Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) seeks to improve the wellbeing of Franklin County residents by expanding and enhancing existing partnerships with local organizations in innovative ways to respond to COVID-19. With strong collaboration among local entities, utilization of published data and the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resilient Communities (CCR) grant, FCPH will have the ability to build an infrastructure of Community Health Workers (CHWs) to address the disparities in access to COVID-19 services and address factors that increase risk of severe COVID-19 illness within Franklin County. FCPH is requesting grant funding to implement the specific strategies outlined in Component A: Capacity Building.
Using funds from the CDC Community Health Workers for COVID CCR grant, FCPH proposes to do the following:
" Increase the skills and capacity of CHWs through training to provide services and support for COVID-19 and Social Determinant of Health efforts;
" Support training opportunities for CHWs by utilizing the Certified Pathways HUB model;
" Expand CHWs outreach into organizations and targeted priority populations who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19;
" Effectively communicate outreach and education messaging to targeted populations;
" Improve the use of data collection methods to document engagements of CHWs within target populations.
By implementing the strategies, FCPH expects to capture the following long-term outcomes:
" Decreased impact of COVID-19 on those at risk and settings
" Increased community resilience to respond to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies
" Decreased health disparities
" Increased health equity.