Community Health


Connecting patients with local health care resources

Free resource assistance

Community Health Navigators are trained to address a host of obstacles to help individuals live healthy lives. They have the tools to connect individuals with community resources that might help them:
- Apply for insurance
- Find a health care provider
- Find transportation to appointments
- Get needed medication or supplies
- Get connections for housing, food, utilities, employment, life skills, or other needs

The Community Health Navigator position at KHC is currently funded through a three-year grant by HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) in partnership with MercyOne Newton and Dallas County Hospital. The purpose of the grant is to identify and address social determinants of health in rural communities through networking with local resources to help address social needs, including housing, food availability, utility costs, transportation, medication affordability, social isolation, and health literacy.

The Community Health Navigator services at KHC are free and available to all KHC patients. Individuals can refer themselves or be referred by their health care provider.

Meet our Community Health Navigator

Brenda Goodale - Community Health Navigator

Brenda Goodale has been the Community Health Navigator at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics since June of 2021.

Brenda loves meeting new people, whether it's patients, coworkers, or contacts at local resources.

“I am so grateful for the trust that the patients and providers put in me to learn their stories and assist them in identifying and connecting with resources to help our patients live their best life!”

If you would like more information or need resource assistance, please call Brenda at (641) 842-7211.