behavioral health

Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are important members of the COPA team of healthcare professionals and they have a close understanding of the patient community they serve. CHWs help improve the quality of life for our patients and their families by connecting them with community-based organizations, programs, and resources with the goal of improving access to care and ensuring continuity of care.

Community Health Workers help screen any interested COPA family for conditions in their unique environment that may affect a wide range of health and quality-of-life risks, and health outcomes. These conditions are also known as social determinants of health. After the screening, CHWs can offer families informal counseling, resources, and information on how to increase their access to available services in our region, regardless of socioeconomic status.

We’re proud of our Community Health Workers that develop a relationship with the families they serve and provide recommendations for aspects of life that expand beyond basic healthcare. This service provides social services support and health education in an effective way that helps improve overall outcomes for our patients.

Some of the most common resources CHW’s help connect families to include, but are not limited to:

-Transportation Support

-Food insecurity

-Housing instability

-Financial strain

-Workforce development

-Safety concerns

Ways to connect with a COPA CHW:

  • Talk to your primary care provider at a regular visit.
  • Call 541-389-6313 and request to speak to a community health worker.