Community health workers (CHWs) — also referred to as community health representatives and promotoras de salud — are frontline public health workers who are trusted and welcomed into the homes of their communities.
COVID-19 and health equity
The impact of COVID-19 has challenged border communities who were already working to improve their region’s social determinants of health — conditions where people live, learn, work, and play that affect their health and quality of life.
On May 19, the one-day, online conference, “COVID-19 and Social Determinants of Health: Impact on the Border,” 8:30–11:30 a.m., will bring… Read more
Learn more about the Great Beginnings for Healthy Native Smiles project in our February 2021 newsletter:
A mere six months before the pandemic, Amy Armstrong-Heimsoth, associate clinical professor, NAU Department of Occupational Therapy, and her community partner Shevaun Sullivan, director of group home relations for OCJ Kids or Opportunity, Community and Justice for Kids, in Phoenix, received funding from the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative’s Community-Campus Partnership Support (CCPS) for their project.
Their plan… Read more
Opioid addiction and other substance use disorders have surged to become a major national health priority in recent years.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), where physicians use carefully regulated medications to help patients overcome their addictions, is one of the most popular and effective treatment approaches, but is often hampered by the need for patients to… Read more
Researchers in Northern Arizona University’s Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) and the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative (SHERC) recently received four grants totaling more than $1 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NAU Regents’ Professor Julie Baldwin, director of CHER and the principal investigator for three of these projects explained… Read more