Pilot Test of the Latino Health Connector in Columbus, Ohio, Shows Positive Results

Community solutions to improving the health of employed immigrants in Columbus, Ohio

In 2009, Access HealthColumbus ran a pilot test of the Latino Health Connector, which provides health screening, navigation and educational services to Latino workers and their families in Columbus, Ohio.

The project was part of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) solicitation, Fresh Ideas: Improving the Health of Immigrant and Refugee Communities. The collection of funded projects aims to give immigrants and refugees the tools and support they need to improve and maintain their own health.

Access HealthColumbus designed the connector based on findings from focus groups with Latino workers and learning sessions with local employers and health care providers. The connector included several elements:

  • An informational session to explain the project
  • Biometric screenings, such as for cholesterol and blood sugar
  • An educational session to explain how the health care system works
  • Navigation services to help participants find a clinic or apply for financial assistance

The pilot test took place at 10 work sites of seven employers in the restaurant and hotel industries.