Community Health Worker Training

The Wellness Coalition is working to develop partnerships with non-profit organizations in Alabama that provide direct services to low-income African Americans living in Lowndes, Macon, and Montgomery Counties. However, we can consider assisting any interested organizations. Our goal is to provide training and ongoing support to help you develop sustainable Community Health Worker (CHW) services to be offered at your organization for years to come. Watch the short video below to learn more about our training and what your organization can expect.

The Need

For many, access to healthcare services is limited due to a variety of factors including lack of transportation, language barriers, few local service providers, lack of—or inadequate—insurance, and limited knowledge about the healthcare system. When people have difficulties accessing healthcare services, their health can suffer due to reduction in addressing early warning signs or symptoms and preventing hospitalizations. Having a medical home or primary care physician can help increase appropriate medical care, patient trust, and communication between the patient and physician. Community Health Workers are the key to finding medical homes for those in need. 

Our Goal

Organizations will establish and develop relationships between clients and service providers ensuring clients are able to receive access to the services they need. In doing so, Community Health Workers will empower clients to be in control of their own health and healthcare. Assistance with applications for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace and Alabama Medicaid—as well as linking those in need with medical homes and referrals to community resources—will also help your clients use the right level of care and prevent the use of emergency departments for routine healthcare.

Why Your Organization Should Participate

The Wellness Coalition’s Community Health Worker program does not replace services you already offer. Instead, it enhances your services and will allow for greater assistance of current clients. Community Health Workers will be trained as Certified Application Counselors for the Health Insurance Marketplace and will be certified as Alabama Medicaid Application Assisters. In addition to providing invaluable services to the community, employees and staff will learn about building rapport, motivational interviewing, making referrals to outside organizations, and ethics.

The skills learned in this program can be applied to a wide range of populations, increasing your organization’s impact. Adding this program can also help you improve and develop community relationships by offering more services.

Get Involved

If your organization is interested in participating in this program or if you would like more information, please call 334-293-6493 today.

Made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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