community health workers

Community Health Worker Training Emphasizes “Popular Education” Model

The Lund Report
Graduates have gone on to work in clinics and for community-based organizations – and have come back to teach

Twenty-five people are currently receiving training in community health work – the second training offered as part of the Urban League's We Are Health Movement, which has created a community health worker curriculum tailored specifically to working with African-Americans.

Preparing for New Cost-Saving, Health-Enhancing Workers on the Care Team

The Lund Report
While waiting for specific training and certification requirements from OHA, providers are making plans to hire and train the non-traditional health care workers Oregon law is bringing into the system to improve care and lower costs

October 16, 2012 -- A community health worker accompanies a heart patient to the supermarket to show him how to buy heart-healthy foods. A peer wellness specialist helps a troubled young woman navigate the mental health system and develop a tailor-made toolbox for recovery. A personal health navigator connects an elderly immigrant to a primary care physician who speaks her language and is sensitive to her fear of the formal healthcare system.

Guidelines Set for Community Health Workers to Participate in CCOs

The Lund Report
But more work needs to be done to develop the training and education programs

March 26, 2012—Community health workers who will work with coordinated care organizations (CCOs) will be expected to need 80 hours of training and education, but not be licensed, according to recommendations that a subcommittee of the Oregon Healthcare Workforce Committee expects to approve Wednesday.

The committee, called the Non-Traditional HealthCare Workforce Subcommittee, was created by the Oregon Health Policy Board to create standards and guidelines for a state-wide workforce of community health workers.

Central Oregon Sees Early Successes in Coordinated Care Model

The Lund Report
As it prepares to become a coordinated care organization in 2012, Central Oregon’s pioneering coordinated care model proves there are cost savings in coordinating care

November 10, 2011—A wide variety of organizations representing Central Oregon’s healthcare community were talking about creating a coordinated model of providing health care before the Legislature even began thinking about it.

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