Community Health Workers: Helping Latinos Navigate the Medical Maze
A community health worker (CHW) helps patients—in San Antonio, that typically means Latino patients—navigate the complex world of cancer care, according to a San Antonio Express-News article about CHWs.
The article focuses on Guadalupe Cornejo, a CHW at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday. Cornejo is partialy supported through the IHPR’s Latino cancer research network, Redes En Acción, via a partnership with LIVESTRONG.
Cornejo’s job includes answering questions, helping patients make appointments and apply for services and, when necessary, acting as a liaison between patients and the medical system.
“Research has shown that this population is more likely to fall through the cracks when it comes to cancer care,” says Sandra San Miguel de Majors, a researcher-instructor at the University of Texas Health Science Center and program coordinator.
Preliminary figures show that, during the first eight months of the Redes en Acción/Livestrong partnership, the program’s CHWs served 920 patients.
Read about Guadalupe and the Latino patients she helps here.
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