The Community Health Worker Pilot is a multi-pronged initiative that trains community health workers (CHWs) to engage and educate local neighborhoods on gambling-related harms, resources, and community services available to them.
CHWs are “frontline agents of change.” They often reside in the communities where they work, so they can reach community residents in the places they work, play, worship, and live (site). CHWs directly address inequities in health and access to prevention and care by building bridges among marginalized communities and systems of care.
The key components of this project include:
Engage with local neighborhoods to provide community members with education and resources and to gather and share their concerns.
Establish multi-sector partnerships to support practice and/or policy change that ensures inclusion of community members.
Evaluate policy and practice change to mitigate the harms of problem gambling.
“It’s our responsibility to make sure that the problems and solutions community residents discuss with us are uplifted to city and state policymakers. They know their community and are in the best position to identify solutions.”
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing problems with gambling and need support, call 1.800.327.5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org to speak with a trained specialist. Specialists are available 24/7. Services are free, confidential, and available in multiple languages.