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M e d i c a l r e c o r d f e at u r e

The Community Health Worker
Training Institute
Penn State Health St. Joseph

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ommunity Health
Workers (CHWs) are
trusted members of the
community with a gift for helping
people prevent or manage disease
or other physical or behavioral
health issues. Studies have shown
that CHWs have a positive impact
on patients keeping appointments,
taking their medications, and
reducing risk by improving
access to services and assisting
individuals and their families with
acute or chronic conditions.
While some CHWs may have
little formal training in medicine
or healthcare, they tend to have an intimate knowledge of their
communities and local resources. They use that wisdom and
passion to help their fellow citizens overcome barriers such as those
associated with language, culture, transportation, scheduling and
finances.
The Eastcentral PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
originally developed a curriculum designed to provide the core
competencies needed for work in community-based and outpatient/
inpatient settings. The training also provides comprehensive
information about accessing healthcare and other services specific to
the area where the training takes place. The AHEC model formed
the basis for what is now the Community Health Worker Training
Institute at the Penn State Health St. Joseph (PSHSJ) Downtown
Campus health hub in Reading, PA.

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In Reading/Berks, the 100hour AHEC curriculum has been
carefully adapted and tailored
to meet the needs of the local
community by the St. Joseph
Medical Center Foundation at
their unique Langan Allied Health
Academy. The program has been
in operation for five full years and
has graduated over 150 CHWs to
date.
Students typically receive
full scholarships to attend the
program, and most are current
or prospective staff or volunteers
from local health and human
services organizations or grassroots community groups. PSHSJ has
utilized CHWs effectively in several key clinical areas, including:
diabetes/chronic disease management; breast cancer/oncology;
maternal child health; and primary medical and dental care for the
urban underserved.
Led by instructors from AHEC, PSHSJ, The Literacy Council
of Reading-Berks (LCRB), and other partners, the program utilizes
various modalities including lecture, discussion, hands-on activities,
guest speakers, field trips, specialized in-depth topics, and student
projects/presentations.
For more information, please contact Laura Welliver, PSHSJ
Grants & Special Projects Officer, at 610-378-2474 or lwelliver@
pennstatehealth.psu.edu.


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