Maternal Health

Coya Taylor: Healthy babies in Butler County
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Coya Taylor: Healthy babies in Butler County

As an RN and the Medicaid Program Supervisor at the Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC), Coya Taylor supervises a group of Community Health Workers (CHWs) who are a part of a Medicaid grant for reducing infant mortality. “We’re the lead entity for the grant in Butler County, partnering with six other agencies.” “Our grant…

The Federal Poverty Level is holding us back
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The Federal Poverty Level is holding us back

“The current public assistance program structure creates economic disincentives for individuals to strive toward career advancement and rise out of poverty”. —Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, researches and analyzes gender based income inequities. They are the “region’s expert on the status of women’s economic self-sufficiency”….

Reducing infant mortality and low birth weight with Denise Harris
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Reducing infant mortality and low birth weight with Denise Harris

Denise Harris is the Maternal and Child Health Care Coordination Supervisor for Health Care Access Now (HCAN). That means she leads a team of five Community Healthcare Workers (CHWs) who help remove impediments for pregnant mothers, with the end goal being reduced infant mortality and low birth weight rates. Stillbirth rates vary based on ethnicity….

Two new positions at HCAN allow for more effective outreach
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Two new positions at HCAN allow for more effective outreach

Health Care Access Now is a certified member HUB in the Ohio Network of Certified Pathways Community HUBs. What does that mean? More effective outreach and more powerful support to help clients overcome barriers in order to access health care.  The HUB model allows Community Health Workers (CHWs) and support organizations to take a holistic…

How are some children coping without their school nurse?

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…

Tracking data, ensuring accuracy: CHW Diane Hawkins
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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…

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