Community Health Workers
Alma is a community health worker and focuses on providing information for the prevention of health in the community, such as type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, colon cancer, cholesterol, blood pressure, nutrition, etc.
It also helps people find resources, helps them apply for Medicaid, SNAP, ADC, etc.
What she likes most about her job is to be able to give her time and effort to the people who really need it, perform a service with all her heart and that people receive the necessary help, it gives her great satisfaction and joy.
Alma is also a breastfeeding counselor, she is happy to be able to help other moms reach the goal of giving babies a better start, she believes that breast milk is a gift of health that will benefit babies for a lifetime
A few years ago, I moved to Nebraska from Colorado. I started working at the Multicultural Coalition of Grand Island as the bilingual outreach coordinator, where I connected people to resources. I participated in the Community Health Working training through DHHS. Today, I work for the Central District Health Department, as a certified CHW and as a trained Life Style Coach for the National Diabetes Prevention Program. I love that I am being trained to work directly with people in the community!
I like to go out in the community, letting people know much their health matters, and giving out resources that promote wellness. I help people navigate the health system, address any barriers to care they may encounter, as food, housing, medical; and provide referrals for such needs. I have formed meaningful relationships with community partners.
It is an honor to represent people. I find my position as a CHW to be immense rewarding and invaluable to my growth as a person. Being out in the community doing advocacy, and making a difference in people’s lives is my biggest passion.
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER?
A community Health Worker (CHW) is a trusted member of the community. They build trusting relationships, and are able to link people to services in the community.
WHAT DOES A CHW DO?
1. Serves as a cultural link between public health. health care, and the community to help people live health lives.
2. Provides health information to prevent illness.
3. Helps people find resources.
4. Help manage a person's schedule of appointments and tests.
5. Helps apply for medicaid and other benefits.