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PRESS RELEASE: June 6th declared Community Health Worker Day in Cincinnati

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mayor Aftab Pureval has declared June 6th Community Health Worker (CHW) Day in Cincinnati. All are welcome to celebrate. CHWs make a profound difference in vulnerable communities, working toward health equity and to increase good health outcomes. Festivities will begin at noon on June 6th on Fountain Square. Hamilton County Commissioner Denise…

The link between mental health and transportation barriers
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The link between mental health and transportation barriers

Transportation is a major social determinant of health and health equity. It’s one of the most frequently needed of the HUB Pathways that Health Care Access Now (HCAN)’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) address with clients. The ability to access reliable, convenient, safe transportation is intertwined with mental health. It goes both ways: Mental health issues…

PRESS RELEASE: New HCAN program designed to prevent criminal recidivism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Health Care Access Now (HCAN), in collaboration with the All-In Cincinnati Equity Coalition, has developed a program that educates and removes barriers for individuals who have entered the criminal justice system. HCAN’s dedicated Community Health Workers (CHWs) serve clients referred by Judge Janaya Trotter Bratton and Judge Wende C. Cross. Judges Bratton…

Transportation to medical appointments: The effect of MCO-contracted rides
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Transportation to medical appointments: The effect of MCO-contracted rides

Imagine you didn’t have access to a reliable personal vehicle, or that your monthly budget for gas had already been spent. How do you get to your doctor’s appointments? You could call a friend or family member to give you a ride—but they have jobs from which it is difficult to get time off. You…

Overcoming obstacles to establishing a medical home
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Overcoming obstacles to establishing a medical home

People who have not established a medical home often have neglected to do so because they face obstacles that can seem insurmountable.  A medical home is the central provider (or group of providers) patients use for health care. A general practitioner serves as the fundamental health advisor, but other specialists—such as a dentist, optometrist, OB-GYN,…

CHWs in the community: a medical home for everybody
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CHWs in the community: a medical home for everybody

The Community Health Workers (CHWs) of Health Care Access Now (HCAN) recently got together to talk about the challenges they face connecting clients with medical homes—and the great things that can happen once clients receive regular preventive medical care. The challenges HCAN’s CHWs provide one-on-one care to vulnerable and/or marginalized community members by helping them…

PRESS RELEASE: Health Care Access Now receives $250,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Health Care Access Now (HCAN) has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Health to fund the recruitment and training of three cohorts of 15-20 Community Health Workers (CHWs) from Latino, Asian, and indigenous populations.   HCAN trains CHWs to work in the field, providing resources and connections for pregnant…

Why some HCAN clients resist medical homes
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Why some HCAN clients resist medical homes

TRIGGER WARNING: References to health data and science experiments done on Black people. A recent scene in the HBO series Insecure shows Molly rushing to the hospital to meet her family. Her mother has just had a stroke. The doctor approaches them and says it’s time to say their good-byes. The family is shocked. The…

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…