TCNY 2020 | Community Health Workers Can Improve Health Outcomes in Children

TCNY 2020 | Community Health Workers Can Improve Health Outcomes in Children


All across the city collaborations among community
organizations, local businesses, health care providers, and most importantly everyday New
Yorkers who want to have healthier communities have been doing amazing work to make our city
a healthier place for everyone. With that in mind, we are featuring some of
the exciting work that community leaders are doing to promote health. We hope that the
following video inspires you to adopt similar work in your own communities or to find other
ways that you can make New York City healthier and more equitable for everyone. Especially for children with asthma, there
have been a few incidents where, unfortunately, children had passed away just because of the
complications of their conditions. My children have had to miss school for a
week or even two weeks because when they get real sick, they take time. Because they have
chronic or severe asthma and I can’t take them because they can’t attend school or
go anywhere. Many of our clients don’t understand how to
properly use medication. They’ve seen their child with this problem
that they get so used to it that they depend, mostly, on the emergency room and think that
that’s the way out. She came to my house and we were going over
what the problem was that I was having, what medications she was taking because I definitely
did not know how to give her the inhaler. I was giving it to her the wrong way, and
she explained very well how I had to give it to her. The process was excellent. From
there, a plan was put in place with my daughter. The home visit program is able to go into
a home and survey the home to see if there are pests that need attention, or whether
any remediation to fix any mold or any structures that are damaged that would improve the quality
of life for those families. This information there is helping them going
less to the emergency room, and actually going to their PCP (primary care provider) for checkups,
regular checkups. And yeah, miss less school. I would like the whole community to know about
this program because there are a lot of children and mothers who are suffering through the
same as I went through. It has helped me, it has changed my life and my children’s
lives. They do not get sick that often anymore. Well they practice soccer, so before they
used to get more tired with their breathing and all that. So now they have been a little
more active. I no longer have to worry about them getting a cough or all of that. So they
are happy. And that makes me very happy too. Thank you for your interest in Take Care New
York 2020, the city’s blueprint for improving the health of all New Yorkers and advancing
health equity across the city.

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