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Health Workers with Lived Experience Help Close Gaps

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Health workers with experiences like the people they serve can provide unique care to communities.

In Oregon, organizations that employ these workers are receiving grants, with the aim of closing health disparities in communities impacted by discrimination.

Parrott Creek Child and Family Services was founded in 1968 as a residential treatment facility for youth in the juvenile justice system.

Simon Fulford, executive director of the nonprofit, said the grant will help Parrott Creek grow its traditional health workers program assisting mothers in sobriety.

“Our staff and members of the community who have that lived experience,” Fulford explained. “[They] have gone through challenges in their lives, have found the path to accessing health care supports or social service supports and can kind of share their journey and guide others into getting the right supports and services.”

CareOregon is investing $455,000 in eight groups, including the Asian Health and Services Center, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, and Native American Youth and Family Center. The groups provide culturally specific care to clients.

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Fulford pointed out it’s often hard for people to tackle a drug addiction if their primary concerns aren’t met, like having a roof over their head or enough to eat.

“If we can help reduce some of those other barriers, they in turn will also help reduce barriers to health care and provide more equitable access to health care,” Fulford contended.

Fulford also noted the road to recovery can be long, with many ups and downs. Often, the journey is not linear.

But he added the health-care system at large is realizing the interconnectedness of people’s needs, like housing and food security, and there are many factors to being healthy.

Trabajadores de la salud con experiencia asi como las personas a las que ellos sirven pueden brindar una atencion unica a las comunidades.

En Oregon, las organizaciones que emplean a estos trabajadores estan recibiendo subsidios, con el objetivo de cerrar las disparidades de salud en las comunidades afectadas por la discriminacion.

El Servicio para ninos y familias de Parrott Creek fue fundado en 1968 como un centro de tratamiento residencial para jovenes en el sistema de justicia juvenil.

El director de esta organizacion sin fines de lucro, Simon Fulford, dice que el subsidio ayudara a Parrott Creek a desarrollar su programa tradicional de trabajadores de la salud que ayudan a las madres a mantenerse sobrias.

“Nuestro personal y los miembros de la comunidad que han vivido esa experiencia, han pasado por desafios en sus vidas,” dijo Fulford, agrega que “han encontrado el camino para acceder a apoyos de atencion medica o apoyos de servicios sociales y pueden compartir su aprendizaje y guiar a otros para que obtengan los servicios y apoyos adecuados.”

CareOregon esta invirtiendo 455 mil dolares en ocho grupos, incluido el Centro Asiatico de Servicios y Salud, la Organizacion Comunitaria de Migrantes y Refugiados y el Centro para Jovenes y Familias Nativo Americanos. Los grupos brindan atencion culturalmente especifica a sus clientes.

Fulford dice que a menudo es dificil para las personas combatir una adiccion a las drogas si no se cumplen sus preocupaciones principales, como tener un techo sobre la cabeza o lo suficiente para comer.

“Si podemos ayudar a reducir algunas otras barreras, tambien esto ayudara, a su vez, a reducir las de la atencion medica y brindar un acceso mas equitativo a la atencion medica”, dijo Fulford.

Fulford tambien senala que el camino hacia la recuperacion puede ser largo, con muchos altibajos. A menudo, el viaje no es lineal. Pero dice que el sistema de salud en general se esta dando cuenta de la interconexion de las necesidades de las personas, como la vivienda y la seguridad alimentaria, y que hay muchos factores para estar saludables.

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