Community Health Workers Champions
Launched in September of 2016, the Community Health Workers (CHW) Champions program will provide training and coaching to twenty staffers from Community LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) and Pittsburgh LIFE who provide support in seniors’ homes.
The goal of the program is to develop and trial a curriculum with these Champions to strengthen organizational and family communication strategies, improve CHW skills in health monitoring and early identification of problems, interact compassionately with seniors experiencing cognitive or mental health issues, and to create connections and implement interventions that promote optimum health and maximize independence for seniors.
JHF also plans to use the curriculum developed during the Champions program to train larger groups CHWs in our region, beginning with those who can serve seniors enrolled in Community HealthChoices (Pennsylvania’s managed long-term services and supports system).
The CHW Champions will participate in collaborative learning sessions, webinars, and between-session exercises designed to strengthen their ability to monitor seniors’ health, communicate effectively when cognitive and mental health issues are present, and become part of a larger, coordinated senior care team. Each Champion will design and implement an improvement project that aligns with their organization’s priorities and helps seniors remain well in community settings.