Meet Passport Community Health Worker Rhonda Wooten

Did you know that Passport has Community Health Workers (CHW) who conduct face-to-face visits in members’ homes, provider offices and elsewhere in the community? This week, we’re featuring one of our awesome CHWs, Rhonda Wooten.

Tell us a little bit about what you do.
I am a Community Health Worker. I address our Passport members in a holistic manner by trying to address their social, mental, and physical needs and removing barriers for them. I meet our members at home, at doctor’s appointments, and at community resource locations to assist them.

What do you love about working with our members/advocates?
I love the smile on the faces of our members when they reach their goals.

What is one of your favorite memories of working with our community?
I have watched a family living in a homeless shelter move into their own home. That was amazing!

Why do you think your work is important?
I think it is important to see how many barriers really affect the health of our members. You can’t manage a healthy diet, appointments, and medications when you don’t have housing, transportation, food, or support. My work provides lots of support and removing barriers to access local resources. Sometimes, I can be a member’s legs to get some tasks accomplished that otherwise would not happen.

What do you love about the community you serve?
I live in the Portland neighborhood in Louisville. Most people see Portland in a negative light, but I see so much more. My community is a family that pulls together when needed.

Tell us a little bit about you!
I am big on volunteerism, so I spend a lot of time volunteering in my neighborhood. I assist with running the Celebrate Recovery program at my church and have been a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax preparer for about 15 years. I am currently working on my Master’s degree to obtain my counseling license and hope to one day have my doctorate. I was able to go on two cruises this year and love it!