Grant Program: NUCA II
Migrant Health Promotion, Inc. (MHP)
437 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, TX 78596-6259
(800) 461-8394 X 1004 (Phone)
Migrant Health Promotion, Inc. (MHP) is a nonprofit organization that works to achieve health equity within farm worker communities. Utilizing the Promotoro/a model, MHP provides culturally-appropriate health education and outreach and sustainable community development to farm worker, migrant, border, and/or other underserved or isolated communities throughout the nation. Through increased knowledge and skill building, individuals and families can be empowered to maintain healthy lifestyles.
Grant Project Information
Increasing Access to Care Through Community Health Worker Programs
Length of Project: 9/1/12-8/31/15
Annual Funding Level: $200,000
Project Director: Colleen Reinert
(704) 352-7029 (Phone)
Many factors compound poor health for underserved Hispanic populations. In particular, socioeconomic status, lack of accessible health care, deficiency in cultural competency among providers, and language barriers present formidable obstacles to a healthy livelihood. However, Community Health Worker (CHW) programs are an ideal strategy for increasing access to care for low-income and underserved minority populations, because CHWs are trained to bring health education directly to community members where they live, work, and congregate. This model breaks down silos that otherwise restrict underserved communities from receiving important preventive services. The overall goal of the Migrant Health Promotion, Inc. (MHP) grant project is to improve access to care for underserved, predominately low-income, Hispanic communities by providing training and technical assistance (T/TA) to community-based organizations, health departments, and community stakeholders for planning and implementation of CHW interventions.
The target audiences for the project interventions include members of organizational health entities (e.g. clinics, community/faith-based organizations, or health departments) across the nation with the long-term outcomes of improved access to care for low-income Hispanic populations. The grantee program strategies primarily pertain to offering T/TA services to health providers and organizations serving minority populations. For example, MHP plans to annually provide T/TA to three CHW programs. Additionally, the grantee will create and/or identify at least 10 different methods to train CHW program staff and CHWs to address health care needs in underserved populations.
The outcome evaluation will focus on tracking the following participant outcomes:
- The number of individuals who have a specific source of ongoing care;
- The improvements to minorities' access to care with a particular focus on rates of low-income Hispanics
- increases in the number of referrals provided by CHWs.
- OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute (check all that apply):
__ Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems
_X_ Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
___ Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)
___ Other (please specify): _____________________________________
- Key Healthy People 2020 objectives or sub-objectives toward which the project's results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH's Evaluation Planning Guidelines):
- Access to Health Services (HP 2020)
- Increase the number of individuals who have a specific source of ongoing care (AHS-5).