Connecting Communities to Care in Wyandotte County

Community health worker Claudia Rodriguez-Rios addresses attendees at a community event Aug. 10, 2016, where the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County, in partnership with Kansas City CARE Clinic, was awarded a $1.9 million grant from United Health Foundation to support its recently launched Community Health Worker Collaborative. As one of seven new community health workers engaged in the local initiative, Claudia spoke of her passion for supporting Wyandotte County residents in accessing the care and resources to address social and health needs.

In partnership with United Health Foundation, Community Health Council (CHC) of Wyandotte County is adding seven new full-time community health workers (CHWs) to help improve coordination of local, culturally competent, affordable primary care for lower-income, underserved residents in Wyandotte County.

Through the CHC's partnership with United Health Foundation, which provided a $1.9 million grant to help expand the initiative, the additional CHWs will provide more outreach to Wyandotte County residents. CHWs will continue to reduce barriers to care for residents most in need, including diverse populations such as immigrants and refugees, with the goal of reaching more than 10,000 people across Wyandotte County with access to high-quality health care.

"I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve my community and witness the impact we have in people's lives," said Carolina Biagi, a CHW serving Wyandotte County's English-, Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking populations. "Our underserved community faces many challenges, so it is beautiful to be there to help families connect with resources and be by their side through the process."

Learn more about how we are partnering to build a healthier Kansas.

Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Mark Holland addresses attendees at a community event Aug. 10, 2016, where the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County, in partnership with Kansas City CARE Clinic, was awarded a $1.9 million grant from United Health Foundation to support its recently launched Community Health Worker Collaborative.

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