Lake County Community Health Workers Partnership
The Community Health Workers Partnership (Partnership) of Lake County was launched as a collaborative effort in 2012 by Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) with the primary mission to improve health literacy and navigation for medically underserved and at-risk populations in Lake County through building capacity and utilization of Community Health Workers (CHWs). The Partnership implements this mission by training members' CHWs on identified pertinent health and leadership topics, sharing best practices and resources in the field, promoting the networking of Lake County CHW teams, advocating for the role of CHWs in the healthcare system, and supporting organizations in the development of CHW programs. The Partnership's vision is an educated CHW cohort that promotes a healthy future for Lake County and is guided by the values of: Humility, Respect, and Responsibility.
The CHW Partnership aims to build community health literacy by providing training to community health workers in Lake County that focus on topics or trends identified by the community as needed or of importance. The CHW curriculum focuses on community health needs that have been identified by local research as priorities for low-income and immigrant communities in our county. Health Literacy and Training priorities include, but are not limited to: cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, sexually-transmitted diseases, insurance benefits, mental health, nutrition, obesity, and popular education strategies.
Beginning in FY 2017, Mano a Mano has served as the fiscal agent and the lead coordinating agency for the CHW Partnership and is responsible for the programmatic and fiscal management of grants. Waukegan Public Library acts as a coordinating partner. University of Illinois at Chicago's Midwest Latino Health Research Training and Policy Center provides diabetes education support and credentialing through its DEEP Program.
The Lake County CHW Partnership is generously funded by the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County.
For more information about the CHW Partnership, contact Project Manager, Diana Gutierrez.