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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
3072.0: Monday, December 12, 2005 - Board 7

Abstract #110010

Bringing community health workers into the electronic age

Kimberly Conner, Community Health Advocate Division, Wright State University Center for Healthy Communities, 444 W. Third St., 13-204, Dayton, OH 45402, 937-512-4039, kimberly.conner@wright.edu, Karen Doty, Advocate, Division of Community Health Advocacy, Wright State University Center for Healthy Communities, 444 W. Third St., 13-204, Dayton, OH 45402, Mary M. Crimmins, MA, Wright State University, Center for Healthy Communities, 140 East Monument Avenue, Dayton, OH 45402, and Carla Clasen, RN/MPH, Center for Healthy Communities, Wright State University, 140 East Monument Avenue, Dayton, OH 45402.

Community Health Advocates, known more broadly as Community Health Workers, are an important component of HealthLink Miami Valley (HLMV), a Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA) funded Community Access Program in the city of Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. HLMV has improved access to health care for the health uninsured and underserved communities by linking health and social service agencies together as “Portal Sites” which identify individuals or families in need of services and refers them to Community Health Advocates, who then assist them to apply for Medicaid if appropriate and/or educate them about other medical and social resources they may be eligible to receive. As part of the HLMV project, a web-based data collection storage system was developed, and is available through role-based access on a virtual private network. This presentation will describe in detail the work of the Community Health Advocate how the design of the data system is currently used to specifically complement and enhance the work of the Advocates. We will discuss the processes involved in moving Advocates from a long-term paper system to the electronic web-based data system. Advantages and benefits realized from this change will be discussed, and pitfalls and barriers to changing from paper to electronic media will be identified with strategies to minimize them.

Learning Objectives:

  • At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to

    Presenting author's disclosure statement:

    I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.

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