On Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, NRC Community Health Worker Cohort 1 students gave a presentation to Project Rise participants about the role they play in their own health, with a multi-tiered focus. NRC students spoke about price disparities–how processed foods are often advertised at sale prices, while healthier products are much more costly–and the layout of grocery stores–how fresh produce is often located just on the perimeters whereas processed foods fill the bulk of stores. CHW students highlighted that individuals should and can inquire about the foods they consume to take an active role in determining which foods are healthy.
In addition to food consumption, CHW students told participants about the importance of being more engaged in their overall health. For example, resources both on-campus and throughout the city, provide individuals with information about sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. These resources give information about protecting oneself against STDs and also talk about the positive impacts of taking control of one’s sexual health.
Community Health Worker jobs are growing in number, complexity and importance…
At 22,053,900 projected workers in 2020, the healthcare industry makes up the largest segment of the United States’ economy. Not just doctors and nurses, the healthcare industry also broadly encompasses the nonclinical, community and social service, and support positions that comprise 42% of the healthcare workforce.
The community health worker has taken on new importance as hospitals look to extend themselves and bring healthcare services to patients where they live. Among the occupations with the largest percentage increases across the country, office workers such as medical office specialists, office supervisors, and medical records technicians have seen their positions adapt and grow. And, a new position, often referred to as patient navigator or patient representative, has been created to facilitate smooth coordination of health services for patients.
The Direct Care Counseling at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is a full-time training program, offered Monday-Friday from 9 am – 5 pm. The DCC program prepares student to work in the mental health field dealing with individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Training includes Approved Medication Administration & Personal, Strategic Crisis Intervention and Prevention and CPR/First Aid. Upon Completion of DCC training, students earn/bank 3 college credits towards an AAS Degree in Human Services at BMCC
For more information and to register for an upcoming info session, please call: 212-346-8435.