Community Health Workers

How Community Health Workers help clients establish medical homes
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How Community Health Workers help clients establish medical homes

Health Care Access Now (HCAN)’s clients often face obstacles—like lack of childcare or transportation—that keep them from seeing doctors regularly. In other words, they don’t have a medical home.  Lynniece Scurry, Community Health Worker (CHW) for HCAN, says it’s important to help her clients find a primary care physician that can act as a medical home because…

What HCAN Does with your donations
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What HCAN Does with your donations

Everyone deserves to live a healthy life. And there’s more to health than just exercising, eating right, and making good choices. It’s about having regular access to a doctor, being able to afford medications for chronic diseases, and overcoming barriers that can prevent people from having good health outcomes. Health Care Access Now (HCAN) trains…

CHWs work with clients to improve housing situations
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CHWs work with clients to improve housing situations

“Housing should be fair for everyone. Even if you need low-income housing or are coming through a housing program, you should still expect a standard,” says Giacoma Telich, Community Health Worker (CHW) for Health Care Access Now (HCAN). Many factors contribute to whether housing is suitable, she states. The bare minimum is “housing that does…

Community Health Workers’ Housing Educations
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Community Health Workers’ Housing Educations

Health Care Access Now (HCAN) trains and dispatches Community Health Workers (CHWs) to assist vulnerable people in the Cincinnati community so they can achieve good health outcomes. Using the Pathways Community HUB model (HUB), CHWs identify and help remove clients’ obstacles to a healthy life. CHWs provide Educations on each of these barriers.  One such…

Tessa Johnson: Building relationships to make a difference
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Tessa Johnson: Building relationships to make a difference

During the first year Tessa Johnson worked as a paraprofessional for the Cincinnati Public School system, she felt overwhelmed. She knew the children she helped needed more than just school support. Understanding she couldn’t reach everyone was a tough pill to swallow.  But she persevered, and now she gets messages from former students thanking her…

April Biggers: Vital part of the community
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April Biggers: Vital part of the community

April Biggers joined the Community Health Worker (CHW) program at Health Care Access Now (HCAN) on the advice of a friend—now co-worker—who raved about the position. “I knew I wanted a career, not just a job. I wanted somewhere I could grow and flourish. I wanted to be able to make a difference,” she says….

COVID “Educations” support, don’t judge
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COVID “Educations” support, don’t judge

Health Care Access Now (HCAN) and its Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s affecting all of us at the same time,” says Bettie Johnson, HUB Operations Coordinator for HCAN. As a result, they are careful to use a sensitive and non-judgmental approach to the COVID-19 Educations…

Dominique Johnson: Relating to clients and making a difference
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Dominique Johnson: Relating to clients and making a difference

Dominique Johnson spent 12 years working as a nurse before she trained as a Community Health Worker for Health Care Access Now.  “When you’re a nurse, you’re more hands-on [during health issues], but as a Community Health Worker, you can see the problems on the back end,” she says. That allows her to remedy the…

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PRESS RELEASE: Health Care Access Now receives sizeable grant to scale resources during pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE bi3, Bethesda Inc.’s grants initiative, has awarded Health Care Access Now (HCAN) $45,090 to build its capacity and training infrastructure through the purchase of Learning Management System (LMS) software. The software will allow HCAN to navigate pandemic restrictions more efficiently and effectively. Its use will also enable HCAN to scale its services….

Why join the Hub

Why join the Hub

Health Care Access Now trains and hires Community Health Workers (CHW)—but that is not all. We are also a Certified Pathways Community HUB (Hub) for the Cincinnati area. Which means we partner with agencies to help them adopt the “pathways hub model”—the same model HCAN uses to serve our clients.   The Hub model The…