Cabarrus Health Alliance Receives Funding From CDC To Launch Community Health Worker Program

CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – The Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) will expand community efforts to address the impact of COVID-19 among priority populations with funding from the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and community health workers promoting health for the COVID response and the Resilient Communities Initiative (CCR).

The three-year grant will allow CHA to integrate six community health workers (CHWs) into organizations and care teams across the community by partnering with the following organizations in Cabarrus County:

Cabarrus County Health and Human Services Department

The free community clinic

El Puente Hispano

Cooperative Christian ministry

Cabarrus Health Alliance Communicable Diseases and Women’s Health Clinic

The American Public Health Association (APHA) defines a community health worker as a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of the community and / or who has a solid understanding of the community served. This relationship of trust, between the CHW and the community, allows them to act as a liaison or a link between those they serve and the health or social service agencies to improve the quality and cultural competence of care.

“These partnerships and the physical placement of CHWs in our community will help improve health outcomes among our African American and Hispanic populations affected by COVID-19,” said Dr. Bonnie Coyle, CHA’s director of public health. “The data shows us that there has been an increased prevalence of COVID-19 among historically marginalized populations, which we know face long-standing health disparities. We need to do more to meet people where they are, and this program allows us to do just that. “

Funding of community health workers for the response to COVID and resilient communities (CRC) aims to respond to:

  • Disparities in access to services related to COVID-19, such as testing, contact tracing and vaccination.
  • Factors that increase the risk of serious COVID-19 disease, such as chronic disease, smoking, and pregnancy.
  • Community needs that have been exacerbated by COVID-19, such as access to health and mental health care and food insecurity.

In addition to expanding community work related to COVID-19, CHA will strive to strengthen the knowledge, roles and skills of CHW staff so that they are ready to successfully engage in public health actions. existing and local communities to manage COVID-19 among priority populations.

The CHA and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) were the only North Carolina agencies to receive the award. NCDHHS plans to partner with 15 stakeholder organizations to help integrate CHWs statewide.

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