South Carolina Community Health Worker Annual 2020 ConferenceOriginally scheduled Annual Conference for March 27, 2020, will be postponed to August 14, 2020. The same location The River Center at Saluda Shoals and the time 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM. DETAILS TO FOLLOW!
Executive Board Members:
Chair: Darin Thomas
Vice-Chair: Lillie Fox
Secretary: Scott Thorpe
Treasurer: Kelly Duffy
Meet the Executive Board:
Marek Calhoun resides of Darlington, SC and has lived in Darlington County since 2001. Marek currently
serves as the Director of Social and Community Services for CareSouth Carolina’s Community Health
Services Division. CareSouth Carolina is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the Pee Dee
Region of South Carolina. Marek received his B.A. in Psychology and Criminology from Coker University.
He later received an M.A. degree in Community Mental Counseling from Webster University and a M.S.
degree in Administration of Justice and Security from the University of Phoenix. Marek is a retired
member of the Hartsville Police Department retiring in 2006 where he received several commendations
during his time with the Hartsville Police Department. Marek has been with CareSouth Carolina for the
past 13 years beginning his career in its Vantage Point Division which serves as the Pee Dee area Aging
and Disability Resource Center (Area Agency on Aging). With Vantage Point Marek served as the
Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman for the Pee Dee Region working with resident of long term care
facilities and their families. Marek later accepted a position with CareSouth Carolina’s Operations
Division as a Site Administrator overseeing several of medical centers within CareSouth Carolina. Marek
was later promoted to the Community Services Manager and then in August of 2019 promoted to
Director of Social and Community Services the position he current holds. Marek serves on several
boards and advisory councils to include the Advisory Council for both the New Beginnings Transitional
Women’s Shelter and South Carolina Agricultural Worker Health Program. In addition, Marek serves on
the Board of Directors for the Darlington County Habitat for Humanities, Chesterfield County First Steps
and South Carolina Community Health Worker Association. Marek is South Carolina Community Health
Workers Ambassadors with the Community Health Worker Institute. Marek is also a Behavioral
Interventionist, working closely with children and families to provide behavior modification,
psychosocial rehabilitation and family support services. Marek is a diehard football fan and enjoys
cheering on the Las Vegas Raiders. Marek enjoys cooking and spending time with his family especially
his wife Eutashia who were recently married in May 2019 and his son Messiah who affectionately goes
by the nick name “Bubba.”
When ask what drive and motivates him, Marek says “I want to make a difference in the lives of people,
that’s what drives me every day; knowing that CareSouth Carolina, my team and I have touched and
made a difference in the lives of those in the community we serve.”
Kelly Duffy is the Data Coordinator & Administrative Assistant at AccessHealth Spartanburg. She is responsible for data management & analytics, creating & pulling reports, and invoice & reimbursement processing as well as other logistical duties. Kelly works alongside Community Health Workers to assist clients in identifying and accessing the range of available services and support they need to stabilize and improve their health and lives. She understands the value CHWs bring to communities and the clients they serve.
Prior work experience includes MGC – Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System as a Business Office Representative and at Johns Hopkins University – Center for Learning and Health in Maryland as a Research Program Assistant.
In her off time, Kelly enjoys reading, spending time with her rescue dog, Riley, and being an aunt to 5 nephews.
Originally from Cuba, Ana Cossio came to the United States 13 years ago with her husband and 8 year old son. Upon learning a new language and how to navigate new and often challenging health and social service systems, Ana now uses her experiences to connect with and support other Latino immigrants that are facing similar challenges. Ana holds an educational degree from Cuba with a concentration in Biology, and was a professor there for 10 years. Ana has earned the SC Community Health Worker (CHW) certificate, and is currently obtaining her Masters of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Passionate about serving others and advocating for the rights of underserved communities, Ana has been an integral member of the PASOs team since 2009. Ana is the former PASOs Midlands Coordinator, and recently has been promoted to the statewide Training Manager position at the PASOs Central Office. The Training Manager works to help PASOs achieve its mission of Latino leadership development by providing high quality training to PASOs’ Community Health Workers. Another part of her goals includes the expansion of PASOs’ CHW training program in order to offer the training to other organizations. Ana has helped train over 50 Promotores (CHWs in Spanish).
