Community Health Workers
Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC) is the lead entity for the Infant Mortality Medicaid Grant in Butler County. BCESC partners with various community-based organizations in the county in efforts to reduce infant mortality within African American communities. The infant mortality rate (IMR) refers to the death of a child under the age of 1, measured by the number of deaths reported within 1,000 live births. In 2019, the infant mortality rate for non-Hispanic Black mothers in Butler County was 14.0 per 1,000 live births, almost 2 ½ times more than non-Hispanic White babies.
One way we help reduce the rate of infant mortality in our county is through the work of community health workers. A community health worker (CHW) is an advocate for the African American community, pregnant women and their babies that promotes the development of healthy families through free home visiting services. Helping families from the communities they live in builds trusted and vital relationships between CHWs, families, and the systems of care involving Black mothers and children.
CHWs strive to create an infrastructure of partnership and collaboration with the families they serve to empower and equip them on the road to a brighter future. They are committed to utilizing all resources, connections and assets to help reduce the infant mortality rate in African American communities by assisting families to help their child reach their first birthday and beyond.
To be eligible for the free services of a CHW, you must:
- Be an African American pregnant woman or an African American caring for an infant less than 1 year old.
- Be enrolled or eligible with a Medicaid Managed Care Provider: Buckeye Health Plan, CareSource, Molina, Paramount Advantage or United Health Care.
*All families are served under the CHW program until the child turns 1 year old.
Community health workers provide monthly* home visits focused on:
- Prenatal care and early childhood development education from the Partners for Healthy Baby curriculum;
- Breastfeeding support and education from certified lactation counselors;
- Safe sleep education;
- Prenatal care advocacy and support;
- Family-focused empowerment;
- Connection to Cribs for Kids pack and play through Butler County General Health District Neighborhood Navigator (Must be at least 32 weeks gestation or have a child less than 1 year old).
*You will receive a minimum of one home visit a month from a CHW.
How To Make A Referral
Call Butler County Central Coordination to discuss program options at (513) 785-6850.