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Cultural & Community Health

CCHR’s work very closely with nurses and others in healthcare teams to help improve and maintain the spiritual, physical, intellectual, social and emotional well-being of individuals, families and their communities. Under the direction of health care professionals, they may provide services in all or some of the following areas:

  • health promotion and education
  • client care
  • health protection
  • community advocacy
  • cultural liaison
  • administration

 

For example, community health representatives:

  • Assist with organizing health education workshops
  • Design or help create culturally appropriate education resources
  • Conduct home visits to build relationships with community members and provide information and support
  • Assist with providing health promotion and injury prevention services such as prenatal classes, elders’ luncheons or health conferences
  • Assist in infant and adult immunization programs
  • Monitor clients who have chronic diseases
  • Conduct home visits, and coordinate the good food box program
  • Deliver prescriptive medicines to elders with no other help available
  • Assist with health screening programs such as scheduling regular mammogram appointments for women, pre-school screening, and tb screening
  • Implement school-based programs such as head checks and project Charlie
  • Refer clients and families to appropriate resources and services, and help them overcome any access barriers
  • Recommend improvements regarding the delivery of health care
  • Act as a liaison and collaborate with community leaders, agencies and service providers
  • Assist with coordinating or facilitating community health initiatives such as healthy babies programs
  • Monitor the safety of the community’s water supply
  • Provide information about personal hygiene, safe food handling, safe water quality and waste disposal
  • Assist in the investigation of communicable disease outbreaks and provide information, screening, and follow-up
  • Assist in housing inspections, emergency preparedness and disaster planning, and helping to plan and provide necessary support at special or planned events (for example, special assemblies, feasts, conferences, etc.)
  • Translate or describe routine medical processes and procedures for clients or interpret cultural practices or beliefs for health care professionals
  • Assist in developing partnerships with community-based agencies or external health care providers

For more information or to request assistance in any of the above areas, click here to contact the CCHR in your community.