North Olympic Healthcare Network staff posing with a new Chevy Trax to be used for community outreach are, from left, CEO Michael Maxwell, MD; Community Health Worker Lauryn Garrett and Outreach and Navigation Manager Carlos Osorio.

North Olympic Healthcare Network staff posing with a new Chevy Trax to be used for community outreach are, from left, CEO Michael Maxwell, MD; Community Health Worker Lauryn Garrett and Outreach and Navigation Manager Carlos Osorio.

NOHN gets car for Community Health Workers

PORT ANGELES — North Olympic Healthcare Network has acquired a car to help Community Health Workers reach underserved patients throughout Clallam County.

North Olympic Healthcare Network (NOHN) selected a 2022 Chevy Trax from Rudell Auto and made the purchase using funds received as part of a three-year, $3.3 million grant partnership with the United Health Foundation (UHF) established last year.

“Our Community Health workers spend much of their day on the road traveling to meet with patients,” said NOHN CEO Dr. Michael Maxwell.

“They need reliable transportation to help them make these connections safely and effectively,” he said.

“We’re grateful for the grant support we’ve received for this initiative from the United Health Foundation.”

The Community Health Worker program, the first of its kind in the region, was launched last year in conjunction with the Port Angeles Fire Department’s Community Paramedicine program.

Community Health Workers provide at-risk, underserved and vulnerable populations with in-person support and assistance in connecting with medical, behavioral health, housing, education and employment resources.

“Making services accessible to everyone in our community is part of our mission as a community health center,” Maxwell said.

“Our community health workers help us accomplish this mission by meeting people where they are – be it at home, a local shelter or other community settings.”

For more about NOHN, call 360-452-7891 or visit www.nohn-pa.org.

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