Community Health Worker Joins Movement

by Jackie Miller

As a community health worker (CHW) at Care Connections Program in Los Angeles County, Walfred Lopez acts as a liaison between patients and medical professionals to help people find resources and overcome challenges related to chronic conditions.

He’s part of a growing movement of CHWs who joined together on June 19 for Healthforce Center at UCSF’s CHW convening, an event that introduced Walfred to a broader picture of the CHW landscape.

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