For local resident Angela Bullard, a new job with Tri-County Health Network is a merging of two passions. Bullard loves where she lives and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. She grew up in Delta, where she lives now with her husband. Combined, they have four children in the local school system. Her parents and grandparents, as well as those of her husband, all have roots in Delta County. As the community health worker for Tri-County Health Network, she combines her passion for Delta County and the communities she has lived in all her life with her passion for providing health care services to her friends and neighbors.
"I have spent my last eight years with Delta County Human Services as a case manager connecting different populations of residents with community resources through human service programs like SNAP (food assistance), TANF (Temporary Aid for Needy Families), and Long Term Medicaid supports and services, as well as transportation, mental health services, and other things like property tax rebates and connecting with other charitable organizations to get important items my clients may need," Bullard said. "I have a great store of knowledge related to Delta County resources and the community in general. I've helped connect Delta County residents to these services through my job as a case manager in multiple departments with Delta County Human Services offices."
Now, Bullard is employed as a community health worker and certified health coverage guide for Tri-County Health Network, serving all of Delta County. "I am happy that I am still able to provide health and wellness services for my friends, family, and neighbors in Delta County, and this time my services are free," Bullard said. "I love being able to work in the community where I live, and I believe that the services that we provide are very important," she continued.
As a community health worker, she provides people with free heart health screenings through grant funding that Tri-County Health Network received earlier this year. Bullard feels this is a much-needed service. "It may be something that people won't get done if it's not free," she said. As a health coverage guide, Bullard helps people navigate the technical and tricky online insurance application process, whether her clients need Medicaid or coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Bullard has begun to partner with businesses throughout Delta County so that employers can offer free heart health screenings and provide insurance education and enrollment services for employees who do not have insurance provided through their employers.
"People can reach me anytime by calling 970-708-0921 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. and it's important to know that I'm mobile, so I can come to your place of business or meet at a location that works for you. This means I could come, set-up in your breakroom, and screen multiple staff all in the same day," Bullard explained.
Bullard's job extends well beyond health screenings. Her role is to promote and support Tri-County Health Network programming that helps community members stay healthy. These include Cooking Matters classes that teach locals to cook healthy meals on a budget, teletherapy services that increase access to behavioral health services in rural areas, and Tri-County Health Network's SKIPPY program, a mobile dental clinic that provides dental services directly in local schools. "Tri-County Health Network has so many great programs in San Miguel, Ouray, and Montrose counties," Bullard said. "It's exciting to be a part of the organization's expansion into Delta County," she said.
"It's easy for me to talk to people about their health and help them make the right choices for them and their families each day because I live down the street, and I've been here all my life," Bullard said. She hopes to help as many Delta County residents stay as happy and healthy as possible.