Thanks to a nearly $600,000 Episcopal Health Foundation grant, the McLennan County Community Health Worker Initiative will be implemented in the Greater Waco community in the coming months. Providence Healthcare Network, Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, Family Health Center and the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District are working together to address access to healthcare in the Waco community. In addition to collaborating to bring the CHW program to Waco, Providence Healthcare Network and Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center are providing financial support for the program.
There will be 12 Community Health Workers in four high-need zip codes– 76704, 76705, 76706 and 76707. The CHWs will receive state-approved 160 hours of training to become a certified CHW. Community Health Workers will not provide healthcare, but will connect community members to appropriate healthcare resources to help community members lead a healthier lifestyle.