With support from the Mt. Sinai Health Foundation, Tri-C ‘s newly hired Community Health Worker, Millette King, M.Ed., LSW, CCHW, is providing expanded services to students and community members through the Better Health Pathways HUB care coordination system.
Participants served through Tri-C’s CCA have complex health, social and economic needs, with the most frequent being a request for housing. For example, Tri-C is currently working with a participant who receives dialysis three days a week. He lives in a deplorable and unsafe housing environment that is not ideal for anyone, especially someone with a compromised immune system. The participant recently had his apartment riddled with bullets and his exterior door ruined with a multitude of knife stabs.
Millette has been working to identify alternative housing, but options are very limited because of the participant’s income and age. Working with the Fair Housing Center for Rights & Research, Millette and Tri-C were able to arrange a meeting with apartment management. Due to the impact of the trauma experienced by this participant, they were immediately moved to a different floor and have been placed at the top of the wait list for relocation to a different property.
In addition to the full-time CHW that Tri-C has hired, students in Tri-C’s Community Health Worker Program are also available to support participants with a variety of services. Having established the college as a clinical site for the Community Health Worker Program allows students to obtain evening and weekend clinical assignments to complete their program – a win-win for individual career development and our community!