What is a Community Health Worker?
A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member with a close understanding of the community they serve. This relationship enables the CHW to be a link between health and social services and the community. To read “The Impact of Community Health Workers on Cardiovascular Risk Reduction.” click here.
CHWs in Your Community
Our Community Health Workers (CHWs) will give you a small prick of your finger and ask a few questions regarding your health history and diet. This will help to assess your risk of diabetes and heart disease in the next 10 years.
After you are screened, we’ll provide you with a print out of your screening results including:
· Total Cholesterol, LDL and HDL
· Blood glucose
· BMI, height and weight
· Blood pressure
The CHWs will then work with you to create an individualized action plan for a healthier lifestyle and set achievable goals to improve physical and mental health.
Knowing that economic and social factors can impact your health, we have incorporated a social determinants of health screening to connect you to local resources—most of which are also free! —that may help you meet your health-related goals.
We recommend you get re-screened every six months to check for changes in biomarkers and assess health goals. Our CHWs can also provide health coaching to you in between your screenings to keep you motivated and help you continue to make progress on your goals.
We have Community Health Workers serving the counties of Ouray, San Miguel, Delta, Montrose, and the West End of Montrose. Please contact the CHW nearest you.
|Norwood & West End|
|Ridgway & Ouray|
Program Distinctions: This service is made possible through the generous support of Health Resources and Services Administration and the participation of Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions.