Community health workers invited to share their story through art

Community health workers are invited to share their stories, experiences, and feelings of being a community health worker (CHW) in Washington. The Heart of Service Project will work with artists to capture stories of CHWs and develop art, poetry, and music that expresses the trauma, healing, and resilience of Washington’s communities.

Six Washington artists and 30 community health workers will have the opportunity to get paid to share stories, make art and just be awesome. 

The goals of the Heart of Service project are to:

  • Increase public understanding of CHW experiences and impacts, particularly with families with young children; increase the visibility of the CHW workforce.
  • Honor CHWs and their contributions.
  • Celebrate resilience of CHW participants and their communities
  • Develop culturally relevant storytelling tools to build and deepen long-term trust between CHWs and DOH.

In order to receive compensation CHWs must attend October 6 or October 8.

This opportunity is offered through a partnership with the State Department of Health, Public Health Centers for Excellence, and Washington State Community Health Workers Association.

To the best of its ability we want this project to represent the full beauty of our skills, our experiences, and our communities. Please share widely with anyone and any group you feel would find interest. 

See application flyer and links:

CHW applications

Artist applications

English Heart of Service Application English Heart of Service application
Spanish Heart of Service Application Spanish Heart of Service application

Before you go

Check out the WA Portal directory for community health workers to find other resources available on this website.