Achieving Cultural Competence Through the Use of Community Health Workers: Open Cities Health Center's Approach
Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)
The purpose of this project is to identify objectives necessary for incorporating a Community Health Worker (CHW) program within an urban Federally Qualified Community Clinic setting, for the purpose of enhancing the culturally specific care provided by the clinic. CHWs offer our current fragmented and complex health care system an opportunity to improve the health of underserved populations in our country. The use of CHWs dates back to the 1960's as an attempt to expand health care to the underserved residing in poor communities.
If one is poor, an immigrant, or just different from the norms of our society receiving healthcare that is culturally sensitive and appropriate often just does not happen. CHWs can be bridges that educate and assist providers with providing that culturally specific care needed to promote optimal health outcomes. This project will outline objectives, goals, methodologies and desired outcomes, on which to build a solid CHW program designed to enhance the cultural competence mission promoted by the clinic.
Gbolo, Dorii, "Achieving Cultural Competence Through the Use of Community Health Workers: Open Cities Health Center's Approach" (2008). Theses and Graduate Projects. 486.