Healthy Families Brooklyn

Healthy Families educates people about health and wellness and provides funding and training to improve links to health care services. Established in 2006, with the generous support from the Altus One Foundation, Healthy Families Brooklyn trains local cadres of lay people to serve as volunteers from communities of faith, community groups, non-profit agencies and the local department of health to sustain community-based patient navigation programs that help address barriers to care. Healthy Family Advocates are trained to promote healthy behaviors, helping their neighbors, families and friends apply for health coverage, set up primary care appointments, and identify community health issues, while cooperating with medical staff to provide culturally competent care in the language of choice. Advocates learn how to improve their own health and the health of their family and community in a 30-hour core training covering community health empowerment, public health access and outreach, and "the rule of three" (prevention, detection and management). Advocates learn to be effective outreach workers, building skills in

  • Communication
  • Counseling
  • Information, referral and follow-up
  • Advocacy
  • Culturally sensitive health education
  • Organizing Health Fairs
  • Data entry

Mission Statement The mission of Healthy Families is to improve the health and wellness of its communities. Healthy Families reaches populations that may not have access to the health care system, informing them of health care services and helping reduce barriers to care.

New York

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