Premises and Principles The vision and mission of West Fresno Health Care Coalition, Inc. are unified by a set of premises and principles based on prevention, family- centered services, and the enhancement of each family’s strengths and assets. Goal One: Strengthened Families and Community Objectives: Developed and strengthen relationships with community-based organizations, federal, state, and local government agencies, law enforcement and faith-based groups to provide access to comprehensive integrated support services. Increased number of area residents that are engaged in neighborhood strengthening activities. Sustain and strengthen health and wellness program. Enhance adult literacy. Expand information, Referral and Linkage. Increase green space for use by families in West Fresno.
Premises and Principles Cont… Goal Two: Advocacy efforts results in positive changes to systems and policies. WFHCC become a knowledge and effective advocacy agency for West Fresno families and community. Identify and select priority issues needing advocacy to change systems. Develop plan to implement advocacy. Begin implementation.
Social Justice Issues As an agency West Fresno Health Care Coalition addresses a variety of social justice issues such as: Environmental health Health disparities Lack of access to healthcare Access 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 WFHCC with the local West Fresno Health Care Coalition collaborates 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 Populations West Fresno Health Care Coalition gears their services towards: Low Income Families Seniors African Americans Hispanics Disabled
WFHCC’s Mission Statement Mission 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 Improving Diabetes Care for Seniors Body & Soul (Faith Based This Program targets: Project) African Americans or Hispanics (Age 55 or older) Is a wellness program developed Patient has blood sugar level (A1C level) for the African American greater than 8% Community that promotes healthy No improvement of blood sugar levels in 3 eating and an active lifestyle. months Has an increase blood sugar level in 3 This Program reinforces: months The importance of a This Program provides healthy diet comprehensive services including: Decreasing the risk of Home Visits cancers and other chronic diseases. Health Assessments Strengthen-based case management This program provides: Support Groups Cooking Demonstrations Grocery Store Visits A variety of exercise Physical Education groups And other diabetes management Forums on relevant health services to seniors and their families issues
Agency Practices Cont… Health Insurance Enrollments Community Garden Project Bring awareness to child and adult obesity by teaching them to grow Provide low-income families healthy foods. and pregnant women with enrollment assistance in the This Program takes place in two following insurance programs: locations: West Boys & Girls Club Healthy Families Mary Ella Center Medi-Cal This Program provides Kaiser 20 on site garden beds Food Stamp Fruit and vegetable education Healthy food demonstrations
Agency Significance West 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