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Community Health Workers Are Helping Minnesotans Access Better Care

Jul 18, 2016

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Northern Minnesota residents are receiving much-needed help accessing health care services as a result of training provided by Northwest Technical College and Optivation, a custom college and outreach training venture operated jointly by the college and Bemidji State University.

In late June, Optivation wrapped up classroom work for two cohorts of students pursuing Community Health Worker certificates - one group as part of a partnership with Bemidji’s Northern Dental Access Center funded by a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant, and a second providing opportunities for women in the region through a partnership with the Northwest Indian Community Development Center.

“Community Health Workers are a new position created out of industry need,” said Kerry Ross, executive director of Optivation. “They support patients and help them navigate our complicated health care system.”

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