Featured CHW Program: Tri-County Rural Health Network Community Connector Program
The Tri-County Rural Health Network Community Connector Program (TCRHN) currently serves 15 counties across Arkansas: Arkansas, Ashley, Chicot, Desha, Drew, Jefferson, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Pulaski, St. Francis, and Woodruff. TCRHN's Community Connector program currently employs 38 Community Connectors, who link those needing long-term care to home and community-based services by addressing socio-cultural barriers and system navigation.
In a pilot that ran from 2005 to 2008 in Lee, Monroe, and Phillips counties, the Community Connector program resulted in a net savings of $2.619 million for the Medicaid program, or a return on investment of $2.92 per dollar invested in the program over three years. The program has also been featured by the Vision Project in it's film Crossroads: Rural Healthcare in America, the Mississippi Delta, which tells a story of individuals and organizations who are building an innovative and well-planned healthcare network in the Mississippi Delta.