SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUESAs an agency West Fresno Health Care Coalition addresses a variety of social justice issues such as:Environmental healthHealth disparitiesLack of access to healthcareAccess to nutrient and affordable foods (i.e fruits and vegetables)Access to green spaces(i.e parks and gardens)Affordable housing
WFHCC ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE Community Health Board of Directors Yolanda Randles (Executive Director) Janice Mathurin (Director of Operations)Body & Soul Nutrition /Obesity Prevention Improving diabetes care for seniors Health Insurance Enrollment (Toni Wilson) (Karlton Brown) (Christina Rodriguez) (Patricia Mendoza) Brenda Escobedo Myeshia Griddine Diane Saltos Daniel Maynez (Intern) (Intern) (Intern) (Intern)
COMMUNITY CONTEXT OF WFHCCWest Fresno Health Care Coalition collaborates with the local community in order to identify we they feel are the needs within the community. They do this by: Attending town meetings Hosting focus groups Making feedback/suggestion forms available to all of their clients.Once they discover a common need they begin to explore for the best solution. This is all done in collaboration with the community.This agency provides a safe environment for the community to express their concerns and obtain information on the proper ways to go about obtain their needs.
AT-RISK POPULATIONSWest Fresno Health Care Coalition gears their services towards: Low Income Families Seniors African Americans Hispanics Disabled
WFHCC’S MISSION STATEMENTMission Statement “Through outreach, engagement, education, and advocacy, WFHCC strives to empower and support the West Fresno community to achieve optimal health and well-being.”Analysis of mission statement: WFHCC fulfills their mission by participating in continuous outreach such as going to community events, and community walks. The agency targets a specific population and engages them through support groups and one-on-one home visits. They provide their clients with educational pamphlets, informational health fairs, and educational cooking demos on how to prepare a healthy meal. Lastly, they advocate for their clients by attending the board of Supervisors meetings. In addition to applying for grants to obtain funds to help bring awareness to certain societal issues, and provide different services.
AGENCY PRACTICES Body & Soul (Faith Based Project)Improving Diabetes Care for Seniors This Program targets: Is a wellness program developed for African Americans or Hispanics (Age 55 or older) the African American Community Patient has blood sugar level (A1C level) greater that promotes healthy eating and than 8% an active lifestyle. No improvement of blood sugar levels in 3 months Has an increase blood sugar level in 3 months This Program reinforces: This Program provides comprehensive The importance of a healthy diet services including: Decreasing the risk of cancers and Home Visits other chronic diseases. Health Assessments Strengthen-based case management This program provides: Support Groups Cooking Demonstrations Grocery Store Visits A variety of exercise groups Physical Education Forums on relevant health issues And other diabetes management services to seniors and their families
AGENCY PRACTICES CONT…Health Insurance Community Garden Enrollments Project Bring awareness to child and Provide low-income families and adult obesity by teaching them pregnant women with enrollment to grow healthy foods. assistance in the following This Program takes place in insurance programs: two locations: West Boys & Girls Club Healthy Families Mary Ella Center Medi-Cal Kaiser This Program provides Food Stamp 20 on site garden beds Fruit and vegetable education Healthy food demonstrations
AGENCY SIGNIFICANCEWest Fresno Health Care Coalition plays a significant role in the community and in the lives of their clients by: Advocating for the need in West Fresno community. Empowering their clients to become more self-sufficient and control of their own lives. Each program within WFHCC honors the client’s self- determination.WFHCC believe every human has the right to services and a healthy life by obtaining access to healthy foods.
CONTACT INFORMATION … West Fresno Health Care Coalition 302 Fresno St #205 Fresno, CA 93706 (559) 264-7185
QUESTIONS???How does your country approach the issues of community health?What kind of services are provided to prevent or bring awareness to community health?Is obesity one of the major issues when it comes to your community’s health?