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food scarcity, covid-19, cinncinnati

One person’s inconvenience is another’s serious consequence

Most people, in Ohio, and across the country (and the world!), have seen a shortage at their grocery store of food and other basic household items caused by the coronavirus pandemic. There are countless photos across the internet of empty toilet paper shelves. People posting their photos in both outrage and in hilarity. Whether you […]

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GEN-H Health Collaborative Cincinnati Ohio

Kiana Trabue: data-driven collaborative health improvement

Kiana Trabue is the Executive Director of Population Health Strategies at The Health Collaborative, which is a regional health improvement non-profit organization. “Our mission is to lead data-driven improvement that results in healthier people, better care, and lower costs. Our vision is for Greater Cincinnati to be healthy by design, and for everyone to be connected […]

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What is a Community Health Worker?

What is a Community Health Worker?

A Community Health Worker (CHW) serves as a liaison between the medical and social services entities and the community residents. They advocate for change, improve access to the quality of care, and cultural competency of services delivered. A Community Health Worker also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range […]

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School Nurse COVID-19

How are some children coping without their school nurse?

Community Health Worker Steve Fortson says some children are facing a dilemma now that schools across Ohio are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. He works to bring health to their home. Steve Fortson (seen here with his daughter Skylar) is a Community Health Worker for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where he is currently working with […]

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Diane Hawkins, Community Health Worker at Health Care Access Now

Tracking data, ensuring accuracy: CHW Diane Hawkins

Diane Hawkins, Community Health Worker for Healthcare Access Now, has a natural flair for numbers. Before becoming certified as a CHW, she was “working in an accounting office, processing the same data every month.” She was good at her job, but it was no longer fulfilling: “It got so monotonous. I wanted to work with […]

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Welcome new staff members

Health Care Access Now is growing and expanding

In order to have greater impact on the health of our clients HCAN is expanding its staff. We are pleased to introduce two new talented members:   Tiffany Sowell, Certified Community Health Worker Tiffany is a Certified Community Health Worker who joined the HCAN staff in December 2019. She primarily works with clients in Butler […]

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Care Coordination in Cincinnati

What is Care Coordination?

The term “Care Coordination” is most commonly associated with medical providers, like doctors and nurses. In the medical provider realm care coordination is undertaken by multiple doctors who agree to share their findings concerning their common patient. The goal of their coordinated care is to improve health outcomes and also simultaneously reduce health care costs, […]

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Help for homelessness

Not here to judge, here to help: CHW Lynniece Scurry

Lynniece D. Scurry, Certified Community Health Worker for Healthcare Access Now, tells a compelling story of one community member who benefited from the work she does: A pregnant woman with two children had just arrived from out of state. She was supposed to have been staying with a friend, but they weren’t getting along.  “She […]

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Interview with Giacoma Telich Health Care Access Now

Seeing the breakthrough with CHW Giacoma Telich

Giacoma Telich, Certified Community Health Worker at HCAN, refers to herself as a “big encourager.” One element of her job that she finds most satisfying is connecting with new people and seeing their breakthroughs. “I can walk into a situation where people have a wall up, but by the end of the day, we’re hugging,” […]

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