Community health workers (CHW) come from a variety of backgrounds. Working under many different titles and in many different settings, they bring their training along with their attributes and shared language, culture, and/or life experience to effectively provide culturally-competent outreach, patient education, navigation, care coordination, and/or advocacy to underserved individuals, families, and communities.
Meet a few of Minnesota’s Community Health Workers!
Successful self-starter, pioneer and dedicated community health advocate describe Community Health Worker Fatumo Abduladir. Two years ago, while visiting her sister in St. Cloud, she spotted a job announcement for a brand new community health worker (CHW) position at CentraCare Health System. “I loved the role and knew it would be a great fit for…
Community Health Workers (CHW), work under many different titles and in many different settings. They bring their training along with their shared language, culture, and/or life experience to effectively provide culturally-competent outreach, patient education, navigation, care coordination, and/or advocacy to underserved individuals, families, and communities. They advance health equity, help achieve the Triple Aim (improve…
As featured in the Star Tribune, one local CHW helps remove the barriers that keep Native American people from getting a colon cancer screening. Read more in On the Job with Joy Rivera. Photo by Tom Witta…
"CHWs help in the clinic by involving the whole team in the care of the patient including the parents and other caretakers. CHWs are able to spend more time with patients and their families than providers and nurses. CHWs send patient and family concerns back to the providers and link them to the appropriate community resources.
CHWs help improve asthma scores by ensuring that patients make it to their appointments. We provide appointment reminders and eliminate barriers that might prevent patients to come to their appointments, such as transportation and other issues as they arise."
— Hawa Jama, Community Health Worker Sr., Hennepin County Medical Center, Pediatric Clinic