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Racial & Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)

RACIAL & ETHNIC APPROACHES TO COMMUNITY HEALTH (REACH)

What is REACH?

REACH is a national program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. Through REACH, local programs offer culturally appropriate services to help individuals address a wide range of health issues. Project Access-New Haven (PA-NH) has partnered with the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE), Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), and many other community partners to implement REACH in New Haven.

A PA-NH REACH community health worker (CHW) plays a key role in this program by linking participants with clinical resources for primary and preventative healthcare services and community-based resources for health-related social needs.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

In order to be eligible, individuals must have a need for CHW services to address a healthcare or health-related social need:

In Order to be Eligible

individuals must have a need for

Establishment of a primary care provider, insurance application assistance, referrals for health screening services

In Order to be Eligible

individuals must have a need for

Food insecurity, housing insecurity, transportation, utility concerns

*Eligibility is determined by completing a brief screening questionnaire with a member of the PA-NH REACH team.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

STEP

one

Members of the PA-NH REACH team are on-site at food pantries in the New Haven, CT area during regularly scheduled times. Current locations include the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) and Loaves and Fishes at Saint Paul’s and Saint James’ Episcopal Church.

STEP

two

During these times, members of the PA-NH REACH team are available to give out information, explain the program, answer questions, and complete the brief screening questionnaire. Individuals who complete the screening and are found to have one or more need(s) will be contacted by the PA-NH REACH CHW to discuss enrollment in the program.

STEP

three

Once enrolled, the PA-NH REACH CHW will work with each participant to identify locally available resources to address identified needs. The PA-NH CHW will assist with connections to clinical and community-based resources and provide guidance and support.

*Additional food pantry locations will be added as the program expands. Please call the PA-NH office for more information about REACH community locations and schedules..

With the Support of Sponsors and Community Partners:

PA-NH provides donated medical services to patients of limited insurance status. Patient Navigators assist patients with appointments and navigation of the health care system. Barriers to access are addressed so that physicians can focus on delivering the highest quality care.

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