WEBINAR: The Role of Community Health Workers in Chronic Disease Management and Behavioral Health in Rural Areas
February 21 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
- Recognize the process of building a CHW program in a rural and/or underserved area;
- Describe the role of a CHW in diabetes management;
- Evaluate options for program payment and funding sustainability;
- Describe how CHWs help providers reduce barriers of care via shared management of patients;
- Identify the role of the CHW in reducing manageable health disparities and how this influences outcomes in chronic disease; and
- Consider the logistical challenges in developing a new CHW position and embedding it into the daily operational workflow.
More About our Speakers
Amber Culver works at the North Country Health Consortium, in Littleton, NH in the position of Community Health Worker. Amber is currently working with patients aged 65 and older, addressing their needs around social determinants of health and helping them to overcome barriers that prevent successful management of chronic health conditions. Amber is a trained Peer Leader for the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program; she is also a “Matter of Balance” coach, and a “Tai Ji Quan- Moving for Better Balance” leader. Amber has over six years of experience as a Licensed Nursing Assistant working in nursing homes, with a focus on rehabilitation and helping to prepare patients to return home.
James Pleischl is a Community Health Worker for Ammonoosuc Community Health Center, Inc. James has earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. His background is in law enforcement which he later switched to working with youth-at- risk, he is now pursuing his Master’s in mental health counseling. James has worked for Ammonoosuc Community Health Center for approximately 2 months. Ammonoosuc Community Health Center provides a wide variety of services to the public, from medical, dental and mental health. His role provides comprehensive support services to patients with mental health and addiction problems and their families. The position includes patient care in a primary care setting and in the community and involves direct contact with people requiring empathy and sensitivity.