MANKATO, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System recently welcomed these new community health workers to care teams across the Southwest Minnesota Region:
- Awlio Brekke - She works with Somali patients and community members mostly in the Mankato and St. Peter areas.
- Angelica De Acosta and Juan Davila - They work with Latino patients and community members mostly in the Fairmont, Mankato and St. James areas.
Community health workers ensure access to wellness resources and culturally appropriate, convenient health care for patients enrolled in the program.
"Our team of community health workers provide an essential service to the communities we serve, including advocacy for health equity; addressing social determinants of health; and working to bridge gaps in care, including language and cultural barriers, to ensure that all patients have equal access to Mayo Clinic care," says James Hebl, M.D., regional vice president, Southwest Minnesota Region, Mayo Clinic Health System. "Our community health workers assist patients in navigating the health care system and connect them with essential community resources."
Those seeking a referral should schedule an appointment with their primary health care provider.
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.
Press ContactAmanda Dyslin