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Full Text of HB5412  98th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning public health.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Community Health Worker Advisory Board Act.
6    Section 5. Definitions. In this Act:
7    "Board" means the Community Health Worker Advisory Board.
8    "Community health worker" means a frontline public health
9worker who is a trusted member or has an unusually close
10understanding of the community served. This trusting
11relationship enables the community health worker to serve as a
12liaison, link, and intermediary between health and social
13services and the community to facilitate access to services and
14improve the quality and cultural competence of service
15delivery. A community health worker also builds individual and
16community capacity by increasing health knowledge and
17self-sufficiency through a range of activities, including
18outreach, community education, informal counseling, social
19support, and advocacy. Nothing in this definition shall be
20construed to authorize a community health worker to provide
21direct care or treatment to any person or to perform any act or
22service for which a license issued by a professional licensing
23board is required.



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1    "Department" means the Department of Public Health.
2    Section 10. Advisory Board.
3    (a) There is created the Advisory Board on Community Health
4Workers. The Board shall consist of 15 members appointed by the
5Director of Public Health. The Director shall make the
6appointments to the Board within 90 days after the effective
7date of this Act. The members of the Board shall represent
8different racial and ethnic backgrounds and have the
9qualifications as follows:
10        (1) four members who currently serve as community
11    health workers in Cook County, one of whom shall have
12    served as a health insurance marketplace navigator;
13        (2) two members who currently serve as community health
14    workers in DuPage, Kane, Lake, or Will County;
15        (3) one member who currently serves as a community
16    health worker in Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin,
17    Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Randolph, St. Clair, or
18    Washington County;
19        (4) one member who currently serves as a community
20    health worker in any other county in the State;
21        (5) one member who is a physician licensed to practice
22    medicine in Illinois;
23        (6) one member who is a licensed nurse or advanced
24    practice nurse;
25        (7) one member who is a licensed social worker,



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1    counselor, or psychologist;
2        (8) one member who currently employs community health
3    workers;
4        (9) one member who is a health policy advisor with
5    experience in health workforce policy;
6        (10) one member who is a public health professional
7    with experience with community health policy; and
8        (11) one representative of a community college,
9    university, or educational institution that provides
10    training to community health workers.
11    (b) In addition, the following persons or their designees
12shall serve as ex officio, non-voting members of the Board: the
13Executive Director of the Illinois Community College Board, the
14Director of Children and Family Services, the Director of
15Aging, the Director of Public Health, the Director of
16Employment Security, the Director of Commerce and Economic
17Opportunity, the Secretary of Financial and Professional
18Regulation, the Director of Healthcare and Family Services, and
19the Secretary of Human Services.
20    (c) The voting members of the Board shall select a
21chairperson from the voting members of the Board. The Board
22shall consult with additional experts as needed. Members of the
23Board shall serve without compensation. The Department shall
24provide administrative and staff support to the Board. The
25meetings of the Board are subject to the provisions of the Open
26Meetings Act.



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1    (d) The Board shall consider the core competencies of a
2community health worker, including skills and areas of
3knowledge that are essential to bringing about expanded health
4and wellness in diverse communities and reducing health
5disparities. As relating to members of communities and health
6teams, the core competencies for effective community health
7workers may include, but are not limited to:
8        (1) outreach methods and strategies;
9        (2) client and community assessment;
10        (3) effective community-based and participatory
11    methods, including research;
12        (4) culturally competent communication and care;
13        (5) health education for behavior change;
14        (6) support, advocacy, and health system navigation
15    for clients;
16        (7) application of public health concepts and
17    approaches;
18        (8) individual and community capacity building and
19    mobilization; and
20        (9) writing, oral, technical, and communication
21    skills.
22    Section 15. Report.
23    (a) The Board shall develop a report with its
24recommendations regarding the certification process of
25community health workers. The report shall be completed no



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1later than 12 months after the first meeting of the Board. The
2report shall be submitted to all members and ex officio members
3of the Board, the Governor, the President of the Senate, the
4Minority Leader of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of
5Representatives, and the Minority Leader of the House of
6Representatives. The Department shall publish the report on its
7Internet website.
8    (b) The report shall at a minimum include the following:
9        (1) a summary of research regarding the best practices,
10    curriculum, and training programs for designing a
11    certification program in this State for community health
12    workers, including a consideration of a multi-tiered
13    education or training system, statewide certification,
14    non-certification degree-based levels of certification,
15    and the requirements for experience-based certification;
16        (2) recommendations regarding certification and a
17    renewal process for community health workers, and a system
18    of approval and accreditation for curriculum and training;
19        (3) recommendations for a proposed curriculum for
20    community health workers that ensures the content,
21    methodology, development, and delivery of any proposed
22    program is appropriately based on cultural, geographic,
23    and other specialty needs and also reflects relevant
24    responsibilities for community health workers; and
25        (4) recommendations for best practices for
26    reimbursement options and pathways through which secure



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1    funding for community health workers may be obtained.
2    (c) The Board shall advise the Department, the Governor,
3and the General Assembly on all matters that impact the
4effective work of community health workers.
5    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
6becoming law.