CAANH Celebrates 4 Graduates of the State of CT Community Health Works Certification

July 5, 2021

CAANH is excited to congratulate Community Health Workers; Melody Vasquez, Lacole Floyd, Kashaunda Hendrix, and Jean Paul on the completion of the State of CT Community Health Workers certification. 

From May 3rd to July 5th, 2021, CHW’s completed a rigorous specialized training course that covered the core of health equity, public health education and knowledge, communication skills, care coordination, teaching & capacity building, promotion, outreach strategies, advocacy, wellness, legal and ethical issues, and data collection and documentation. 

During this participatory course, students had the opportunity to explore these topics through guided discussions, group activities, and opportunities to reflect on the health issues concerning their communities. 

Our Community Health Workers are a vital resource for improving birth outcomes for pregnant women and mother sand eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities in birth outcomes in New Haven. 

(CAANH) was established in 1978 and focuses on helping individuals and families with limited resources and complex issues by providing programs, services, case management and referrals. Also, working across sectors with community partners and state agencies through strategic delivery to other service providers. Clients benefit from: S.M.A.R.T. Women (Single Mothers Actively Reaching the Top) energy assistance (Matching Payment Plan, Operation Fuel, Homebound Service), financial literacy, job readiness, emergency food pantry, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), diaper bank, Passport Transitional Services (PTS Homeless Initiative), Youth Empowerment Pathways, YEP- Youth ages 15-17), Aging with G.R.A.C.E. (Mature Adults 55+), Healthy Options Pathway Essentials (HOPE), Father Factor, and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). 

CAANH meets the needs of distinct populations in the community such as homeless individuals, single mothers/grandmothers, youth, mature adults, fathers, and families in need. Every client that comes through our door is connected to CAANH’s “No Wrong Door” approach. A process that allows the agency to assist clients where there is an expressed need and provide a wide range of resources to move individuals towards self-sufficiency and economic sustainability.