Partnering with Community Health Workers to Better Manage and Prevent Asthma in California
RAMP is committed to increasing access to culturally-competent quality clinical care, and has long been committed to building the field of Community Health Workers (CHWs), who are often very successful in improving health outcomes and reducing healthcare utilization. Supporting CHWs also reflects the program’s social justice focus, in that—as so many CHWs are members of the communities they serve—RAMP is building the capacity and workforce of community members.
In 2015-2016, RAMP convened Bay Area CHWs to help enhance their asthma management and prevention capacities, who in turn support over 900 families every year. In 2017, RAMP continued to host regular capacity-building workshops for CHWs across the Bay Area. Regular participants include CHWs and other asthma educators who work with vulnerable populations.
In 2017, RAMP also advocated strongly for a California bill authorizing Medi-Cal reimbursement for CHWs and others to provide asthma education and in-home environmental assessments—a bill that passed through every legislative vote with bi-partisan near-unanimous support.