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Community Health Worker

Community health workers are people who know their communities well and are interested in improving the health of others. They help connect people to health providers and they promote good health practices within the community. Community health workers understand well the customs, culture and language of their neighbors and are able to talk about health related matters in an easy-to-understand manner. Our community health workers help connect their friends and neighbors to the services that we provide and help promote our services and upcoming events.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer community health worker, please contact Maria Schinstock at mschinstock@phsneb.org. She can discuss training opportunities with you and the types of activities that you may be asked to do to assist us with helping our community to be healthier and safer. Together we can make a difference!

Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach

smart movesThe Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a 16 week evidence based lifestyle change program designed to help pre-diabetic individuals reduce their overall risk for diabetes. Classes meet weekly for 16 weeks and then monthly up to a year. The DPP curriculum has already demonstrated positive results nationwide. Participants of the DPP have a reduction in overall body fat of 5 to 7% and increase their physical activity to 150 minutes or more per week. The program is taught by lay facilitators. If you are interested in finding out more details on how to become a lifestyle coach, contact Jennifer Hansen @ jhansen@phsneb.org.

Medical Reserve Corps

MedicalReserveCorpsLogoThe Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises 997 community-based units and over 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories. For more information about the MRC go to: medicalreservecorps.gov, to get involved locally contact kbuser@phsneb.org.

 

Non-Certified Community CPR Training

Public Health Solutions’ Saving Rural Hearts staff and community volunteers from throughout the five-county district offer training attendees simple instructions for:

  • Recognizing Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  • Calling 911
  • Performing life-saving hands-only CPR, and
  • Using an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Students practice chest compression and AED use on manikins. The training is FREE and takes approximately 30 minutes.

To request or schedule a FREE hands-only CPR and AED training, contact Kate Lange, RN, BSN, at kate@phsneb.org or 402-826-6694.