Resource for Navigating One of the Most Overlooked Kinds of Insurance

Travel Medical Insurance Worksheet for CHWsOne in eight travelers will be impacted by an unforeseen problem: medical treatment or evacuation, natural disasters, or other issues, but only 29% have travel insurance.

Even though community health workers are dedicated to helping patients choose the right health insurance, they often overlook travel insurance.This is important because most traditional health insurance doesn't cover emergencies when traveling.

Get a free copy of this special worksheet for community health workers, promotoras, peer leaders, patient navigators, health advocates, and nyone who wants to help patients choose the best travel insurance. It includes:

  • What is typically covered by health insurance policies, including Medicaid and Medicare, and what isn’t
  • A step-by-step worksheet that provides the most important questions to ask about coverage
  • Resources for buying travel medical insurance
  • Checklists for preparing for travel and in case of emergency

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    How To Make Training Investments Really Pay Off

    We recently conducted a report of our course HIV/AIDS: Supporting Community Members. The results had us giving each other high fives around the office: 70% said the course gave them the tools they directly needed for work, 90% said they had significantly increased competence in the topic, and one person said they used the course to kick-start a syringe exchange program in their community. Exactly the kinds of results we love to see.

    But when we asked how much importance learners’ managers placed on the skills and concepts they picked up, we were less than enthused. More than a third said their managers did little to let them use their new skills.

    Uh oh.

    Investing in health worker training is a smart move. It sets employers to have loyal, motivated workers who can do more on the job. Companies that invest $1500 or more for training, per employee per year, average 24 percent higher profits than companies with lower yearly training investments, according to HR Magazine. These figures are proof that training serves the organization well and increases the health of the community.

    While many employers recognize the value of investing in training, too many neglect this second step. They have to let people use what they’ve learned. Health worker training is of little use when that education ends with the last day of class.

    Here’s the secret to making sure investments in training pay off: make it easy for employees to learn, make it easy for them to share that knowledge, and set you and your staff up for success.

    1. Review your organizational goals before you register anyone in training. Your staff may love a course on creating walkable neighborhoods, but it doesn’t matter if your program’s focus is on oral health. (Read 11 Things To Know About Setting Training Program Goals.)
    2. When employees are done with a new training program, ask them to suggest new programs or improvements for existing ones based on their experience. Refer to earlier example of the syringe exchange program, which originated in a course forum discussion between two people at opposite sides of the country.
    3. Ask participants to share the knowledge they just learned. Ask them to prepare a presentation to give to the rest of the care team, or have them summarize some of the most salient resources in an email to your whole organization.

    Repeat with every person at every educational opportunity.

    5 Best Asthma Education Resources

    It’s Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, so time to refocus your education efforts for children, their parents and caregivers, and the elderly. These are some of the best resources, asthma education handouts, we’ve found for building asthma training programs and educating patients about controlling asthma and alergy attacks and triggers and managing life with the disease.

    Asthma Awareness Month Event Planning Kit

    Asthma Awareness Month Event Planning Kit

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this event planning kit to equip state and local asthma programs to hold community-based asthma awareness and action events during Asthma Awareness Month. It includes ideas and tips for planning and running community asthma events in schools, hospitals, clinics, and state capitals.

    Download the Asthma Awareness Month Event Planning Kit.

    Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative Toolkit

    Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative Toolkit

    The Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative (AFSI) from the American Lung Association is an approach to asthma management in schools. The initiative’s toolkit helps school-based programs create a long-term asthma management plan. The toolkit provides step-by-step guidance that covers tips and strategies for master planning, maximizing school services, building asthma education, providing a healthy school environment, managing physical education and activity, and additional tools and resources.

    Go to the Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative Toolkit.

    Asthma Learning Track

    CHWTraining Asthma Learning Track

    CHWTraining’s Asthma Learning Track consists of three one-week, Web-based courses on the basics of asthma, health literacy, and tobacco cessation. The comprehensive internet course provides health education teams with practical instruction in effectively using evidence-based methods to improve the lives of people with asthma through achievable changes. The basics in improving health literacy will help your team better communicate with patients and family members. A focused module on tobacco cessation will give participants tools and strategies they can use to reduce a serious irritant and cause of disease.

    Go to CHWTraining’s Asthma Learning Track.

    Preparing For Tests

    Preparing For Tests

    National Jewish Health has a collection of information sheets to help patients prepare for asthma tests for checking for conditions such as bronchitis, emphysema. The downloadable documents cover such topics as what medications to withhold, when to stop eating, and what to expect during the tests.

    Download the information sheets:


    Sesame Street A is for Asthma

    Sesame Street A is for Asthma

    A is also for “adorable” with Sesame Workshop’s project Sesame Street A is for Asthma. The education website is designed specifically for children with asthma who want to “lead fun and active lives.” The resources show children with asthma what to do when they have trouble breathing and explain to adult caregivers how to help, including instructions on how to use inhalers, and how to avoid food allergens.

    Go to Sesame Street A is for Asthma.