Project Term: 24 months; Ended 2018
Grant Amount: $140,772
This project created a plan to support the broader use of community health workers (CHWs) in Montana. CHWs are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of the communities they serve. They are intended to serve as a liaison between community members and health and social service providers in order to facilitate access to care, transportation, appropriate follow-up, and continuity of services. Over the course of the grant, the project achieved several major accomplishments. 1) It created a Montana CHW curriculum which includes nationally recognized core competencies as well as a focus on issues of importance to Montana. 2) It developed a training program for CHWs. The curriculum is currently offered online through the AHEC system partners and will also be piloted as a classroom training program. 3) As a result of this project, the MT AHEC Program was able to apply for and receive funding for a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Grant from HRSA which pays the cost of training CHWs in Montana.