The State Health Improvement Plan includes goals to reduce binge drinking, marijuana use in youth, non-medical use of pain relievers, drug-related overdose deaths, cigarette and tobacco use, and smoking during pregnancy.
The CHW serving Greater Sullivan County is a free resource for 18-25 year olds to support them with social determinants of health. The role of a CHW is to work one-on-one with clients to help them identify their challenges and barriers in the community and then assist them in finding resources to help them overcome those challenges in order to reach their goals. A few things a CHW would assist with are: goal-setting, making phone calls together with a client, going to appointments, and offering informal therapy and support through motivational interviewing. The referral process to work with a CHW is rather easy. If the referral is coming from a formal resource, they must follow their code for confidentiality and get a signed release form from the client before emailing or calling me with their information. If it is from an informal source – anyone can call, email, or send a message to the CHW Facebook page asking to meet and talk more about their situation.
These are the three main ways one can send the CHW a referral:
1. Warm hand off – Community Partner gets permission from client to talk with CHW and CHW attends meeting with Community Partner and client for introduction.
2. Community Partner gets permission to release client’s information to CHW and CHW reaches out to schedule appointment
3. The client receives CHW information and reaches out on their own
Contact our CHW! Jose Rodriguez - Email: Jose.E.Rodriguez@Hitchcock.org | Phone: 603-727-2213
Prior to joining the team at the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network (GSCPHN), Ashley worked for the Homeless Prevention Center in Rutland, Vermont for four years, as a Service Coordinator in permanent supportive housing for homeless families, as well as, a chair for the HUD Continuum of Care in Rutland. Ashley also holds a B.S. in Biology from Saint Michael’s College and MPH in Public Health with a focus in sexual and reproductive health and from the University of Vermont.
In her current role at the GSCPHN, Ashley works within Sullivan County and co-collaborates with the Upper Valley, to empower and promote collaboration to combat substance use disorders at the community level from a systems level perspective. You can find more information on our staff page.