For Immediate Release - April 12, 2012

Community Health Workers Receive Training with Funding Awarded by AG Coakley’s Office

Funding a Result of Multi-State Settlement with Pharmaceutical Companies for Substandard Manufacturing

BOSTON — Three community health and education centers have been awarded a total of $100,000 to provide training to Community Health Workers (CHWs) around the state, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.  The training, funded by a recent consumer protection settlement, will support the Attorney General’s Community Health Worker Grant Program which is part of a series of health-related grant opportunities offered by the Attorney General’s Office aimed at improving health in communities throughout the Commonwealth.

“Community Health Workers play an important role in delivering quality care at community health centers around the state,” AG Coakley said.  “These funds will expand training opportunities to ensure that Community Health Workers have the information and skills they need to serve their communities effectively.” 

The funding for the training comes from a multi-state settlement with pharmaceutical manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline and SB Pharmco.  The nationwide settlement authorizes Attorneys General to use the proceeds on health care related projects. 

The following health care and education centers have been awarded funds to train CHWs:

  • Boston Community Health Education Center awarded $30,000
  • Lowell Community Health Center’s Community Health Education Center awarded $30,000
  • Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center awarded $40,000

Each training center has experience in providing both core competency and advanced training for CHWs.  The trainings will be offered to CHWs at no cost. 

CHWs provide a variety of services, including:

  • Culturally appropriate health care information, education and informal counseling;
  • Intervention or peer support on specific health issues or diseases;
  • Direct services, such as health screenings; and
  • Translation and interpretation services.   

On March 28, the Attorney General’s Office announced the grant application process for Community Health Worker Grants, a program designed to support and complement the Attorney General’s strategic health care priorities, including  controlling health care costs; improving health care quality; supporting health care reform; improving chronic disease management; reducing health disparities; and promoting wellness of vulnerable populations.  The application deadline for this grant is May 10, 2012.  

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