Our adolescent health info sessions are underway and happening each Friday. They are going well so far, more engaged, discussion, about the hesitancy of covid-19 vaccine, overall health, self-care and more. We have more than 30 high schoolers signed up!
Our women’s health informational section will be hosting a weekly virtual workshop! We will begin these workshops in late July.
These info sessions will focus on all sorts of aspects of women’s health. Check out our Facebook page to learn about upcoming topics and dates. For the first session, happening July 21, we’ll be looking at substance abuse disorder, including resources, treatments and suggestions.
This week, we had another fruitful discussion on our youth aspiration program for health care leadership training. the participants explored about the community organization with effective ways of engagement, by reaching out to elected officials, how to communicate writing letters to editors, how to hold town hall meetings with the elected officials, and facilitate the meeting.
The goal of the NMPHI youth aspiration program empowers the youth to study the healthcare profession, by connecting students with our new Mainers’ health professionals to get mentorship, health professionals jobs shadowing by collaborating with local healthcare providers.
Mohamed with MPA, thank you again!!
Community Health Workers
Community health workers (CHWs) are front line public health workers that educate, advocate and empower community members on a variety of health issues and link them to available community resources and programs.
COMMUNITY based setting
Community health workers are trained to provide a range of health services, including the promotion of a tobacco-free lifestyle, nutrition education, prevention and management of chronic diseases, education, promotion of healthy lifestyles among youth, and skills for immigrants/refugees to navigate the U.S. health system.
CLINICAL based setting
Some of our CHWs work in a clinical setting to provide needed medical and health resources to those in the community. This includes providing medical testing and vaccinations, as well as health education and resources.
Educational based setting
In addition to hosting seminars and bringing education into the community, CWHs help immigrants and refugees learn about the Affordable Care Act and assist them with their health insurance enrollment. Our community health workers meet with community members individually and in groups to provide education and awareness of the new health care law and the importance of preventative health care for individuals and families in our community.
social services setting
Some CHWs work directly with program participants in a one-on-one capacity. They follow up with community members individually and long-term to help improve their health and general wellness. Their duties include advocating for clients and connecting them to vital resources such as financial assistance, legal aid, housing, job placement, education and peer support.
Community Health Workers (CHWs) tasks include:
- Act as a liaisons between health organizations and the community they serve.
- Providing resources and support needed to cope with chronic, acute, and terminal illnesses.
- Advocate for and connect client to vital resources such as financial assistance, legal aid, housing, job placement, education, and/or social/peer support.
In building this culture of health awareness, our Community Health Workers provide advocacy and support in coordinating referrals to health care and community services.
NMPHI’S Community Health Workers help immigrants and refugees learn about the Affordable Care Act and assist them with their health insurance enrollment. Our Community Health Workers meet with community members individually and in groups to provide education and awareness of the new health care law and the importance of preventative health care for individuals and families in our community.
If you’re interested in becoming a CHW, click here to learn more and apply.
Health literacy is the “degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make proper health decisions.” Health literacy is not only the ability to read information, but also the ability to understand oral communication, terminologies, understand how to navigate the health system on a basic level, as well as the capacity to communicate with health care providers and their staff. A large portion of members of the immigrant and refugee community that NMPHI serves are socio-economically disadvantaged and medically underserved with low literacy rates, particularly with the older demographics.
NMPHI serves the immigrant community by educating on:
Women’s health literacy is important to address healthcare deficiencies and a lack of resources among immigrant women in our community. Our CHWs and program workers go into the community to provide education, guidance and access to resources. In addition, we host classes, workshops and seminars around women’s health.
Men are more likely than women to neglect their health and fail to take necessary health steps. That’s why it’s important to do outreach to men in our immigrant community. Our health literacy work includes providing information and resources, facilitated through on-site events, digital seminars and workshops, and use of our mobile clinic.
As part of our mission, we want to educate and empower the youth in our community! In addition to exposing them to new potential careers in healthcare, we also want to help them with their own health and medical needs. We provide training, education and advice, as well as basic medical services and access to more health resources.
These communities need assistance in understanding and navigating through the complex U.S. health care system. The following are skills are essential for patients to be health literate:
• Communicate health problems to providers and understand health information being conveyed
• Read prescription instructions, understand and follow treatment regimens
• Read and understand warning labels to recognize potentially life-threatening complications and side effects of medication being prescribed
• Device self-care strategies and manage their health independently
• Read and understand necessary documents such as health insurance forms, informed consent, and treatment plans.
Limited health literacy result in poor health outcomes and higher health costs. Large number of immigrant and refugee communities have difficulties understanding complex medical terminologies, have hard time understanding the English language, struggle with filling out medical forms, or have limited access or knowledge of healthcare providers in Androscoggin County.
Thus, health care literacy is a vital component in the effort to decrease barriers to healthcare access and disparities. With proper training of health care professionals, the staff at NMPHI we can identify the client’s specific health need and provide assistance or refer them to the appropriate resource/providers.
Maine Section 28 Rehabilitative Community Support Services
Rehabilitative and community service (RCS) is designed to meet the needs of children and young adults with cognitive impairments.
The program focuses on behavioral management, social skills development, daily living goals and community integration. By building on family strength and available community resources, the service empowers families to work toward self-sufficiency.
NMPHI’s RCS works to:
- Mastering daily living skills
- Decreasing unsafe behaviors
- Empowering and connecting family to resources
- Under 21 years of age
- Current mental health or intellectual disability diagnosis
- Active Mainecare