Our Culture of Health

What is a Community Health Worker (CHW)?

What is a Community Health Worker (CHW)? The nursing profession has a long and credible history developing the workforce to meet health needs of the population. Active engagement of nurses in health systems transformation is necessary if nurses are to remain visible, relevant, and impactful. One area where nurses – the largest and most trusted of health professions – have been curiously silent is the changing workforce, particularly in development of the community health worker role.”
(Karsting, K. (2017). The Emerging Role of the Community Health Worker (CHW): Nurses as Champions and Policy-leaders in a Transforming Health Care System. Retrieved from abstract). Please see her report in the link below.


Kathy Karsting, RN, MPH was named a Public Health Nurse Leader by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in late 2015. As a PHNL, Karsting works with RWJF and the Culture of Health framework to improve population health, well-being and equity. Karsting is employed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, where she is program manager for Maternal Child and Adolescent Health programs, primarily working with the Title V MCH block grant to identify and address priorities of the maternal, infant, early childhood, school-aged, and adolescent populations in that state. Karsting also works with the Nebraska Action Coalition -Future of Nursing organization in a collaborative project to identify, educate others about, and leverage the unique contributions of nursing in health systems transformation.

Culture of Health Summit in Nebraska Oct 15 & 16 2015

Oct. 15th Morning presentation: State Senator Sue Crawford  Beyond Health Disparities: Healthy Outcomes for All

Oct. 15th Afternoon presentation: Courtney Phillips, CEO, NE DHHS Culture of Health in Nebraska Summit

Oct. 16th Morning presentation: Kathryn Wehr, Program Officer – RWJF Vision to Action: An Overview of a Culture of Health

Oct. 16th Afternoon presentation: Marilyn Valerio PhD, RN  The Power of Collaboration on a Culture of Health

Post Summit: Executive Overview Day 1 of Summit

2015 Summit Report: Defining and Transforming a Culture of Health in Nebraska