Using community health workers improve access for low-income people

The Foundation's program, New Jersey Health Initiatives, was designed to support projects in New Jersey that develop new approaches to resolving the state's health care needs, focusing on the Foundation's goal areas.The purpose of this project, in collaboration with Project HOPE, is to improve access to primary care for low-income Newark residents. A key component will be Community Health Workers (CHWs) to be recruited from the same neighborhoods, trained at the New Community Corporation Center for Employment Training, and employed at local health and human services agencies. Letters of commitment have been received to ensure employment, and this will be monitored by the National Program Office. At least 30 CHWs will be trained to perform outreach services, provide information on health promotion/disease prevention, identify individuals in need of care, and link clients to appropriate community agencies, thereby reducing use of expensive hospital emergency rooms for routine or neglected illnesses. Each CHW is expected to make an average of 800 client contacts per year.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $246,676.00

Awarded on: 11/23/1993

Time frame: 12/1/1993 - 2/29/1996

Grant Number: 23179


New Community Corporation

233 West Market Street
Newark, 07102-2713

Florence P. Williams
Project Director