Primary Health Care (PHC)
The PHC Team
Back row: Bridie Ward (Community Health Worker (CHW)), Caroline Canny (Health Coordinator), Bridget Ward (CHW), Kathleen Ward (CHW) and Mag Ward (CHW).Front Row: Sally Sweeny (CHW), Mag Ward (CHW) and Nora Ward (CHW).
Health as an area of work is one of the most significant for WTID. The overall aim of WTID Primary Healthcare Programme (PHC) is to improve the health status and quality of life for Travellers in Tuam and its environs by identifying the community’s specific health requirements and the necessary health service provision. WTID implements one of the most successful PHC Programmes in the country and currently employs seven Community Health Workers (CHWs) on a part time basis.
The mainstay of the PHC Programmes work continues to be health promotion, and signposting to relevant service/agencies, be it for health screening, support or intervention. Outreach work in 2017 was conducted about CervicalCheck; BreastCheck; Child Development and Immunisation; Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme; Healthy Heart; Mental Health Awareness, Asthma and wellness in pregnancy, to name but a few.