Salvation Army awarded $50,000 Otto Bremer Trust grant

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The Salvation Army is awarded a $50,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust.

The grant will allow the organization to add a Community Health Worker position to its Social Services Team. The new position will focus on the Collaborative Health & Wellness Service (CHWS), which is based on an individual’s physical, mental, and spiritual needs.

“The heart of the CHWS model is the Community Health Worker,” says Social Services Director Krista Coey, “A Community Health Worker’s duty includes coordination with Shelter Staff, Case Managers, external partners, and the CHWS team.”

Since 2016, The Salvation Army of La Crosse County has been in collaboration with local hospitals, the county, and the universities to meet the need to provide a more effective and efficient way for individuals/families to receive physical health, mental health, and preventative services. To better serve the needs of the population and community, The Salvation Army organization completed a Community Needs Assessment in 2017 to evaluate its programs and services. One specific focus of the needs assessment was on a newly launched TSA program, the Collaborative Health & Wellness Service (CHWS), which consists of partners from the La Crosse County Health Department, Gundersen Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System, and Viterbo University.