Online Program

Massachusetts CHWs: Navigating the commercial fishing community to health coverage

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Angela Sanfilippo, DHL, Fishing Partnership Support Services, Gloucester, MA
This presentation will describe the Massachusetts commercial fishing industry's community based CHW navigation program. This is a successful model of using community health workers as healthcare navigators who help commercial fishing families to access healthcare coverage, which opens the doors to the promotion of other public health initiatives.

By focusing on the role of CHWs in promoting healthcare access to this community, and by discussing the impact of Massachusetts' health reform efforts, this presentation will provide insight into the potential role of CHWs in connecting individuals and communities across the country to new coverage options under the Affordable Care Act.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the Massachusetts commercial fishing industry’s successful, community based CHW navigation program.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in various healthcare fields for more than 40 years, including as a medical translator, educator of hospital practitioners on Italian customs and culture as they relate to healthcare, and leader of a team of CHW healthcare navigators. I'm a founding member of the MA Fishing Partnership Health Plan, which led the way to statewide health reform. I also educated and supported the U.S. commercial fishing industry during the passage of the ACA.
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.