At TMC, our Community Health Strategies & Innovation (CHS & I) department provides a holistic, 360 approach to preventative health. We strategically partner with community stakeholders to develop sustainable programs that achieve impactful outcomes. A heightened focus on schools allows CHS & I to deliver health education and resources to instill healthy lifestyle habits at a young age. As experts in the community, Community Health Strategies & Innovation is leading the way to a healthy community outside the four walls of the hospital.
TMC’s Healthy Harvest Mobile Market is TMC’s front line approach in effort to combat chronic disease through nutrition education and advocacy. This “Classroom on Wheels” delivers fresh, affordable healthy foods throughout Kansas City, Missouri and Eastern Jackson County. With a strong presence in area schools, the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market team also creates and facilitates interactive nutrition focused lessons and activities to improve family diet and nutritional well-being.
The Healthy Harvest Mobile Market bus is handicap- accessible and offers more resources for maintaining a healthy diet. Along with increasing opportunities to buy healthy foods, the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market team can help answer questions like: What are the best food and vegetables for diabetics? What are the best weight loss friendly foods? What foods help reduce high blood pressure, prevent obesity and help prevent strokes?
Shop for fresh fruits and healthy foods weekly, as the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market bus travels near your Kansas City neighborhood. The Mobile Market bus will be at the Jackson County Courthouse, Don Bosco School of English, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, Westport House, MCC-Penn Valley, Armour Corridor, Linwood YMCA, Fairmount Plaza and local schools on a weekly basis through spring, summer and early fall. See the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market schedule and route below.
TMC’s Community Health Strategy & Innovation team finds new ways to educate our community to promote long-term solutions to maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Utilizing the Wellness Connection model, our Community Health Nurse delivers preventative health initiatives directly to the underserved. Additionally, we provide evidence-based, sustainable programming to community members designed to overcome social determinants regarding health education and access to care.
The Wellness Connection is a collaborative partnership between TMC and community partners. There are currently three Wellness Connections in Kansas City, Missouri, and are located at the Don Bosco English as a Second Language School, the Bluford Library, and the Palestine Senior Activity Center.
. The innovative platform creates new solutions tailored to the health issues of the community and provides education so community members can advocate for their own health, while taking the proper steps to reduce risk and fight chronic diseases. The Community Health Nurse tracks and measures improvement in self-management with an ultimate goal of reducing Emergency Department visits for manageable health care needs.
The Wellness Connection offers a physical space with a blood pressure cuff and a litany of health education and resources. Programs are designed based on the need of the community, and include the Weight Loss Challenge at Bluford Library, and educational field trips at KCNA, utilizing the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market and the Mobile Wellness Unit.
In response to the health disparities, Truman Medical Centers and the Bluford Library developed a 12 week Weight Loss Challenge. The Challenge consisted of work out classes, weekly educational topics, cooking demos, and fresh produce from the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market. Pre and Post screenings measured total cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LD), body mass index (BMI), weight, height, body part percentage, waist circumference, glucose, and blood pressure. Dr. Lindquist, TMC’s weight loss doctor, also conducted popular Q & A sessions for interested participants.
Diabetes Self-Management Program is directed towards persons with diabetes, and their relatives who need information on self-care. The program is designed based on participatory education methodology. It utilizes principles of adult education and group work techniques that promote learning as well as progression towards a healthy lifestyle.
CDSMP is an effective self-management education program for people with chronic health problems. The program specifically addresses arthritis, diabetes, lung and heart disease, but teaches skills useful for managing a variety of chronic diseases.
Careers in health care are endless yet many high school students and middle school students are unaware of the array of potential healthcare careers. Education Services opens the doors for students of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to learn about these careers in medicine, nursing and allied health. The creative programs increase diversity in health professions and assist students in their investigation of a career in health care.
Truman Medical Centers hosts two Medical Explorers Programs through the Boy Scouts of America/Exploring. High school students enjoy monthly hands-on workshops which include suturing pig’s feet and putting an arm cast on a fellow Explorer. Additionally, Truman Medical Centers staff including physicians, allied health and nursing professionals, share relevant information about the healthcare professions. High school and middle school students get an opportunity to learn about educational paths that can lead to professional school admission as well as an array of career options in the health care field.
Truman Medical Centers Education Services hosts a 2 week summer camp for Blue Springs Middle School students interested in a healthcare career. These 2 weeks include hands-on activities and simulations in physical and occupational therapy, pharmacy compounding to create your own lip balm, CPR certification training, and more. Additionally, TMC staff including physicians and allied health and nursing professionals, share relevant information about medical and nursing professions. High school and middle school students get an opportunity to learn about educational paths and programs that can lead to professional school admission.
UMKC Summer Scholars program allows area high school juniors and seniors to experience the clinical setting. Education Services coordinates with UMKC to place students in observation opportunities within the hospital. Didactic sessions in sciences and observing emergency services, rehabilitation services, internal medicine, and nursing services give students a feel for life as a medical, nursing or allied student. Students also gain hands-on experience in the medical simulation lab. Summer Scholars participants often apply for the UMKC Medical School Six-Year program.
The Pathways to Nursing program matches high school students currently enrolled in Manual Career and Technical Centers’ Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program with nursing staff members at TMC. Students observe TMC nurses through rotations in med/surg, telemetry and PACU inpatient units and are able to receive mentoring from nursing professionals at all career levels. The program provides an opportunity for students to investigate various nursing specialty areas in addition to providing a pathway to employment at TMC.
Shadowing a healthcare professional is a great way to understand what their professional duties are in the course of a day. Shadowing is also frequently a requirement for admission to professional schools. Students over the age of 16 and adults can shadow at one of our Truman Medical Centers locations: Health Science District or Lakewood campus. Ask a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare staff to shadow them on one of their shifts at the hospital to experience a day on their job with them. PLEASE NOTE: we do not match shadows with a health professional. Please be sure to confirm someone to shadow before going through the application process.
“Summer Camp helped me to know that there are all different careers in the medical field”
- Blue Springs Middle School
“The Healthy Harvest Mobile Market helps me afford to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. My doctor wants me to eat more vegetables because I am pre-diabetic. Thank you for helping me because I cannot afford the vegetables in the grocery store”.
- Mary Lou, Healthy Harvest Mobile Market Customer
“Ms. Raquel provided interesting and educational information that I will treasure. This was such a positive and enlightening experience for me, that I will strive to attend all other workshops regarding health”.
- Emma Ponder, Chronic Disease Self-Management Participant
“The collaboration between TMC’s Wellness Connection and our library produces remarkable results. In March 2018, we facilitated a successful Weight Loss Challenge, lowered cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglyceride counts for participants”
- Beth Edson, Branch Manager- Bluford Library