1. HCC Awarded Grant to Expand Community Health Worker Program

    HCC Awarded Grant to Expand Community Health Worker Program

    Holyoke Community College has been awarded a grant of more than $400,000 from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to expand its Community Health Worker program in partnership with area employers. The four-year, $431,227 allocation will enable approximately 120 people to take a series of three credit-bearing classes to enhance their education and training as community health workers. The three classes — free for those accepted into the grant program — were selected in consultation with representatives from Behavioral Health Network and the Gandara Center, two regional, nonprofit behavioral-health agencies.

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    1. We're partnering with BHN and Gandara, and they're sending a bunch of their current staff who are already working in various capacities with clients.
    2. Historically, community health workers are bilingual and bicultural, and they're from the communities that they serve.
    3. Some people might want to work in a more clinical healthcare setting, like working in a health center.
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