ABIPA was using the Community Health Worker model before it became a buzz word. Our founder, Dr. Charles Blair envisioned community members helping community members get connected to services, accompanying neighbors to Doctor’s appointments and more, he called these individuals Parity Action Team Members.
Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trusted, knowledgeable frontline health personnel who typically come from the communities they serve. CHWs bridge cultural and linguistic barriers, expand access to coverage and care, and improve health outcomes. As critical links between their communities and the health care system, CHWs reduce health disparities; boost health care quality, cultural competence and affordability; and empower individuals and communities for better health.
Our team goes to people where they are, from facilitating Community Engagement Markets where community members are able to get free fresh produce and other items to help with food insecurity to providing in home and telephonic support to individuals that need to be connected to resources, we are proud of the work we have done over the years that have positioned us to not only be a part of the CHW conversation but the active expansion of the profession locally and throughout the region.
Community Health Workers At The Core