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January 16, 2019

CHC debuts individual consulting program in Meriden

Photo | Community Health Center A Community Health Center facility at 134 State St. in Meriden.

Middletown-based Community Health Center Inc. (CHC) on Tuesday launched a pilot program in Meriden that provides consulting services for patients dealing with issues that could impact their health.

The Community Health Worker (CHW) program, based at 134 State St. in Meriden, provides one-on-one services for patients to combat unemployment, food insecurity, housing instability and other challenges, CHC said.

A recent report by the University of Pennsylvania found that community health workers can improve health outcomes, lower health care costs and reduce hospitalizations for patients. The Connecticut Health Foundation has also backed research of community health workers, concluding they are a worthwhile investment.

Also Tuesday, CHC announced it’s collaborating with UPenn to design and implement a new six-month specialty support program that connects community health workers with a team of specialists through video conferencing to facilitate case-based recommendations.

The new Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) program launched Tuesday and has 150 participants from 33 organizations and will be held twice a month through June.

CHC said three of its staff members will also join the Penn Center for Community Health Workers to relay their expertise and information on topics including trauma-informed care and re-engaging patients.

Founded in 1972, the CHC health system serves more than 145,000 patients.

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