Oregon-Based Community Health Center Expands Role of Community Health Workers with Acquisition of Healthy Living Digital Platform by and for Latinas
— Max Janasik, CEO, One Community Health
HOOD RIVER, OR, USA, Oct. 4, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — One Community Health (OCH) has acquired Portland-based De Las Mías, a digital platform and mobile app designed by and for Latinas. Through a mutual love of food, language, and community combined with evidence-based behavior change models, De Las Mías, founded in 2015, empowers Latinas and their families to live healthier lives. and happier.
For more than 36 years, OCH CHWs or Promotores de Salud have played a vital role in providing culturally relevant health information to patients and the greater Columbia Gorge community. OCH and De Las Mías recently partnered to integrate a community health worker (CHW) interface into the platform to enable CHWs to engage and inspire the community in new and creative ways. The acquisition of De Las Mías and its technology will allow OCH to further expand its commitment, creating unique in-person and digital experiences to help patients and community members achieve their wellness goals.
“One Community Health is there for our community, not just for sickness, but also for health. With this acquisition, we continue our journey to help our patients and our community integrate healthy choices seamlessly into their lives, while respecting cultural identity. We believe our hybrid model of care, combining in-person and digital engagement, is how we will all engage in healthcare and we have prioritized this evolution for our patients,” said Max Janasik, CEO of OCH.
“We immediately saw the alignment between who we serve and our shared mission of health equity and social justice. Latinas serve as health navigators for their families and influence the health of their entire community. They are often very busy juggling work, child care and other family obligations. Our partnership empowers Latinas to build a healthy, balanced lifestyle through science-based approaches, healthy recipes, fitness, community, and family support. That, combined with the ability to connect with an OCH Community Health Worker for help with health or social issues, our combined resources have the potential to redefine preventative health,” said Sada Naegelin. , co-founder of De Las Mías.
As a health communication expert with over 30 years of expertise as a bilingual health educator with extensive knowledge of behavior change, Ana Consuelo Matiella, co-founder of De Las Mías, will join OCH to lead content development and help lead outreach to CHWs. Naegelin will bring human-centered design expertise and strategic advice to help guide future product direction.
About One Community Health
One Community Health (OCH) is a federally licensed, nonprofit health center with physical locations in The Dalles and Hood River, Oregon, and two mobile medical units serving local Native American residents and residents with mobility scaled down. Formerly known as La Clínica del Cariño Family Health Care Center, Inc., it was founded in 1986 and today has become an official patient-centered primary care home recognized as the best primary care clinic of 2019 by the Central Oregon Independent Practice Association (COIPA). OCH currently provides medical, dental, behavioral health and outreach services to over 23,000 patients. Additionally, OCH excels in providing educational and support programs that reflect its integrated approach to health and wellness. Dedicated to advancing health and social justice for all members of its community, OCH serves patients in the Mid-Columbia River Gorge region: Wasco, Hood River, Klickitat and Skamania counties.