RICHESMy Health JournalRing in the New Year by joining RICHES!Do you serve women of childbearing age and/or provideservices to infants and young children? Is your organizationlooking to connect and network with other agencies andorganizations with similar goals and interests? If so, RICHES is just what you need. Now in itssecond year, RICHES (Resources In Communities Helps Encourage Solutions) is excited to embark on new activities for the new year and would like you to be a part of our growing network.To encourage more women to Based on the self-help interactive booklet, My Health start the New Year off on the Journal, the webisodes provide tips on how members can right track, RICHES I s encourage the women they serve to plan for a healthier launching the My Health life and future. Journal Train-the-Trainer Webisodes this month. This Ava Crawford, RICHES Project Coordinator and Womens series of three short videos Health Program Manager at the North Carolina Healthy were developed to train Start Foundation, believes its important for healthcare providers and organizations serving women to be great RICHES members on how to motivators because women often put others beforeguide women to better monitor themselves. "In addition to being the mom, wife and sister, their health and set personal most women take on the role as caretaker," she said. "Its health goals. important that they take time for themselves and take care of their health because healthy women build healthy communities."All three webisodes highlight key chapters in My Health Journal. The first webisodedemonstrates how health and human service providers can use the journal and incorporate itinto their everyday setting, whether its one-on-one with a client or with larger groups. Thesecond webisode discusses the importance of women knowing their health history and how todocument it using My Health Journal. The third webisode encourages trainers to move theirclients into action and provides ideas on how to improve womens health. The My HealthJournal Train-the-Trainer Webisodes are available to RICHES members and can be accessedfrom the RICHES homepage under the Member Login.This spring, RICHES is looking to move members into action with six regional meetingsscheduled throughout the state. The regional meetings will focus on reproductive health andincludes training on the new family planning flashcards, a teaching tool used to discuss various
birth control methods. The locations and dates of the regional meetingswill be announced at a later date.In addition, RICHES will host one webinar per quarter throughout the year.The first webinar, "Making the Connection, Linking Through Facebook," isscheduled for January 14th and will introduce the new North CarolinaHealthy Start Foundations Facebook page. This webinar will also teachmembers basic navigation tools and how to interact and network withother organizations using Facebook. Dont worry if you miss it on the 14th.All of our webinars will be archived and available through the RICHES Member Login on ourWeb site. The Facebook presentation will be followed by webinars on storytelling and workingwith the media, the new Friendship Project and educational materials for working with womenand their families available from the NC Healthy Start Foundation.RICHES is opening new doors for members by initiating social networking opportunities,trainings and introducing various educational resources and tools for the new year. This year,be a part of a statewide network dedicated to helping women lead healthier lives. For moreinformation on RICHES and how to join, please visit www.NCHealthyStart.org/RICHES or emailRICHES@NCHealthyStart.org.