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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…

One person’s inconvenience is another’s serious consequence

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…

Kiana Trabue: Data-driven collaborative health improvement

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…

What is a Community Health Worker?

What is a Community Health Worker?

Sign up today! —> Connect with a Community Health Worker. Call 513-707-5697 or complete the online application form. Community Health Workers (CHWs) positively affect vulnerable communities! They serve as liaisons between medical and social services and the community. They advocate for change and cultural competency of services delivered, as well as improving access to quality care. CHWs build individual and…

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…

Health Care Access Now is growing and expanding
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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…

What is Care Coordination?

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,…

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…

Ohio Commission on Minority Health continues commitment to Health Care Access Now
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Ohio Commission on Minority Health continues commitment to Health Care Access Now

Ohio Commission on Minority Health (OCMH) has generously awarded $288,000 to Health Care Access Now for calendar year 2020. This marks the fifth consecutive year that HCAN has received this award. HCAN will use these funds to deliver the Pathways Community HUB model, an evidence-based approach focused on decreasing infant mortality. This grant will provide…