Community health worker
Rural and Urban Access to Health, an integrated network of field-based workers, connects vulnerable populations to health, human, and social services in nine largely rural counties in central Indiana.
Using culturally competent and respectful methods of recruitment and advocacy, the Native Sisters program uses lay health advisers to provide American Indian women living in urban areas with breast cancer education, advocacy, and support, leading to enhanced access to screening services.
A church-based program trains congregational members to be volunteer “health representatives” for their churches. These representatives provide health and disease prevention education and health screenings related to health priorities established by the church and its pastor, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
Work Healthy brought together an interdisciplinary team of certified nurse practitioners, health educators, and community health workers to provide onsite health education, health promotion, and primary care services to low-income, uninsured workers in the mushroom industry.
A pediatric asthma management program led to a significant decline in the percentage of patients with moderate to severe asthma, improved quality of life, and sizable decreases in hospitalizations and costs.