Spectrum Generations, central Maine’s Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Center, in collaboration with Seniors Plus, western Maine’s AAA and ADRC, was one of four from a diverse group of organizations to be awarded the Community Health Worker Pilot Project Grant through the Maine Centers for Disease Control, according to a Spectrum Geneteations press release. The Affordable Care Act recognizes Community Health Workers as integral members of the health care workforce who contribute to an improved care experience, better health, and reduced health care costs — all part of what is known as the Triple Aim.

Spectrum Generations focus will be to improve care for high-risk, disabled and caregiving adults in northern Kennebec and Somerset counties, while SeniorsPlus will provide CHW services in Franklin and Oxford counties. Both agencies will help clients who have chronic conditions by reducing the need for high cost interventions and link clients to patient centered medical home care, promote wellness, medication adherence and self-management through group and individual interventions and education.

Spectrum Generations Community Health Workers will serve as a bridge between the community and healthcare, government and social service systems. This pilot project will integrate best practices to help address chronic disease management, increase preventive screenings, improve patient experiences and promote appropriate use of healthcare resources.

For more information, call 639-1553 or visit spectrumgenerations.org.

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