committed to advancing and advocating for Community Health Worker (CHW) programs in primary health care. Her work history includes providing direct care as a registered nurse in California and as a program manager for a large team of CHWs at the Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties in Corvallis, Oregon. Kelly was a charter member of the Traditional Health Workers Commission in Oregon, and co-chaired the “Scope of Practice” Subcommittee. She presents nationally about the value of CHWs in primary care, and successfully integrating them into care teams. Kelly’s experience working with CHWs, direct patient care, and public health has given her a deep appreciation of the unique qualities and value that CHWs bring to health care systems, and the importance of building sustainable programs to support them.