Bridging the Gap: How Community Health Workers Promote the by Sally Findley, Sergio Matos

By Sally Findley, Sergio Matos

Immigrants residing in US towns face myriad stumbling blocks to having access to caliber wellbeing and fitness care. This inequitable entry to care is compounded by way of the chance of power illness accompanying the strain, pressure, and way of life alterations which could include existence in a brand new state.

Bridging the Gap info the function, classes, and effectiveness of group medical examiners (CHWs) in bringing well-being care to underserved immigrant groups. Combining schooling, advocacy, and native cultural acumen, CHWs have confirmed profitable within the usa and in another country, enhancing neighborhood well-being and developing a proof base for a way CHW courses can paintings for immigrants.

Based on a decade of in-depth reviews from a number of immigrant future health courses in big apple urban with complementary interviews with dozens of immigrants and CHWs, Bridging the Gap deals insights into how CHWs aid immigrants conquer the stumbling blocks to healthiness care. The authors rigorously distill first-hand classes into suggestions for most sensible practices in constructing and using potent CHW programs--insights that might be instantly helpful to any neighborhood crew, municipal enterprise, or wellbeing and fitness care association.

Bridging the Gap offers a manageable antidote to the probably intractable difficulties confronted via towns all over the pursuit of protecting and maximizing immigrant healthiness. it's a highly useful access in burgeoning box that would be principal to the following century of city public future health.

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Together these factors conspire against routine health care, leaving families to wait until the condition becomes urgent before seeking health care at the emergency department. Thus, they make fewer visits for health care, but when they do, they are sicker than US-born children brought to the emergency department (Gusmano, 2012). Immigrants Recount Their Experiences While the statistics clearly indicate that the experience of immigrating to the United States is a challenging one, it is difficult to appreciate how these challenges come together to influence how immigrants respond to the challenges they face.

So, I think just having someone like a community health worker, who would bridge the gap between this kind of closed—not necessarily closed, but self-sustaining and self-enforcing community of opinions—and American health care, would potentially be very beneficial. I think that it’s such a big, difficult, and important topic and people just have so many misconceptions about health care, that having somebody that you can rely on, who’s culturally the same, can be a big help. 36 bridging the gap The millions of immigrants in the United States, particularly those most vulnerable who have no insurance and limited resources and who lack the linguistic and cultural backgrounds for making good use of the health care system, could benefit from the community health worker of Anna’s dreams.

When asked whether a community health worker might have been helpful to her family in dealing with her health issues, Anna, the Russian immigrant, shared her views: Now, we’re so Americanized that we don’t need that help. But I can certainly envision that in the first few years, when you don’t know much about your new environment, that somebody like that could definitely be helpful, because the health system here can be pretty complex and pretty hard to navigate. New immigrants coming would definitely benefit from somebody who can explain what’s going on in terms that they can understand.

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