The Community Health Worker (CHW) is a program of Improving Pregnancy Outcomes (IPO) Initiative funded by New Jersey Department of Health. The Partnership operates CHW programs in Hudson, Union and Passaic Counties.
The Community Health Worker program goals:
- To conduct daily outreach educating the community about the services of the IPO program and assist community members to access health and social services by offering resources and case management.
- The CHW will focus on supporting the preconception, prenatal/postpartum, and inter-conception women and their families with a strong focus on high-need women who are not currently engaged in health care or other supportive community services
- The CHWs offer frequent community education in the form of workshops, lectures and by maintaining a regular presence at community events and weekly outreach sites.
- Community Health Workers will use a variety of methods, activities or strategies to increase knowledge and awareness, aim at facilitating health behavior change, improve perinatal outcomes and reduce infant mortality.
- Through their outreach efforts, CHWs refer consumers to the Central Intake program. Central Intake’s role is to increase screening, referral and linkage of pregnant women and women of child bearing age and other family members to needed services such as home visitation programs or to CHW case management.
For more information about the Partnership’s CHW programs in Hudson, Union and Passaic Counties please click here.