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Community Health Forum: Sustaining Community Health Worker Programs in KY: Strategies and Lessons Learned

March 19 @ 9:00 am 11:30 am

Event Overview

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trusted members of their communities who can serve as an intermediary between their community and health/social services to improve health, reduce healthcare costs, and decrease health disparities. They can help employees and community members understand how to engage in the healthcare system with coaching on everything from finding a provider, understanding how their insurance works, and even knowing how to overcome issues like transportation and time off work for appointments. In Kentucky, CHWs have had a growing impact in Kentucky since their initial adoption in 1994. Currently, over 60 organizations employ CHWs across the state in organizations such as local health departments, community-based organizations, hospitals, federally qualified health centers, and more.

Sustainability of the programs that employ CHWs is critical to ensuring their continued positive impact on the health of their communities and the individuals they serve. Join the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Public Health on March 19, 2024 to discuss integration of financial and operational sustainability strategies into CHW programs across Kentucky to ensure their continued operation for years to come.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the current landscape of CHWs in Kentucky
  • Discuss different approaches to financially and operationally sustaining CHW programs
  • Distinguish the involvement of different healthcare stakeholders in supporting the impact of CHWs
  • Identify the successes and challenges of current CHW programs in building, supporting, and sustaining their programs

Location

This is a hybrid event.

In-Person
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
1640 Lyndon Farm Ct
Louisville, Kentucky, US, 40223

Online
Zoom link provided after registration.


Forum Speakers

Lisa Lee
Commissioner
Department of Medicaid Services – Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Lindsay Nelson, MSW
COO
Kentucky Health Center Network

Brooke Perkins, CAC, CCHW
Program Director Mental Health First Aid Adult/Youth Instructor
Lewis County Primary Care Center dba Primary Plus

Tiffany Taul-Scruggs, CCHW
Patient Outreach Manager
Sterling Health Care

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Connie Gayle White, MD, MS, FACOG
Deputy Commissioner for Clinical Affairs
Kentucky Department for Public Health