Michelle Heisler, one of the project's leaders, describes how the community health worker program aims to help Medicaid enrollees surmount barriers to accessing quality care. If found to be successful and cost-effective, this model could be disseminated to other neighborhoods in Detroit as a comprehensive approach to improve the well-being of residents in Detroit and strengthen neighborhood networks of support.
Detroit Community Health Worker Project
Community Health Workers (CHWs) are frontline public health professionals who facilitate access to health and social services, typically serving the communities they call their own. In partnership with community organizations, Medicaid-managed care plans, and the Detroit Health Department, IHPI is helping to develop and assess the impact of an innovative CHW demonstration project in the city's Cody Rouge neighborhood. The program focuses on improving health service utilization, health status, quality of life, and reducing gaps in care, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of Detroit residents.