By Mike Sherry for KHI News Service, April 30, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – At Truman Medical Centers, it was a chronic patient who berated nurses and, in one instance, draped his room with the contents of his food tray.
At the Kansas City CARE Clinic, it was a woman with diabetes who would not take her medication.
The link between the two is that they both received help from outreach specialists known as community health workers. A local group is working to make that type of help more prevalent in the metropolitan area.
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