Amanda Sorrells Young is the first Chair of the Virginia CHW Workforce Development Council. She serves as the Project Manager for the Community Health Worker (CHW) Initiative of the Dan River Region (City of Danville, VA, Pittsylvania County, VA, and Caswell County, NC). The CHW Initiative is a partnership among 8 organizations tasked with increasing the region’s ability to help citizens manage chronic disease through individual health planning, community engagement and workforce development. As Project Manager, Amanda is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, and completion of the CHW Initiative.

Patrice Shelton is the first Vice-Chair of the Virginia CHW Workforce Development Council. She is the founder and Executive Director of Hillside Court Partnership, and a Certified Community Health Worker (Senior) for the Virginia Department of Health/Richmond City Health Department. In addition to her work in housing, Patrice serves on the Citizens Advisory Board of the Maggie L. Walker Initiative for Expanding Opportunity and Fighting Poverty. The Board works in collaboration with the Initiative to identify the structural roots of entrenched poverty in the City of Richmond and to identify policy strategies with the potential to transform the landscape of opportunity for city residents suffering from poverty and its consequences.