Our Mission & Vision

The mission of the DFW-CHW Association is to unite CHW and CHW Instructors for professional development and community outreach.

The DFW-CHW Association is here to serve you and provide you with the tools to successfully serve your community. Please take a look around our website. Learn more about us through our mission, our goals, view our past projects and events, find training opportunities, browse our resources, and find out how you can join our devoted non-profit member-driven organization today!

Board of Directors


Crystal Perez, CHW

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Kristal Acosta, CHW


Members At-Large

Karla Alvarado, CHW

Kim White, CHWI

Tammiko Jones, CHW

Carlene Thomas-King, CHW

Mona Elshenawy, MA, CHI, CHW Ally

James Earl, CHW Ally

Tamika Moore, CHWI

Teresa Ustanik, CHW

Ashley Torres, CHW

Executive Director

Denise Hernandez, PhD, MPH, CHWI

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Former Board of Director Members

Martha Maldonado, CHWI
Katy Nimmons  
Ashley Rodriguez, CCHW, CCHWI 
Ashley White, CCHW
Lori Millner, Ph.D
Mercedes Cruz-Duque, CCHW
Lisa Padilla, CHWI

Jessica Davila, CHW
Teresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, CHWI
Laura DeHoyos, CCHW, CCHWI
Melissa Gomez, CCHWI
Tamara Venters, CCHWI
Belinda Hampton, CHWI
Cora Giddens, CHW

Our History


Discussions begin

Discussion about starting a local association are led by Denise Hernandez. CHW leaders and allies across the metroplex met consistently for 2 years to outline the structure and purpose of the organization. 


Formally established as a 501(c)3

The DFW-CHW Association received its articles of incorporation and was established as 501(c)3.


Binational Health Week Symposium

Hosted the Binational Health Week Symposium in partnership with the Mexican Consulate and the University of Texas at Arlington.


1st Employer Forum

Hosted first CHW Employer Forum to advocate for adequate supervision and collaboration with CHWs in the workplace.


1st Annual Regional Conference

Hosted the First Annual Regional Conference for CHWs across the metroplex. 


Expanded Membership Support 

Amid the pandemic, the DFW-CHW Association established the Membership Relief Fund and focused on COVID-19 related activities.


Established Executive Director Position

With the growth of the association, the Board voted to officially establish an Executive Director position to focus on expanding collaborations and partnerships with CHW allies across the metroplex.

Teamwork, women's power!

DFW-CFW Projects

The DFW-CHW Association offers engaging professional development events including four quarterly meetings annually, an annual conference, and other continuing education classes. We also provide a range of opportunities to participate in various CHW-led projects, the following is a a glimpse of the projects we’ve worked on and some events held to-date.