As a Medicaid-funded project to reduce health disparities around infant mortality, the THRIVE project incorporates Community Health Workers and the Pathways fee-based outcome model.
THRIVE CHWs were trained in Pathways in July 2017 and are implementing October 1, 2017. That means that the agencies employing CHWs will begin to see how the Medicaid plans reimburse for services of CHWs. This is the first step in Stark County towards sustainability of CHWs.
Access Health received almost $400,000 in support from the THRIVE project. We employ two of the 9 community health workers designated for THRIVE and our CHW Program Manager assists with reporting, documentation and coaching/mentoring CHWs. Our peer support learning community offers oversight of CEUs and additional training that is needed in skill development. It also provides a safe place for CHWs to discuss challenges of their initiatives. We also meet personally with agencies on a monthly basis to review the success of integration and any issues that might arise in addition to a monthly agency meeting where all agencies can share tools, successes and concerns, along with instructions for the overall project.
- We are excited to be part of this unfolding process with THRIVE. The agencies that have community health workers as part of the THRIVE Project are:
The Stark County Health Department
- The YWCA of Canton
- Access Health Stark County
- Alliance Family Health Center
- Aultman My Community Health Center (coming soon)
You can contact the Access Health Office for information at 330-437-3715.