Learn benefits of integrating community health workers into hospital teams

June 6, 2019

 

Community health workers (CHWs) can become crucial links between hospitals and health systems and the communities they serve, helping patients overcome barriers to care, according to speakers at a recent Association for Community Health Improvement workshop.

Bella Irizarry, a CHW program coordinator for the Buffalo (N.Y.) Urban League, said she was able to help numerous patients who resisted hospital visits during her work as a CHW with Catholic Health System. For example, she helped a woman get a needed blood transfusion. She also tracked down an infant with dangerous levels of lead in his bloodstream and connected him to treatment. Click here to continue reading.


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