Community Health Worker Program
Since 1986, HC One has trained thousands of parents, community health workers and direct service providers to promote breastfeeding, provide pregnancy and birthing support, and prevent infant mortality, with significant documented results. In addition, HC One assists organizations in developing and implementing innovative, research-based initiatives that directly impact health disparities.
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- What is a Community Health Worker?
- CHW Program Development
- CHW Training
- The Chicago Community Health Workers Local Network
What is a Community Health Worker?
Across the United States, the Community Health Worker (CHW) is emerging as a vital link between underserved communities and health care providers. As members of the communities they serve, community health workers provide culturally appropriate outreach, prevention, intervention, and treatment services which are based in, and reflect, the value systems of the community. CHWs are an effective and efficient means of improving community health by linking communities and health care systems.
CHWs educate individuals and communities and facilitate access to needed services. CHWs can be breastfeeding peer counselors, doulas, poison prevention educators, asthma educators, diabetes prevention educators, to name a few. They provide formal and informal community-based home visiting and case management services. They also educate providers and health care systems and help develop programs and services that are more responsive to the communities being served. They support community empowerment by providing information, leadership, and advocacy on issues impacting community health and well-being.
CHWs work neighbor-to-neighbor, teen-to-teen, refugee-to-refugee, mother-to-mother, one connection at a time.
CHW Program Development
HC One partners with community health or human service organizations to develop programs that integrate community health workers into other services.
For more information about HC One's program development support, please contact us.
HealthConnect One provides training for community health workers both locally and nationally. We base our training on popular education approaches and provide a wide range of training topics, with deeply successful results. We are proud to work with local, state and national organizations and projects, including the Chicago Urban League, Marillac House, John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Closing the Gap, the Illinois, Georgia and Alabama WIC Programs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and Best Start, Inc.
Designed in partnership with each agency, HC One's Community Health Worker Training develops community-based practitioners who are able to use their self-awareness, mastery of basic health knowledge, and leadership skills to support families in their own communities.
Training topics have included:
- Prevention of Prematurity
- Importance of Prenatal Care
- Domestic Violence
- Healthy Pregnancy
- Health Disparities
If you are interested in a community health worker training for your agency on these or any other topics, please contact us.
The Chicago Community Health Workers Local Network
HC One acts as fiscal agent and mentor to a local network by and for community health workers and promotores de salud. For information on the work of the Chicago CHW/Promotores Network, please visit the Network website.