HAZARD – Kentucky Homeplace Director Mace Baker announced earlier this month the addition of a new office, staffed with a full-time community health worker (CHW), to serve Perry County. Carole Frazier, a CHW from Hazard, Ky., will accept clients Monday through Friday at the new location in room 478 at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health on Morton Blvd.
Kentucky Homeplace services are provided free of charge and have an emphasis on health care coordination and coaching. Frazier can provide a wide range of support and assistance to help clients connect with local programs and services, access prescription assistance, heating assistance, transportation to medical appointments and more. Free education is available for anyone wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle or improve self-management of conditions like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and COPD.
While the CHW position is a new role for Frazier, she has a wealth of experience in the local community both in the education setting as well as home visits. Frazier said knowledge gained in this line of work, as well as the extensive training provided by Kentucky Homeplace, will help her to assist people in navigating the health care system. She also said her many years of involvement in the local community will be a plus.
“Carole’s experience, training and knowledge of the community uniquely qualify her to serve in this important role and we feel fortunate to add her to our valued team of CHWs that currently serves 27 counties in Appalachia Kentucky,” said Baker.
“As a CHW, I am here to help people address challenges. I strive to be an advocate, educator and connecter of people, services and resources to benefit our clients in the best manner possible,” said Frazier.
“With our growing number of community resources here in Perry County and all of us working together, I believe we can make a positive difference in many peoples’ lives,” said Frazier.
A native of Perry County and a graduate of Hazard High School, Frazier is the daughter of Frances Hagans. She has one son, Jordan Frazier.
For more information on Kentucky Homeplace services in Perry County, contact Frazier at 606-439-3557. Referrals from providers are welcome but clients can also receive services without a referral.
Kentucky Homeplace was created in 1994 by the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health to combat health disparities in rural areas of the state. Since then, the program has connected more than 110,000 rural Kentucky residents with medical, environmental, and social services. Funding for Kentucky Homeplace is provided in part by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. To learn more, visit www.kyruralhealth.org or call toll-free 1-855-859-2374.