For the past decade, Summit Academy in North Minneapolis has offered classes specializing in community health.
Seven years ago, the Minnesota legislature re-wrote the law to allow clinics to be reimbursed for employing community health workers. That change was followed within months by a severe economic downturn that drained money and jobs from the economy.
Now that federal health insurance reform is taking hold and an economic recovery is gaining momentum, more employment opportunities are surfacing.
In response, Summit Academy has launched night and weekend classes to train people to fill the complicated and increasingly vital role of Community Health Worker.
KFAI’s Amanda Anderson filed a report.