What are Health Navigators?
Health Navigators are an important member of the health team. They provide assistance in making the best health care decisions for your lifestyle, current situation, and conditions. Their services include:
- Assistance with insurance and other programs
- Information you can understand
- Tools to stay and become healthy
- Supports so you can reach your goals
Where do they work?
- In the clinic
- In your neighborhood
- In schools (Garfield Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, and Linus Pauling Middle School)
- In the community
What are their roles?
There are 4 types of health navigators- Clinical, Outreach and Enrollment, School, and Community Health Navigators.
Clinical Health Navigators work with individuals in the clinic setting.
- Care Coordination and follow-up
- Health education and self-management support
- Health system navigation – assisting in referrals and accessing services
Outreach & Enrollment Specialists provide information to make people aware of health insurance options and assist individuals in applying for eligible services.
School Health Navigators work with students and families in an identified neighborhood.
They assist with:
- Families in connecting to health and social service resources
- Coordination between a school/neighborhood and community agencies
Community Health Navigators work in communities. They are involved in policy and advocacy work.