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Traditional Health Worker Steering Committee
The THW Steering Committee has sunsetted. For the most up-to-date information regarding Traditional Health Workers, please visit the Traditional Health Workers Commission page.

The Traditional Health Worker Steering (THW) Committee, was charged with developing and implementing the Traditional Health Worker program.

The committee's composition is culturally and professionally diverse, including Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), members of the traditional health workforce, community based organizations and traditional health worker training programs.

The Traditional Health Worker Steering Committee will begin meeting in November. Initial activities of the committee will include:​

  • Development of a training program approval process
  • Development of administrative rules for the ​Traditional Health Worker Program​
  • Creation of an online registry that will list approved training programs and certified traditional health care workers

The Committee will also work to enhance the role, engagement and utilization of the THW workforce in Oregon's Coordinated Health Care Delivery System.

For more information, please contact

April R. Johnson, Health Equity Workforce Manager - april.r.johnson@state.or.us 971-673-3389

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THW Steering Committee Sunset and Transition Period


THW Temporary Administrative Rules

The Oregon Health Authority, Office of Equity and Inclusion has temporarily adopted OAR 410-180-0300 – 410-180-0380 relating to traditional health workers. This rulemaking is effective August 2, 2013 through January 28, 2014.

House Bill 3650, passed during the 2011 legislative session, mandates that members enrolled in Oregon’s coordinated care organizations (CCOs) have access to Traditional Health Workers (THW) to facilitate culturally and linguistically appropriate care. The purpose of these rules is to develop standard guidelines for a state-wide THW Program to train, certify, and provisionally certify THWs, including Community Health Workers, Peer Wellness Specialists, Personal Health Navigators, Peer Support Specialists, and Doulas. These rules establish competency requirements for each THW type; a THW registry and background check requirements for placement on the registry; eligibility requirements ​and procedures for THW certification and provisional certification. These rules also establish curriculum guidelines and procedures for training programs to be approved by the Authority. OAR 410-180-0310 through 0345 regarding the certification process and background check requirements will not be effective until October 1, 2013.

The Authority needs to adopt these temporary rules to avoid a lapse in enforceable rules and to allow the Authority to extend the public comment period for permanent rulemaking to August 15, 2013, as requested by the public. The Authority may amend these rules following the end of the public comment period in response to public comment and testimony.

For more details, please see the Statement of Need and Justification and the full text of the rules. If you have any questions or would prefer a hardcopy to be sent, please contact April R. Johnson, april.r.johnson@state.or.us, (971) 673-3389.

Oregon Health Authority Approved Training Programs

Visit the page for Oregon Health Authority Approved THW Training Programs

Upcoming 2013 THW Steering Committee Meetings

Visit the page for THW Steering Committee Meetings​​​​​