Brittany Engstrom is a Community Health Worker in the Department of Health.,

DOVER ― Bridges to Wellness, an Access Tuscarawas program, announced the placement of a new Community Health Worker within the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

Brittany Engstrom, a licensed physician assistant with the Tuscarawas County Health Department, recently completed her community health worker training and is now taking on new credentials. She is in the process of receiving her certification through the Ohio Board of Nursing.

“We are truly excited to work with the Bridges to Wellness program to improve our community services and help local families connect with our health services,” said Clinical Coordinator Chelsea Martin. “Having a community health worker also allows us to work more closely with partner agencies to ensure families’ needs are met.

Community health workers connect with families to guide them through the process of accessing local resources such as vaccinations, transportation, utility assistance, housing assistance and more. They also work directly with pregnant women who need to be referred and connected to services for diapers, well visits, infant formula and other needs.

“Our (community health workers) worked daily with the WIC and health education divisions of the Tuscarawas County Health Department and this partnership just made sense,” said Paige Dugan, director of the Bridges to Wellness. “We are excited to have the opportunity to now place a (community health worker) directly within the health department to better serve families in our community in an even greater capacity.”

Eligible clients include those receiving Medicaid benefits, but others who need help are also encouraged to seek help.

The most recent partnership brings the total number of agencies with a community health worker to six: Tuscarawas County Health Department, Tuscarawas County Senior Center, Friends of the Homeless, New Philadelphia Fire Department, Mediwise Pharmacy and Tuscarawas Family and Children FirstCouncil.

For more information or to contact a local community health worker, email or call 234-801-8009.

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