As of June of 2018, the top 5 health disparities in Indiana are:
- Opioid Abuse,
- Tobacco Use,
- Infant Mortality,
- Obesity, and
Although Indiana has much work to do in combatting these disparities, the good news is that CHWs can help! To date, CHWs have proven effective in collaborating with multi-disciplinary healthcare and social service teams to reduce each of these health issues. CHWs use their skills in motivational interviewing, goal setting, connecting/referring, health education, and identifying barriers to assist clients in creating plans to move towards healthier lifestyles one day, one choice at a time to reduce the impact these health disparities have in our communities with the goal of someday eradicating them entirely.