Through the Indigenous Empowerment for Healthy Lifestyles programs, the Community Health Representatives (CHR) are responsible for providing community health care services that support patients living with chronic disease(s) and connecting patients to the right initiatives and resources. They are the liaison between patients in the community, our NACA providers, and Health Promotion staff and programs. They deliver quality health promotion and disease prevention in the community. The concept of the CHR program is to connect on a personal level with the patients and their families.
In other words, they promote a healthy lifestyle to patients and work with the health promotion staff and clinicians (medical providers and behavioral health staff) to ensure a continuum of care.
- Provides grants to 301 IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian health programs in 35 states to implement diabetes treatment and prevention services.
- Focuses on effective evidence-based intervention strategies using the SDPI Diabetes Best Practices.
- Uses a broad, community-based public health approach to diabetes treatment and prevention for American Indian and Alaska Native people.
- Identifies and develops services and activities that address local concerns and needs.