Investing in the community health worker model to protect and advance our health policy wins
Since 2013, we have provided community-based, culturally and linguistically responsive health information and connection to services, bridging deep divides between our Latino community and the mainstream health care system.
Currently, our Outreach and Education program is focused on implementation of ¡Soy sano! (in English, I’m healthy! / the Safety Net Capacity Grant Program), which OLHC and our allies successfully advocated to reinstate in 2015. Seen as a stepping stone to the eventual Cover All Kids program, ¡Soy sano! connects immigrant children to free primary and preventive health care services across Oregon’s safety net clinic system.
Our three full-time, Latino-identified community health workers are embedded in the community, providing outreach and education to get the word out about ¡Soy sano! They then screen children for eligibility and connect them through referral to a partner ¡Soy sano! clinic for services.