Online Program

Utilizing community health workers for evidence-based interventions in inkster, Michigan

Monday, November 4, 2013

Kirstie M. King, BS, MSW, The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Octavia Smith, Western Wayne Family Health Center, Inkster, MI
Sandy Waddell, RN, BSN, Prevention programs, The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Nationally, the Community Health Worker's (CHW) role is vast and extends too many areas within the healthcare system. The CHW can provide varying levels of health promotion and empowerment through community based organizations, including mediation, social support, health education, advocacy, direct services and culturally significant connections. Using community based organizations, training CHW's to implement evidenced –based programs takes into account community culture, dynamics and trust; while influencing behavioral and environmental changes that affect health disparities at a grassroots level. CHW's prove effective in addressing the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) within a community by developing and speaking to local policies, social norms and current health practices. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan worked with its Inkster Partnership for a Healthier Community (IPHC) coalition partners to develop unique ways to expand the concept of the CHW. This diverse list of community stakeholders range from community activist groups, African American sororities, Faith-based organizations, community based clinics and residents; all serving the city of Inkster, Michigan. These varying organizations have committed to develop the CHW concept within their respective organizations training individuals to implement evidence-based programming, address policy and increase social connectedness within Inkster. Members train to provide health literacy mentoring and other programs such as Bodyworks Inc, the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), EnhanceFitness and The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). This model acknowledges that health promotion and empowerment not only rests on the shoulders of individuals and the health care system but also those serving the community as a whole.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Discuss unique ways to utilize the Community Health Worker to implement evidenced based programming, address local policies and social norms through community based organizations. Differentiate the varying roles a CHW can play with community-based organizations versus Healthcare Systems.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Health Promotion, Health Education Strategies

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Project Specialist on this community based project and have worked in the Inkster community for a number of years building capacity around coalitions, health disparities and health education.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.