Nasra Budul, Community Health Worker, Ready Set Smile
What do you do as a CHW?
As a CHW I work with children without access to dental health care receive preventive dental exams and oral health education to build healthy habits ie. brushing, eating less sugary foods/drink with respect to their overall health.
What is your favorite part about becoming a CHW?
One thing I loved about becoming a CHW is definitely serving a community in which I can relate and am apart of as a Somali CHW. I work with Somali families to break down the barriers surrounding health in general. Often times our community is skeptical of Doctors/Dentists and it has been rewarding to be able to be someone they can build trust with in order to receive the services they need to improve their overall health and well-being.
What is most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know that as a teenager I was apart of the very first project the Minnesota Historical Society did about the immigration of Somali Families to Minnesota. The project was also about the Somali culture as well. We eventually produced and starred in two documentaries and held a premiere at the Historical Society. It truly was a great experience!
Impactful CHW Story
As I continue to grow in my career as a CHW I can think back on many rewarding moments with the population of students we serve. Often times the children we see at the school dental clinics have urgent dental needs. We contact their parents to help them connect with dental clinics that are able to see the child in the community. It has also been amazing to work with the Somali community to help them understand oral health is important and to provide education on building healthy eating habits as well.
Dear Partners, Stakeholders, and Friends of the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance:
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am excited to announce a new chapter in the work of the Alliance: Effective September 15, LaTanya Black will serve as our new Executive Director. LaTanya has worked in the health care sector for over 25 years and has a breadth of experience in effectively developing, operating, and promoting community engagement strategies and programs. She is a community health worker certificate holder with experience as a CHW, CHW supervisor, and owner of Compassionate Care Services. In addition, Ms. Black is a seasoned public speaker and presenter who is passionate about raising awareness around the essential contributions of community health workers.
Ms. Black has been actively involved with the Alliance for over four years and has come to know our organization well, attending local and national conferences and training and serving as the Alliance’s Community Engagement Specialist and Board Vice-chair. We look forward to a bright future with Ms. Black’s leadership, building on the solid foundation created by Ms. Joan Cleary and Ms. Anne Ganey and offer them our profound thanks for their leadership and dedication.
Secondly, I wish to share with you that the Alliance has entered into a shared services and co-location agreement with Stratis Health. The Alliance office and future trainings will now be located at 2901 Metro Drive, Suite 400- Bloomington 55425. This agreement allows for joint programming and future collaboration opportunities.
I am excited about the future of the Alliance and greatly look forward to working with Ms. Black in her new role as our Executive Director.
On behalf of our Board, thank you for all you do in support of the MN Community Health Worker Alliance. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Cathy Weik, Chair
Board of Directors
Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance
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