Allen County, IN

Allen County Health Disparity Coalition

Lead: Renetta Williams

In 2003, Community activist Renetta H. Williams formed the Allen County Health Disparity Coalition (ACHDC) as the result of a partnership with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition (IMHC). The organization is comprised of over eighty organizations who collectively work to address the lack of adequate health care for minority citizens in Allen County. ACHDC meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at the Fort Wayne Urban League.

In the fall of 2009, ACHDC, IMHC and HealthVisions Fort Wayne introduced the first Community-based Participatory Research project to the community targeting area minorities. The project, titled “Empowering Fort Wayne Communities to Self-Managing Diabetes” benefitted African American/Black and Latino/Hispanic populations by increasing their awareness regarding prevention, treatment and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while living with diabetes. In addition to combating the growing issue of diabetes among minorities, ACHDC has developed a strategic plan to address mental health, language, culture and health and nutrition. HealthVisions Fort Wayne conducts a number of programs that target these issues.

Download: 2019 Meeting Dates

Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP)

Lead: Peggy Hayes

The Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP) utilizes trained Community Health Workers as diabetes educators. Their focus is to reduce diabetes mortality and morbidity and related complications. The program consists of two components: 1) Training of Trainers Program and 2) Diabetes Patient Education Program.

The Training of Trainers Program is a 20-hour course that emphasizes the development of skills and knowledge of diabetes-related causes and outcomes.

The Diabetes Patient Education Program is implemented by trained health promoters in 8 – 10 weekly sessions. Diabetes patients receive training and coaching that will enable them to implement self-management and gain more independence in dealing with the disease.

Empowered Eat Healthy-Be Active Program

Lead: Renetta Williams and Peggy Hayes

The Empowered Eat Healthy – Be Active Program is taught by peer educators working to improve health in the minority population by promoting healthier lifestyle choices for obese adults. The curriculum, geared toward African-American adults 18 or older, addresses the need to modify cultural eating behaviors to achieve better health outcomes. Sessions are offered in local communities once a week for four to six weeks.

Empowering Fort Wayne Communities to Self-Manage Diabetes

Lead:Peggy Hayes

The Empowering Fort Wayne Communities to Self-manage Diabetes Project measures the effectiveness of diabetes education and strives to improve self-management of diabetes in the African American/Black and Latino/Hispanic populations. The program works to raise awareness of cultural norms that may lead to negative health outcomes.

Programs offered are:

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

Multicultural Outreach

Bienvenido Program

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 focuses on three key areas: 1) to reduce alcohol and drug use, 2) to improve access to and utilization of mental health services, and 3) to encourage a sense of belonging and participation in the community. The Bienvenido curriculum is a 9-week strengths-based mental health educational program.

Medical Interpreters

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

Prevention Clinic 2

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

Community Health Worker Training

Forty hour classroom curriculum focusing on roles, skills and competencies of a successful Community Health Worker (CHW). Community Health Worker training prepares dedicated individuals to serve as constituent/community advocates with health organizations and/or social services systems.