Breast and cervical cancers are common and deadly. The American Cancer Society (ACA) estimates that, each year, more than 250,000 women and 2,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. About 40,610 women and 460 men die from it. Another 12,820 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 4,210 women die from it. Cis-gendered men cannot contract cervical cancer, but they can become infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), one of its main causes. They can then give HPV to partners who could develop cervical cancer.
Looking for breast and cervical cancers early—before any symptoms appear—is an important way to save women’s lives.
This module will help you understand breast cancer, cervical cancer and HPV so that you can educate your clients about the importance of early detection through regular screenings. You will also learn about risk factors and preventive strategies that may help keep your clients healthy and cancer-free.
The simple act of remembering to take a pill or having a prescription filled seems small. However, the ability to follow directions for taking medication can be one of the most important things a person can do for their health. Medication adherence is always important, especially for addressing serious health issues such as diabetes or hypertension. Remembering to take a pill can make the difference between recovery and staying sick.
Poor medication adherence is costly. It accounts for the deaths of 125,000 Americans each year and $300 billion a year in healthcare costs. Helping people understand and follow directions for taking medicine can drastically improve their lives and reduce those costs.
You play an important role in helping people understand how important medication adherence is for their overall health. Improving Medication Adherence will help you develop the knowledge and skills to support the health of the communities in which you work. You will learn what medication adherence is, understand what an impact it has on health management and acquire practical tips you can use with patients to help them adhere to their prescriptions.
•Understand the value of the Community Health Worker (CHW) model as a strategy for improving access and coordination of services.
•Explain how the CHW model can be used to improve the quality and safety of health care by improving care transitions from hospitals to other settings.
•Describe the effectiveness and return on investment of CHW integration into care teams to reduce hospital readmissions, address high rates of hospitalizations among the population, and inappropriate ED visits.
•Recall 3 mechanisms for referring patients to the Ways2Wellness CONNECT CHW Program.
•Recall the Ways2Wellness CONNECT program patient eligibility guidelines for CHW services
- Teacher: Laura Remick