Becoming a certified CHW (Community Health Worker) in Virginia, certified Health Coach in New Jersey and an advocate helping those who are unfortunate, underserved and have a sense of not being able to obtain good health services in our community as well as an advocate for those who are victims of domestic violence, drug addicts and those suffering from mental health issues is and will always be my WHY.
Over the years being able to serve in this capacity because I came from a community, household and streets where I lived among those who I have helped for over 40 + years now. "A Girl's Cry in the Dark" is my true story where I share what I went through and how I lived among those who suffered in the dark and we all felt that there is no way to get out of mental torment that we experienced in the streets of communities that just passed us by.
Today, I continue my quest to help as many people as I can that is why I created this business, and service to others so that we all can see the benefits of becoming a CHW. Just in case you do not know the benefits here are a few to remind you that YOU can make a difference to and help those to create what they need to overcome the obstacles, build trust in our health care system and hold value in care that they and all truly deserve.
Community health workers (CHWs) are frontline agents of change who help reduce health disparities in underserved communities. We play a vital role in improving the health and well-being of their communities by providing a range of services, including:
Improved access to healthcare services: CHWs can reach community residents where they live, eat, play, work, and worship. They can help connect people with healthcare providers and services that they might not have been aware of otherwise 1.
Increased health and screening: CHWs can help increase the use of health care services by providing education and information about preventive care, screenings, and other health-related topics 1.
Enhanced communication between community members and health providers: CHWs can help bridge the gap between community members and healthcare providers by acting as a liaison between the two groups. They can help translate medical jargon into plain language and provide culturally appropriate health education 1.
Improved adherence to health recommendations: CHWs can help patients understand their diagnoses, medications, and treatment plans. They can also provide support and encouragement to help patients stick to their treatment plans 1.
Developing trusting, one-on-one relationships with patients: CHWs can build strong relationships with patients by providing personalized care and support. Patients are more likely to follow through with their treatment plans when they feel that their healthcare provider cares about them as individuals 1.
Acting as a liaison between the healthcare system, patients, and families/caregivers: CHWs can help coordinate care between patients, families/caregivers, and healthcare providers. They can also provide emotional support to patients and their families/caregivers 1.
Gaining support from other organizations serving the community: CHWs can work with other organizations serving the community to provide comprehensive care to patients. This can include social services organizations, faith-based organizations, and other community groups 1.
Becoming a CHW is an excellent way to make a difference in your community while also gaining valuable skills and experience in the healthcare field.
Looking to have professional training for your newly hired staff, are you seeking help with creating a plan to provide value in care, are you looking to get better insight on decreasing hospital readmissions? We are here to help. Reach out to CHW Liberation Consulting today for more information.