Community Health Workers (CHWs)
CHWs are members of the community they serve; they have the unique ability to bring information where it is needed most. They can reach community residents where they live, eat, play, work, and worship. CHWs are frontline agents of change, helping to reduce health disparities in underserved communities.
Purpose & Goals of Connections:
- Identify and enroll eligible participants for Medicaid-funded programs to increase residents receiving primary care.
- Improve access to preventive health services to benefit overall health and wellness of our community.
- Serve as a link between community and various medical and social services to streamline healthcare access.
How it works:
This program is designed to meet residents in the comfort of their own community. Appointments can be scheduled for an in-person or virtual setting.
CHWs provide health education and referrals to help people get the care they need. Our most common referrals and connections are listed below.
**Barry-Eaton District Health Department has received funding from The Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Office of Equity and Minority Health (OEMH). Funds are to address health disparities and advance health equity by expanding health departments' capacity and services among underserved populations.