The purpose of Open Door Health Center’s Outreach Department is to educate the community on the available services at Open Door. We let the community know that Open Door is prepared to meet your unique health and cultural needs. The Outreach Coordinator(s) go out into the communities of Southern Minnesota to help people connect to ODHC’s medical, dental, behavioral, and insurance enrollment services. In addition to these services, Outreach Coordinators provide onsite classes and presentations on health-related topics.
Community Health Workers
As a designated Minnesota Health Care Home, ODHC has an integrated health care team that includes, among other roles, community health workers. Our Community Health Workers (CHW) work closely with the medical, dental, behavioral health, and enrollment departments. They serve as liaisons between our patients and the communities in which they live to help them overcome barriers to health and wellness.
For example, a CHW might connect a family to a food pantry, help them find subsidized child care, or refer them to a local service agency for any legal, language, transportation, shelter, food, or safety needs.