Tell us about yourself.
I have three daughters: Brittnie, Alexis, and Madison – each with their own unique personality. I have been a Nurse (LPN) since 1996, caring for and helping people – it’s what I enjoy doing most. My grandmother, mother, and sister are also in the Nursing profession, so it’s in the family blood!
What does being a Community Health Worker mean to you?
The role of a CHW is to advocate for individual and community health needs. We give appropriate information and help to bridge the gap with different programs and medical referrals/care, depending on each individual need. As CHWs, we are capable of providing preventative, promotional, and rehabilitative care to our community. We form a bond with our clients and walk with them to help them with what they need.
What are some examples of things you’ve been able to accomplish with your clients so far?
I have been able to help my clients access heating assistance, housing assistance, and clothing for their children -especially hats and gloves for the upcoming winter months. I’ve also helped them fill out applications, apply for WIC and apply for Cribs for Kids to receive a much-needed pack n’ play.
What is the most rewarding part of being a Community Health Worker?
The most rewarding part of being a CHW is seeing my clients getting the assistance they need. One client said to me with a smile: “It’s like a chip being lifted off my shoulders!” I have also formed a great bond with my clients; in fact, I was invited and attended two of my clients’ baby showers. It was really nice and rewarding to be able to see all the many wonderful gifts they both received; and just being able to be a part of each of the clients’ special day was rewarding to me.
If you could tell people one thing about your co-workers and fellow CHWs, what would it be?
The women I work with are the best, each with their own personality. As a whole, they are friendly, caring, outgoing, and one thing we all have in common is that we all want to make our community better! I enjoy sharing with others who have no idea what resources are out there for them to help with their various individual needs.