Lillie Fox graduated from from Coker College with a BSW degree in social work, then from South University with a M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology and I had 36 hours toward my ME.D. in school guidance counseling from Liberty University. Lillie has 25 plus years of experience working with diverse communities. She is the founder of Agape’ Placement , Inc and Family Services Alternative. Lillie brings with her in depth experience of advocating clients’ needs to schools, courts systems, and human health agencies.
Tracy Golden serves as Senior Community Health Worker Manager and a Certified Childbirth Educator for Family Solutions of the Low Country. In this role, she supervises the community health workers. Additionally, she is responsible for coordinating and implementing activities for FSLC to assure goals, objectives and strategies of the program are met. Tracy’s responsibility as a Certified Childbirth Educator is to plan, implement and teach childbirth classes to the participants in all five counties served by Family Solutions.She been a community health worker for 16 years.
Prior to joining Family Solutions, Tracy was an Information Systems Engineer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. Tracy is a member of the SC Breastfeeding Coalition, Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, SC Community Health Workers Association, and the SC Perinatal Association.
Tracy is very involved in her community, she serves as Bamberg County First Steps Board Chairman and is a member of the Bamberg County Health Coalition.
She an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Tau Omega Chapter in Denmark, SC.
Tracy received her Bachelor of Science degree from Voorhees College.
Living in Williston in rural Barnwell County, Terri has a passion for meeting the needs of underserved South Carolinians in every county. She has worked as a Victim Advocate and Coordinator of a county Guardian ad Litem program. As the Director of Healthy Columbia, Terri and her team worked to establish the original CHW credentialing process in South Carolina. She is excited by the progress the SCCHWA is making to improve CHW training and in developing a SCCHWA Credentialing Council to insure the best quality CHW workforce possible. Terri is also convening a workgroup to address CHW Supervisor training and establish Best Practices for Medical Practices working in underserved communities. She advocates vigorously for policies to expand the role of CHWs in South Carolina
Terri is a farmer, mother of 2 sons, caregiver, political activist, community organizers, church leader and kayaker.
Cyndi New, MBA, BSN, ACM-RN, serves as Innovation Manager for AccessHealth SC with the South Carolina Hospital Association.
Her leadership supports AccessHealth networks across the state in creating and sustaining coordinated data-driven networks of care that ensure timely, affordable, high-quality healthcare services for low-income uninsured residents of South Carolina.
Cyndi earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lander University and received her MBA in Healthcare Leadership from Anderson University. An emergency room nurse and case manager by background,
she has served in a variety of leadership roles. Through collaboration and teamwork, she developed and implemented population health programs focusing on social determinants of health, health literacy, and patient advocacy. These programs utilized the expertise of CHWs.
Cyndi resides with her family in Abbeville, SC and serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties.
Julie Smithwick graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in International Studies and Spanish, then from the University of South Carolina with a Master’s in Social Work. Julie has twenty years of experience working with disadvantaged Latino communities, beginning as a Community Health Worker in Latin America and the southeastern states of the US. She is the founder and Executive Director of PASOs, a community-based organization affiliated with the University of South Carolina and four health-focused institutions throughout the state, that supports Latino families from 29 of 46 counties of South Carolina. Julie and her team have worked for the last eleven years in partnership with Latino communities to fill health and early childhood gaps, at both community and systemic-levels, using the Community Health Worker model. Julie is an active advocate and public speaker on behalf of underserved communities and inclusion, and is a Board member of Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, Edventure Children’s Museum, and the Foundation for Southern Communities. She is also on the National Coordinating Council for the formation of a National CHW/Promotores/CHR organization.
Darin Thomas is a Licensed Social Worker who works with low income communities to achieve optimal health. Darin believes that all people in every community deserve the right to health access and opportunities for a healthy lifestyle. Darin has worked with several populations in a variety of settings. Darin’s background as a Social Worker has led him to work as an in-patient psychotherapist, in-patient Medical Social Worker, Emergency Room Social Worker, and most recently as the Neighborhood Health Partners Social Worker – a pilot study paired with Community Paramedics. His current role as a Program Development Manager at Prisma Health-Upstate gives him the opportunity to be the instructor to the newly hired Community Health Workers.
Scott has spent the last six years working at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control in the Midlands Region around public health and community health issues. He currently serves as the Region Health Director. Prior to coming to Columbia, he worked for the Delmarva Foundation and then Bon Secours, where he developed a CHW program and supervised CHWs.
A certification with SCCHWA provides opportunities for furthering knowledge, skills, and formal education.