Health and Well-being
Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
The Diabetes Prevention program has been implemented with the support of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) of the United States and is supported under validated scientific evidence, with the purpose of performing a preventive intervention for Type 2 diabetes. The intervention consists of training that guarantees a lifestyle change in groups of people at high risk of diabetes. LCS is in the process of being recognized as one of the entities trained in providing this training for the Latino community residing in the United States. This program emphasizes the importance of following the guidelines for the success of the intervention in lifestyle changes to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes in people at high risk of suffering from this disease.
For this reason, the intervention requires monitoring and monitoring in the adoption of lifestyle changes in groups with risk factors. The intervention also focuses on proposing long-term improvements in nutrition and physical activity, among others, while promoting learning and creating healthy lifestyles. In order to support learning and changing lifestyles, the program provides appropriate material, adapted to the Latino culture, for all participants.
Crater Health Department (CDC)
This program stresses the importance of following the guidelines for the successful intervention on lifestyle changes, in order to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes in people at high risk of developing this disease. Well re-known health organizations emphasize the importance of lifestyle interventions in order to prevent type 2 diabetes development within the high risk population. For this reason, the operation requires the follow-up and monitoring in the adoption of the changes in the style of life in the groups with risk factors. The intervention also focuses on proposing long-term improvements in nutrition and physical activity. Among others, promoting at the same time the learning and the creation of healthy lifestyles. In order to support learning and changing lifestyles, the program provides appropriate material, that is adapted to the Latin culture, for all participants.
The Petersburg Oral Health Engagement Project
La Casa de la Salud (LCS) will empower the Hispanic community with oral health information, education, awareness and facilitation of information to increase oral health services access. The goal is to increase access to clinical and preventive services for the Hispanic community especially among those without health insurance or underinsured. To achieve this goal, LCS will train Hispanic community health workers (CHW) to raise awareness about oral health, healthy lifestyle habits, and other health services available in the community, in addition to effective patient referrals as a mechanism to close the existing gap between the Hispanic community and the health care system.
Ventanilla de la Salud / ConsulaTE OF Mexico
Consulate of Mexico approaches the population in mobile conferences that provide services in several cities in Virginia and the United States. The Ventanilla de Salud is a unit of the consulate that provides preventive and referral services to free or low-cost clinics in the Washington DC area, while La Casa de La Salud facilitates and coordinates these services in conjunction with other organizations in the city of Richmond and Petersburg during mobile consulates in these cities
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is one of the organizations with which LCS has been working in the Latino community with the purpose of combating cardiovascular diseases and strokes. The AHA, based on cutting-edge research, strives for better public policies and provides valuable tools and information to save and improve people’s quality of life. The AHA helps people understand the importance of choosing healthy lifestyles and to that end it promotes various protective factors, such as a healthy diet and regular physical activity.
DepaRTMENT OF KinesiOLOGY AND HEALTH SCIENCES
The House of Health reached an agreement with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences of VCU that includes the collaboration of the students of Community Health Education, Health Sciences and Physical Exercise Sciences, so that students have the opportunity to acquire the necessary experience, as well as clinical education, as established in the curricula.
Community and Social Integration
VHDA | RADIO PROGRAM
LCS Radio Braodcast (Radio Poder 1380) began in June, 2016, and has been sponsored by Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA). This program focuses primarily on health issues that impact the Hispanic community of Central Virginia.
The radio program also provides the opportunity to discuss measures and reports related to local issues for the improvement of the quality of life, such as:
- Health services and low-cost programs,
- Oral health education and access to dental services,
- Health insurance
- Medical costs
- Advice on housing issues for people with allergies and asthma and
- Nutrition and physical activity to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
EqUALITY AND HEALTH - Fellowship
The objective of this program (Fellowship) is to promote a healthy region with equal opportunities in the Richmond area. This organization works hard to address the social, economic and structural conditions that contribute to poor health. To carry out its work in an inclusive manner, RMHF has created an interdisciplinary group of 18 individuals, whom we call equity and health partners. These people will serve as strategic advisors to the foundation and will publicize the health and equity agenda in the city of Richmond.
Associations with Religious Communities
Healthy Hispanic Community Pilot Program
The objective of this pilot project designed and implemented by La Casa de La Salud (LCS) is to improve access to health services for the Latino community through a joint effort between the Church of the Sacred Heart, the Daily Planet Clinic and The American Heart Association, under the strategy of working with the Health Promoters.
The health promoters attend the Sacred Heart Center daily and perform Blood Pressure, provide health information and help people with the different resources available to the Hispanic community. The promoters make the referral of people who require a basic service to the Daily Planet clinic. Health promoters follow up on clients from their first appointment until the next visits to the doctor and / or specialists required by the clinic.
Additionally, the purpose is also to empower the Hispanic community with the skills and information necessary for it to learn to make healthier decisions and to know the options for healthy activities and, also, to learn to choose and incorporate into healthier activities In your daily life.
This pilot project also includes additional training for health promoters in their other areas. This training allows to provide information on other resources such as housing, financial, work, legal and immigration services, which represent risks to people’s health in consideration of the social determinants of health. As an initiative in this pilot project, the collection of information and monitoring and adjustment of the processes that allow us the final evaluation in terms of effectiveness and the impact on the health and of the assisted people is proposed, which could represent a reduction in costs of services with this type of strategy.
Saint Augustine Church and Wellness Center