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UH Moment: UH Community Health Workers Join City of Houston in COVID-19 Fight

“A lot of the resources that are available, the people don’t know about them or they don’t know how to utilize them properly”

A team of community health workers trained by the University of Houston is working with the city of Houston to combat COVID-19 in neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

"Community health workers are very inspiring people that are working at a ground level as advocates for their community," said UH professor Dan Price.

Price helped start the UH Community Health Workers Initiative in 2017, training current students, recent graduates and residents from underserved communities to bridge the gap between their neighbors and the health care system.

Around 50 of those certified workers are joining the city's Community Health Education Fellows program to coordinate care and provide health education and other resources to residents in the East End, Third Ward and Sunnyside communities.

“The idea is that we will have a spine that is around care coordination. A lot of the resources that are available, the people don't know about them or they don't know how to utilize them properly,” Price said.

Price says now, more than ever, community health workers play a vital role in communicating important health messages.

"We need everybody to be part of this messaging, someone in the community, someone who they recognize, someone who they see as being like them. That makes the messaging resonate in a completely different way,” Price said.

 

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