CHW of the Day 2016 Profiles
Krishna Rich – (8/1/16)
As a CHW, how do you change lives one day at a time? By getting to know my clients and understanding their situation is how I could help steps of change.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know? Clients are people and if we get to know them and understand their situation, we can help develop change to improve their health and their environment.
Sandra Samp – (8/2/16)
As a CHW, what empowers you to work in your community? It is very rewarding to help our community members get familiar with the resources available. To do this it’s very important to be a known and trusted individual in the community we service. Staying on the front line in our community allows me to provide the best care to our patients. Providing the best CHW services to our patients is what empowers me every day.
What is your hope or dream for the CHW profession? My hope for the CHW profession is for it to grow and be known to all health clinics as a profession they can’t do without. For workers and patients to realize how the work of a CHW does help with better health outcomes. I also want to keep a close connection with all CHWs in Michigan to be able to utilize when we can’t find what we are looking for in our community.
Marta Lugo-Rodriguez – (8/3/16)
As a CHW, how do you change lives one day at a time? Advocate, educate and assist during labor for pregnant Mom’s during and after their pregnancy and much more.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know? CHW’s rock! We are awesome and powerful in peoples lives!
Teri Shane – (8/4/16)
As a CHW, how do you change lives one day at a time? By listening to my clients without interruption. Together we discuss barriers and try to find solutions to overcome them. I try to educate my clients on their chronic illness’s and lead them to resources to improve their lives.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know? My role as a Community Health Worker has given me the opportunity to learn so much from my care team and also, my clients. I am very passionate about my role and cannot imagine doing anything else at this time.
LaNequia Porter – (8/5/16)
As a CHW, how do you change lives one day at a time? As a Community Health Worker, I empower my patients by letting them know that they are in control of their health. I provide my patients with the proper education so they can be informed of their rights and to make the best choices for their overall health. I connect the patients to resources and advocate for those who are unable to do so for themselves.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know? The motto that I try to live by is Prevent, Promote and Prolong. I aim to Prevent health disparities, Promote healthy lifestyle changes and Prolong life.
Laura M. Dewberry – (8/6/16)
As a CHW, how do you change lives one day at a time? As a Community Health Worker in Michigan, I improve the health and social outcomes of my community daily by increasing the community’s knowledge of disease prevention, disease management, and how to be self-sufficient. I achieve this by compassionately connecting with members of the community and their families holistically and culturally in the very place where good health is achieved and maintained, in the home. Their homes represent the social environments in which they live, work, and build their foundations. In working with these communities as a CHW, I provide prevention and disease management education for conditions such as diabetes, asthma, all forms of cancer, HIV, heart disease and mental illness. I also provide community education on how to navigate the health care system, coordination of medical services, and connection to social services such as employment, education, housing and sexual assault advocacy. Being a CHW takes more than providing educational handouts to a person diagnosed with HIV or Diabetes or even mental illness. As a CHW, I change the lives of the communities I serve daily by connecting them with the services available and needed to live a healthy life.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know? I would like state legislators to acknowledge CHWs as a part of the health care system with a job status that has a full salary and benefits. I believe the work I have done as a CHW has helped to improve health outcomes especially among low income communities. If you would like to bridge the gap and develop a trusted relationship with communities and health care providers, CHW’s will aid in that progression.
Stephanie Walker – (8/7/16)
Zandra Vasquez – (8/8/16)
Octavia Smith – (8/9/16)
City/Location: Inkster, Michigan
Program/Agency: Western Wayne Family Health Centers
How long have you been a CHW? As long as I can remember, paid – 2012.
What population do you work with? Seniors, Women/girls mostly, but all…
What are the most common issues you help people with? Resources for food, home, transportation, health related issues, etc.
What is the best part of your job? Being here to make sure people get what they need be it Assistance, Knowledge, any type of Help they need.
How can CHWs make a difference in their communities? By being available, keeping promises, building strong bridges and ensuring people get what they need.
Lynell Edwards – (8/10/16)
How long have you been a CHW? This is my 2nd week
What population do you work with? 50 and older
What are the most common issues you help people with? Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity, Counseling
What is the best part of your job? So far great people, and learning a lot of information for the CHW training
How can CHWs make a difference in their communities? Identifying some of the needs in the community and focus on some positive changes
Tammy Burrell – (8/11/16)
As a CHW, how do you change lives one day at a time? By getting to know my Clients. Focusing on clients needs of resources and non-clinical needs that could affect their health.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know? I love to see patients happy and succeeding with resources and support I have provided and to know I care.