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National Community Health Worker Recognition Month - Featuring 3 CHW's!

Thursday, November 7, 2019  
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In honor of last month’s National Community Health Worker Recognition Month, the WPHA CHW Section would like to highlight the work of three CHWs from across Wisconsin. We are excited to share some of the ways our Wisconsin CHWs are working to address chronic conditions, maternal and child health, and the Social Determinants of Health. Continue to look out for more CHW highlights to come throughout the year!

Jarvis West-  My primary place of employment is at (iCARE) Independent Care Health Plan where I assist in preventing the readmission of members/patients to an inpatient stay. My role as a Health Coach is to provide advocacy, resources and health education to the underserved population that I assist for 30 days to prevent their readmission into the hospital. I work with individuals who suffer from chronic conditions. I address all of these measures as a (CHW) Community Health Worker because I have experienced or know somebody close that has experienced these situations. That’s where my passion and familiarity with the population that I serve comes from.   In addition, I co-facilitate a Living Well With Chronic Conditions workshop weekly. I build strong relationships with the members that I assist as well as learn from. I’ve also been managing West Consultants for about 10 years, which is a network consisting of about 300 community residents, community leaders, school professors, news media, people looking for a higher quality of life and etc. I update these individuals at least once a week on upcoming community events and opportunities. I begin the email with a motivational speech followed by upcoming community engagements followed by job leads or upcoming job fairs. These bridges are provided by the community that I serve. I have thank you letters from interns and other community residents on my desk as I write this. I perform these services not because I’ve been there but I am there. I am also the Vice President of AMANI United, which requires that I am in the community, represent the community, identify resources and utilize.

 

Jessica Kimber- Hi, I am a CHW through the Great Rivers United Way at Independent Living Resources in La Crosse, WI. I have officially  been CHW for eight months, but it is work I have done most of my life with different titles. My biggest success depends on the Consumer I am working with. For some, the big success is getting them to answer the phone and agree to meet with me. For others, it is getting a couple into housing a week before their baby is born. Every victory is a big victory for me. Being a CHW means meeting people where they are at and celebrating every victory with as much enthusiasm as another. Helping people establish a primary doctor, ensuring Consumers feel heard by their doctor, and making sure Consumers understand their health care options is a top impactful way I assist in opening the door for successful outcomes. Some Consumers need a stepping stone to Behavioral Health. Others may need their diabetes managed so they can work to pay for rent. Some need housing, but hit barriers with an emotional support pet that requires a doctor’s letter that the pet is a medical need. A primary doctor helps push aside many of these barriers. I feel privileged that people allow me to work alongside them through some very challenging and personal circumstances.

 

Shanice Baquet- I'm a Volunteer that goes to different organizations to help out as needed, to help other mostly families to succeed in their journeys (whatever that may be breastfeeding, Prenatal care, child care and even help the organization out with office work). In 2019, I got my training to become a Lactation Consultant Specialist. I started a training to become a Pregnancy and Infant Loss Advocate. I have the training certifications in Stress, Mediation, and Mindfulness and Certificate in Wellness and the Environment. As well as taking training in the certificate in Perinatal Issues and in women Health Issues, and Certificate in violence prevention and awareness, and will be taking Certificate in Healing Environments for Body, Mind and Spirt. I am on The Baby Zone Team as The Health and Wellness. I’m on the Parent Policy Council with Next-Door foundation. I volunteer in Next Door to help discuss with the prenatal moms about Breastfeeding and other topics for a healthy baby. I’m on the PTO team at the Children School Lloyd Barbee Montessori School. I am also a SELF (special Education Liaison) in MPS Schools. I’m a parent leader with the Parent Network to help with the Parent Café. I help lead a family group (mother group but fathers have joined and grandparents as well). We started in the Spring of 2019 for garden season. This group is for families in the community to get together, connect, and enjoy spending time with each other.

 


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