Health And Wellness Outreach

36835795-Happy-senior-couple-riding-bicycles-on-a-bike-path-in-summer-Stock-PhotoLaunched in St. Louis in 2014, the Health and Wellness Outreach program was developed to improve the health of low-income seniors and quality of living for those most at risk.

The Health and Wellness Outreach program educates people so they may be able to avoid or minimize chronic disease and reduce reliance on medication. For those already battling a chronic disease, the Health and Wellness Outreach program teaches simple, actionable ways to manage their disease so they do not worsen.

The Health and Wellness Outreach team delivers culturally sensitive training in English and Spanish and are certified in evidence-based models of health education, using innovative models unlike any in the region.

Activities of the Health and Wellness Outreach program include:

  • Health and Wellness Outreach provides health screenings, presentations on chronic disease management, and resources at area health fairs. Health and Wellness Outreach partners with the United Way, YMCA and Novo Nordisk to host the annual Health and Wellness Expo in North St. Louis City, with a live cooking demonstration for healthy, low-cost meals with samples for all, health screenings, and fitness classes.
  • Health and Wellness Outreach teaches small group class topics such as:
    • Healthy lifestyles/fitness
    • Nutrition and heart healthy cooking
    • Management of chronic conditions
    • Medication safety
    • Smoking cessation
    • Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)
    • Navigating the healthcare system

 

The Health and Wellness Outreach program does not duplicate existing services and provides exceptional value as training is delivered where it is needed most. Health and Wellness Outreach is unique as it does not have a physical location that participants travel to for training, as that model makes it difficult for low-income people across the region to attend. Instead, Health and Wellness Outreach partners with more than 50 area churches, senior centers, and social service organizations to identify greatest needs and provides training in community settings where it is easily accessible to the target population. It provides high quality, effective health education from professional staff that many organizations could not afford to provide on their own.

Impact: In 2016, Health and Wellness Outreach taught more than 1,200 seniors and minorities how to better manage their health.