Dear RHP 2:
A colleague shared the article below from medicalexpress.com, and I wanted to pass it along to the stakeholders in Region 2. We have talked a great deal about integrating Community Health Workers into our respective healthcare endeavors, and this research from Wake Forest Baptist is a great example of a prevention program led by Community Health Workers that effectively reduced blood glucose levels and potentially reduced diabetes over the long term.
At UTMB Health, we utilize Community Health Workers and have seen tremendous value in providing care to patients with chronic illnesses, like diabetes, that require sustained, comprehensive care. Across the state and nation, Community Health Workers are making an impact in both rural communities where access to primary care is sparse, and in urban communities where they are better able to bridge communication gaps that may arise between patients and doctors.
I am confident that through 1115 Waiver DSRIP projects we will see even more utilization of Community Health Workers in Region 2 and across the state of Texas. Continue reading