• Supporting Your Needs in Community Healthcare (SYNCH): A Community Health Worker Training Program 

    The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit has been awarded a three million dollar grant from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration agency. SYNCH is a partnership with Geisinger, the northcentral and northeast Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) and CSIU to implement a community health worker training program to address health disparities. SYNCH will support training and apprenticeship to support 240 community health workers and health support workers. 

    Community health workers play a vital role in connecting people to services and resources to improve health outcomes. They are trained frontline public health professionals who are trusted members of, and have a close understanding, of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison to improve access to health and social services. They build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.   

    Over the three-year program, SYNCH will focus on recruiting Community Health Workers and Health Support Workers for training, enabling services, and implementing a CHW registered apprenticeship. SYNCH will recruit, train and support individuals to work as Community Health Workers and Health Support Workers who will address health inequities within the region's most vulnerable populations and help to improve individual and community health outcomes. Participants will have access to a wide variety of support such as career counseling, tuition assistance, and transportation assistance to support successful training and employment. 

    SYNCH will work with regional employers to support employment of CHW and HSW. These partnerships will allow program participants to gain valuable experience in the field and meet the requirements for state certification.