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Our Projects in Allen County, Indiana

Renetta Williams, Joan Baines, Zenaida Velez-Chandler and Peggy Hayes attending a “Go Red for women” function.

Allen County Health Disparity Coalition

HealthVisions of Fort Wayne

Lead: Renetta Williams

The Allen County Health Disparity Coalition's mission is to eliminate health disparities in Allen County

As a community activist, in 2003, Renetta H. Williams formed the Allen County Health Disparity Coalition (ACHDC). The coalition, formed as a result of a partnership with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, is made up of over 80 organizations who are addressing the lack of health care in Allen County for the minority community. The ACHDC meets the 4th Wednesday of every month from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Fort Wayne Urban League.

In the fall of 2009, ACHDC, the Indiana Minority Health Coalition and HealthVisions of Fort Wayne introduced the first Community Based Participatory Research project to the community that targeted the African American/Black and the Latino/Hispanic populations. The research project was entitled, "Empowering Fort Wayne Communities to Self Managing Diabetes." The ACHDC has developed a strategic plan to address mental health, diabetes, health and nutrition, language and culture. HealthVisions of Fort Wayne conducts several programs that target these issues.

 

Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP)

HealthVisions of Fort Wayne

Lead: Zenaida Velez-Chandler and Peggy Hayes

This program utilizes trained community health workers as diabetes educators and is aimed at reducing diabetes mortality and morbidity and related complications. The program consists of two components: 1) The Training of Trainers Program and 2) The Diabetes Patient Education Program.

The Training of Trainers Program is a 20-hour workshop that stresses the development of skills and knowledge related to diabetes by using interactive group activities and adults education methodologies recommended in the curriculum. The original intent was to train health promoters with the basic skills and knowledge to become effective diabetes educators. However due to public demand, the program has been modified to train community health professionals who want to obtain an update on diabetes and /or learn education techniques for patients with a low level of health literacy within a cultural framework.

The Diabetes Patient Education Program is implemented by trained health promoters in 8-10 weekly sessions. These sessions present to the Patient the content of the educational curriculum with the necessary knowledge and skills for diabetes self-management.

 

Empowered Eat Healthy-Be Active Program

HealthVisions of Fort Wayne

Lead: Renetta Williams and Peggy Hayes

The Empowered Eat Healthy-Be Active Program, implemented by peer educators, seeks to improve the health of the minority population by promoting a healthier lifestyle for obese adults. African American adults, 18 and older, learn about the importance of modifying cultural eating behaviours. Sessions are offered in local communities once a week for one hour for four to six weeks.

 

Empowering Fort Wayne Communities to Self-Manage Diabetes

HealthVisions of Fort Wayne

Lead: Zenaida Velez-Chandler and Peggy Hayes

This diabetes project measures the effectiveness of diabetes education to improve self-management of diabetes in the African American/Black and Latino/Hispanic populations. The project aims to increase awareness, beliefs, and ability to self-manage diabetes.

Programs offered are:

  • Diabetes Self-Management
  • Let's Talk Diabetes
  • Live Empowered
  • Por tu Familia

 

 

Multicultural Outreach

Bienvenido Program

HealthVisions of Fort Wayne

Lead:Zenaida Velez-Chandler

The Bienvenido Program is a prevention intervention program that increases access to mental health services, improves mental health and quality of life for Latino immigrants. It provides a caring and supportive environment where individuals can achieve their full potential, give and receive respect, develop personal responsibility and self-determination. Latino immigrants are a guided to acknowledge and understand the trauma they suffered during immigration.

The program seeks to reduce alcohol and drug use, to increase access to and use of mental health services and to increase a sense of belonging and participation in the community. The Bienvenido curriculum is a 9-week strengths-based mental health educational curriculum.

Medical Interpreters

HealthVisions of Fort Wayne provides Medical Translation and Medical Interpretation in Spanish only. These services are provided free to the poor and underserved Latino populations who have limited English language skills.

 

Prevention Clinic 2

HealthVisions of Fort Wayne

Free health screenings are offered on the 4th Thursday of every month: Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index, Weight, Blood Sugar, Stress/Mental health, Dental and HIV/Aids. Other seasonal screenings, such as flu shots and pneumonia shots, are also given.

 

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