Stark County THRIVE Pathways Hub is an initiative coordinated through the Canton City Health Department to help prevent infant mortality and reduce disparities in birth outcomes. The program brings together community providers, medical resources and social services to help ensure all Stark County babies celebrate their first birthdays.
This data-driven, county-wide system provides care coordination services through the support of community health workers (CHWs). CHWs are certified through the Ohio Board of Nursing and employed by medical clinics, social services agencies and other organizations throughout Stark County.
Payments are coordinated through Medicaid managed care plans and other funding partners with no cost to the patient.
Connecting families with medical and social services to help prevent infant mortality and reduce disparities in birth outcomes.
Local health care providers identify needs in the community and refer patients to the Stark County THRIVE Pathways HUB.
Enrolled clients receive a comprehensive risk assessment and work with their CHW to prioritize their health and social needs.
Care plans are developed using the Stark County THRIVE Pathways HUB model, connecting families to health coverage, food, housing, transportation and more.
Clients meet with their CHWs at least monthly, working together to coordinate their care and address their needs one by one.
The THRIVE staff tracks data to reduce duplication of services and make sure clients receive the most appropriate, evidence-based care.
When Shawna and her husband found out they were pregnant, they didn’t know where to start. Then they met a THRIVE Community Health Worker at a local health fair. She connected them to an obstetrician, discussed what their Medicaid Plan had to offer for transportation and even helped them enroll in a program that rewards them for going to their prenatal, post-partum and well-baby appointments. “THRIVE has supported us along the way,” she said. “And even connected my husband to the Stark County Fatherhood Coalition and the Dr. Dad program.”
“I really value the help my Community Health Worker gives me with finding resources such as baby clothes, safe sleep information and other topics.”
“I feel respected and supported.”
“I appreciate that my THRIVE Community Health Worker is culturally related ( … ) and has similar life experiences.”
“My THRIVE Community Health Worker always responds very quickly to my calls.”
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