There’s increasing need to address health disparities in our communities and respond to the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of color and households with lower incomes.
Partnering closely with caregivers across our seven-state system to identify specific health disparities in our local communities, Providence looks to leverage existing system and regional tools, resources and programs to create positive impact for the
greatest number of people.
As part of our ongoing efforts to identify and prioritize inequities, Providence is developing strategies to improve health equity and reduce disparities.
Community Health Care Workers (CHWs) create trusting relationship within their communities that enable them to serve as liaisons to health/social services. They are a crucial component of the health care system as they reduce barriers to care by helping
communities navigate the complexity of health care systems.
Our Community Health Work programs have grown and expanded to include supportive Community Health Care Workers across our seven-state footprint—and our intention is to further develop and grow this vital workforce.
Providence now has 130 CHWs across seven states, leading 20 programs— but more are needed.
Nationally, data has shown that CHWs make substantial contributions to care teams and communities including cost savings and reduction in emergency department visits, improvements in mental health wellness and disease self management.
CHWs are trusted, frontline public health workers within the communities they serve and act as liaisons between community members and social and health services.
In order to support continued growth of our CHW programming, we have created six funds focused on:
- Workforce Development
- Neighbor Support
- Program and Workforce Expansion
- Technology and Innovation
- Training and Education
With an increased need to address health disparities in our communities and respond to the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of color and households with lower incomes, Providence’s Community Health Work Programs have grown
and expanded—but there is still much unmet need.
Generous donors like you can provide financial investment to help us reach those in our communities who are most vulnerable.
Below are the impact categories with opportunity for giving—thank you for your consideration.