Opinion: America’s Red State Death Trip

Why does falling life expectancy track political orientation?

Paul Krugman, Opinion Columnist, New York Times

“E pluribus unum” — out of many, one — is one of America’s traditional mottos. And you might think it would be reflected in reality. We aren’t, after all, just united politically. We share a common language; the unrestricted movement of goods, services and people is guaranteed by the Constitution. Shouldn’t this lead to convergence in the way we live and think?

In fact, however, the past few decades have been marked by growing divergence among regions along several dimensions, all closely correlated. In particular, the political divide is also, increasingly, an economic divide. (Read more.)

December 2019 MNCHWA Community Health Worker Spotlight: Hilda Sanchez-Herrera

Hilda Sanchez-Herrera
Minnesota Community Health Worker Certificate Holder
Sanford Health

What do you do as a CHW?

I help patients navigate the health system, fill out insurance forms, interpret and translate as needed. Network with other CHWs.

What has been your favorite part of being a CHW?

Promoting the CHW Profession. Sharing my passion for helping people in the public sector. Working with and learning from my classmates at various events.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I participated in two marathons in 2017 and my goal is to do another one. I also completed the 2019 CHW Leadership Cohort and joined the National Association of CHWs earlier this year.

Success Story

A mother with a special needs child needed help understanding some of her child’s needs. After a few minutes of conversation, we were able to get her the right resources for both mom and child before they left the facility. Mom was grateful for the information and the providers were thankful for the intervention.

Free Webinar Series: Health Disparities – Community Health Workers’ Resources

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trusted, knowledgeable frontline public health workers who typically come from the communities they serve. The American Diabetes Association’s Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes highlights the importance of CHWs in diabetes prevention and management, especially among underserved communities.  This webinar will focus on integrating CHWs into the public health care workforce as a strategy for increasing health equity and access and improving population health, while decreasing costs.

Register

Webinar # 1 – Wednesday, December 11, 2019 – 1:00 PM ET
Community Health Workers (CHWs): Strong Evidence-base for Embracing CHWs into the Public Health and Healthcare Workforce

CE Credits Available: 1.0

Speakers
Durrell Fox, BS, CHW, National Association of Community Health Workers 
Betsy Rodriguez, BSN, MSN, CDE, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Learning Objectives

• Summarize the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommendations for interventions engaging community health workers can be used to improve health outcomes and prevent disease and increase health equity.
• Explain the roles and competencies that CHWs can play in diabetes management and type 2 diabetes prevention.
• Discuss action steps that webinar participants can take to capture the contributions of CHWs in their individual settings.

Webinar # 2 – February 2020
Diabetes 101: Resources for Community Health Workers
More information coming soon

Webinar # 3 – March 2020
What Health Care Professionals Need to Know About Addressing Diabetes & Food Insecurity: Resources for Communities in Need
More information coming soon

October 2019 MNCHWA Community Health Worker Spotlight: Joy Rivera

Joy Rivera, Cancer Training

What do you do as a CHW?

My CHW experience has been in both promoting and organizing cancer training in my Indigenous community both locally and nationally. I presently volunteer at health fairs and vendor for the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance and speak on panels. 

What has been your favorite part of being a CHW?

I love being in the community interacting with people. When I’m in the community it is always a two-way conversation for me: the community speaks and I learn from them, and they in return learn from the preventive information I provide them as a professional informed CHW. 

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I used to be a mathematics teacher and I taught grades 7-12 for 20 years. It’s funny, I was never smart in math and self-taught myself using the math books from back in the day that had the answers in the very back, but I never cheated! Instead, I challenged myself and found I really enjoyed teaching math. I also taught math in the prison system.

Impactful CHW Story

One success story that happened to me this past year was when I had an information table in the tribal clinic up north and I was doing colon cancer mock stool tests. When the clinic day was over the Clinic Director commented to me that she had never seen so many patients stay to listen to what I had to offer. She said the patients usually don’t stay.

Contact Joy

Joy Rivera
joysnipe@gmail.com