Tuberculosis Community Outreach Project in Pennsylvania
Immigrants, especially migrant workers, experience some of the highest rates of tuberculosis (TB) in the United States. CHS undertook a targeted, health-education initiative to reduce TB disease among recently arrived Cuban immigrants around the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
- Sought volunteers from the community with previous health training (clinicians, nurses, and allied health professionals) to become Community TB Outreach Volunteers in an effort to support their communities with information about TB risk, services available, and treatment opportunities.
- Developed Spanish-language TB-awareness messages targeted towards the Cuban and wider Hispanic immigrant community in Lancaster County
- In 2014, a total of 1,402 community members were reached with TB-related health awareness messages during 181 presentations.
- Due to the volunteers reach and respect within their community, they were able to make significant impact with relatively little investment.
PNC Charitable Trust