“I describe community health workers as activists, agents of health and social change, communicators, connectors, healers, translators, relationship workers, and experts in what I call soul work,” said Stephanie Brooks, dean of Cleveland State University’s College of Health.
CHWs help people navigate the healthcare system and social service landscape to access needed resources including housing, employment, insurance and transportation. Various CHW training programs offered by Tri-C, Cleveland State University, and Kent State University - and bolstered by grant funding received by MetroHealth to grow the workforce - are described in the article.
The story highlights the diversity of employers hiring CHWs, ranging from small, community-based organizations to large health systems, and the value of partnering with the Better Health Pathways HUB to offer a shared system for client referrals and care coordination, professional development opportunities and facilitate a financial reimbursement from Medicaid managed care plans.
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