The Business Case for Community Health Workers in Connecticut

The Business Case for Community Health Workers in Connecticut

Presented by: Carl Rush and Meredith Ferraro

Carl H. Rush, MRP

Research Affiliate, Project on Community Health Worker Policy & Practice
University of Texas – Houston, Institute for Health Policy

Carl H. Rush, MRP has worked full time for and with community health workers (CHWs) for the past 18 years. He serves as a core team member of a new policy center on CHWs at the University of Texas – Houston School of Public Health, and has supported studies on CHW employment policy for the states of Texas and Indiana, and for Public Health Seattle/King County. He is currently revising a national e-learning series for the CDC on policy and systems change, to promote employment of CHWs, and is working on a national study of the content of “benchmark” training curricula for CHWs as well as a textbook on supervision of CHWs. He is co-convener of a group of national organizations and federal agencies tracking implementation of the recent Medicaid rule change on preventive services. Carl was a lead author on the CHW National Workforce Study for the HRSA Bureau of Health Professions (2007). He was the first Director of the New Jersey CHW Institute and ran the CHW Program at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio. Carl has also trained CHWs, supervisors and instructors in seven other states, and has provided technical assistance to grantees of the CDC, HRSA and CMS. He has consulted for Migrant Health Promotion, the CHW National Education Collaborative (U.S. Department of Education), the American Dental Association, the National Council for Behavioral Health, and various AHEC programs. He has advised CHW policy initiatives in more than 15 individual states, and groups of state officials for the Milbank Memorial Fund, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Governors Association. He is an advisor to the Transition Clinics Network and the CHW Knowledge Exchange Project at Johns Hopkins University. He has served in leadership positions with the CHW Section of APHA since 2004, and on the APHA Governing Council, Education Board and Joint Policy Committee.

Meredith C. Ferraro, MS

Meredith has been Executive Director of the Southwestern Area Health Education Center (AHEC) for 16 years, moving into the non-profit world after a career in Physical/Hand Therapy. She received her BS in Physical Therapy from NYU, and her MS in Health Sciences Education from Stony Brook University. She has practiced PT in various settings and served on several national Boards: the American Society of Hand Therapists, the Hand Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Hand Therapy. As a founding member of the Hand Therapy Certification Commission, she participated in the development of the Hand Therapy Certification Examination. She has had full-time academic appointments at Touro College and Housatonic Community College, and taught part-time for SUNY Buffalo, Stony Brook University and NYU PT Programs. As a clinician, professor, and Executive Director, she continues to promote health and wellness through AHEC’s Mission: “Opening Doors to better health for vulnerable populations through education, careers and outreach.” We do this by enhancing access to quality primary and preventive health care in southwestern CT by linking Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health.

Meredith lives in Bridgeport, CT and is happily married to her husband, Robert for 35 years. She has two sons, Paul and Gregory, 2 dogs, and a cat. She enjoys the beach, and going to the gym.

PDF of Business Case for Community Health Workers Presentation from the December 11, 2014 Conference – “The Business Case for Community Health Workers: Employers & the Affordable Care Act” presented by: Carl Rush and Meredith Ferraro

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