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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…

Medical home good for everyone: preventative care is better than emergency care
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Medical home good for everyone: preventative care is better than emergency care

When a person has a “medical home,” it means they have relationships with providers for all their health needs. They can see those providers for regular tests and preventative care, as well as when they’re experiencing health issues.  Having a medical home isn’t just about establishing primary care, but also dental and vision care, OB-GYN…

What is a medical home and why does it matter?
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What is a medical home and why does it matter?

A medical home is “when a patient sees a regular doctor, and the physician’s office has full knowledge of the client’s medical history,” says LaVerne Wiley.  As a Registered Nurse, Wiley was instrumental in the development of the Community Health Worker (CHW) education and certification program at Health Care Access Now (HCAN). Although she retired…

PRESS RELEASE: HCAN awarded $15,000 for Certification Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Health Care Access Now (HCAN) has received a grant of $15,000 from the PNC Foundation to be used for its Community Health Worker (CHW) Certification Program.   HCAN trains CHWs to work in the field, providing resources and connections to pregnant, maternal, pediatric, and adult clients with chronic conditions to improve health outcomes….

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…

Mental health and the holidays: stress and expectations can displace cheer
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Mental health and the holidays: stress and expectations can displace cheer

The holidays are meant to be a joyful time. You’re supposed to be filled with cheer, take time to reconnect with family, and enjoy the process of giving and receiving gifts. You’re supposed to make memories that will be cherished for years to come.  Decorate, cook, bake, buy, wrap, plan, budget, sacrifice: A lot falls…

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PRESS RELEASE: HCAN projects help with housing crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Health Care Access Now (HCAN) focuses on helping its clients overcome obstacles to good health outcomes. One serious barrier for low income or vulnerable community members is access to suitable housing. HCAN’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) have implemented new projects to alleviate the health problems that can arise from living in unsuitable…

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…