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Community Health Worker Programs

As part of the Environmental Health Capacity and Literacy Project, the Center issued two year subcontracts for community health worker (CHW) employment to a number of community-based organizations (CBO) and federally qualified health centers (FQHC) in Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi (see below).  Read about some succeesses and lessons learned from implementing this CHW program here.

Organization Name State   Parish/County   Type of Organization
Boat People SOS - Biloxi MS Harrison CBO
Boat People SOS - Bayou La Batre AL Mobile CBO
Escambia Community Clinics FL Escambia & Santa Rosa FQHC
Franklin Primary Health Center AL Mobile & Baldwin FQHC
Friends of Lafitte Greenway LA Orleans CBO
Gulf Coast Health Educators MS   Jackson, Hancock & Harrison  CBO
Jefferson Community Health Care Centers LA Jefferson FQHC
Mercy Housing and Human Development MS Jackson, Hancock & Harrison CBO
Mobile County Health Department AL Mobile FQHC
NOELA Community Health Center LA Orleans FQHC
New Orleans Musician's Clinic & Assistance Foundation LA Orleans CBO
PanCare of Florida FL Walton & Bay FQHC
Plaquemines Community CARE Centers Foundation LA Plaquemines CBO
Pneuma Winds of Hope  - Starfish Cafe MS Hancock CBO
Teche Action Clinic LA Terrebonne & Lafourche FQHC
United Houma Nation LA Terrebonne CBO
Vietnamese Intiatives in Economic Training (VIET) LA Orleans CBO

CHWs were actively involved as part of the Center's community-academic initiative to work with women of reproductive age living in disaster affected parishes in Southeast Louisiana. The CHWs had an intimate understanding of the communities they served and were successful in forging trusting relationships that enabled them to act as an intermediary between health systems, social services, and the community to facilitate access and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.  All of the CHWs were trained by the Center in care coordination and patient navigation using a curriculum specifically tailored to disaster-prone communities in the Gulf Coast.