The Community Health Strategy & Innovation team finds new ways to educate our community to promote long-term solutions to maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Using the Wellness Connection model, our community health nurse delivers preventive 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 collaboration between Truman Medical Centers/University Health and community partners. There are currently three Wellness Connections in Kansas City, Missouri: 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 healthcare 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 Kansas City and Independence public schools, using the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market and the Mobile Wellness Unit.
In response to health disparities, Truman Medical Centers/University Health and the Bluford Library developed a 12-week Healthy Living Challenge. The Challenge consisted of workout 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, low-density lipoprotein, body mass index, weight, height, body fat percentage, waist circumference, glucose and blood pressure. Dr. Lindquist, TMC's weight-loss doctor, also conducted popular Q & A sessions.
The Diabetes Self-Management Program is designed for people with diabetes and their relatives who need information on self-care. The program is based on participatory education methodology. It utilizes principles of adult education and group work techniques that promote learning as well as progression toward a healthy lifestyle.
This effective self-management education program is for people with chronic health problems. The program specifically addresses arthritis, diabetes, and lung and heart disease, but teaches skills useful for managing a variety of chronic diseases.