community health aides

community health aides,

n.pl the paraprofessionals who assist in the treatment or support of patients (in their residential setting) within the patient's community environment.
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For Alaskans in even more remote locations, community health aides and behavioral health aides can provide day-to-day care, visiting itinerant counselors offer less frequent services, and telehealth augments those offerings.
35) Currently there are over 550 Community Health Aides (CHAs) that perform over 350,000 patient visits a year, and these CHAs are essential to providing healthcare to rural Alaska Natives.
Bethel physicians consult daily with about 150 community health aides, typically Native Alaskan women who have an 8th to 12th grade education and serve as physicians' eyes and ears across the vast land.
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has a regional hospital in Bethel as well as community health aides.
To this end, a number of different providers--ranging among community health aides, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and doctors--work together to provide the care that each community needs.
YKHC has five sub-regional clinics and forty-two village clinics, and the SRCs may employ Community Health Aides and may have a Physician Assistant or locum assigned.
While there, they also held a videoconference training for community health aides in the surrounding villages.
Although most of the hospital's 500 employees are based in Nome, they travel regularly to outlying villages to provide services beyond what community health aides are trained to make available.
About 75 percent of those cases have been sent from community health aides to family physicians.
Community health aides diagnose afflictions, prescribe medications and relay messages to doctors in more urban areas via radio.
Community health aides, Alaska's version of China's "barefoot doctors," are getting more training and support as they work directly with the people in their villages.
Key to these successes are a dedicated corps of community health aides, supported by specialists in regional and urban medical facilities; advanced telecommunications; and strong, coherent political advocacy.
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