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Community health workers not medically trained, but assist rural people manage their health care

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As health advocates at the Kentucky Voices for Health annual meeting discussed how to reduce health disparities and assure health equity in the state, a model of integrated care that includes community health workers resonated as a possible solution. “I really believe in the community health worker model,” said Keisha Cornett, health education coordinator...

Community health workers play important role in reducing health disparities in Eastern Kentucky

Community health workers play an important role in reducing health disparities in eastern Kentucky, say Cleveland Fed analysts. For some time, eastern Kentucky residents have suffered from lower life expectancies and higher rates of disability and a population whose average age is increasing faster than the nation’s overall as young people leave the region. In the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s...