Reflections on BMS Grantee Summit

Date
March 25, 2014
August 18, 2021
New state program standardizes training and certification for CHWs
Newly launched Colette Lamothe-Galette – Community Health Worker Institute standardizes essential training and certification for New Jersey CHWs.
Morgan Steward, Executive Coordinator & Special Assistant, Board Governance
Gloved hands holding vaccine vials
August 5, 2021
Explaining the delta variant, breakthrough cases, and more
Dr. Jubril answers your pressing questions about COVID-19, including natural immunity, vaccinating kids 12-18, and J&J safety.
Jubril Oyeyemi, Medical Director
July 28, 2021
Consumer Spotlight: Camden’s COVID Community Ambassadors
Camden Coalition Community Ambassadors played an integral role in community outreach and education about COVID testing, contract tracing.
Maritza Gomez, Program Manager, Community Engagement & Evelyne Kane, Program Manager, Community Engagement
July 23, 2021
2021 conference overview: Learning from trauma, building trust, and nurturing community healing
Our 2021 national conference focuses on what we've learned post-pandemic and how we can help our communities heal.
Teri Willard, Administrative Coordinator, Field Building and Resources
Camden Coalition staff and partners pose together at COVID-19 vaccine event
July 15, 2021
Being the bridge: Ensuring access to care and information through the pandemic and beyond
Under-served communities like Camden were hit hardest by COVID-19. We're linking community members & providers to the info and services they need.
Hannah Mogul-Adlin, Senior Communications Manager
July 12, 2021
Student homelessness trends in Camden and the looming impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
A new report based on our integrated data shows student homelessness is rising in Camden.
Krystin Sinclair, Americorps Vista Data Analyst, and Aaron Truchil, Director of Analytics

Last month our staff had the opportunity to attend the Bristol-Myers Squibb Grantee Summit on diabetes. Heidy Espada, our LPN, took some wonderful photos and reflected on her experience:

Recently I had the awesome opportunity to attend the BMS summit in Atlanta Georgia.  I’m always amazed at how we, as a Coalition, impact so many people in other organizations. Just about every speaker quoted something from Dr Brenner’s speech. We are so proud of our mighty leader in transforming healthcare.Some things I found interesting that we are currently doing and are implemeted in organizations:

  • flexibility with patients; patients are being seen at the home, community centers, and even the patient’s jobs
  • the role of community healthcare workers is on demand;  more and more organizations are seeing the value of community healthcare workers
  • meeting patients where they are “at”;  not forcing patients to change but more or less helping patients at whatever stage they may be in behavioral change.
  • the importance of not giving to much information to patients even though our gut says she needs to know this or that. It’s more beneficial to to help the pt come to conclusions on their own. So though not to many people knew of Motivational interviewing, they know of the importance of this “language”

We are on the right track in transforming how healthcare needs to be for our patients regardless of age, race,ethnicity, sex, economic status, education level,  religious beliefs, or health issues.

Heidy Espada is an LPN and manages the New Jersey Medication Access and Compliance Program, where she helps qualified patients secure free medication through several pharmaceutical manufacturers’ patient assistance programs.  The patients she assists often have no other means of getting the medication they need.  In coordination with the primary care provider, she reviews all prescription and dosage information, provides education, and helps patients manage their medication regime.   A resident of Camden, Heidy has several years of experience working in healthcare, including in adult and child day care, patient rehab, and medical records.  She is a graduate of Camden County Technical Vocational School and received her Practical Nursing Diploma from Lincoln Technical Institute.

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