The health education program works to plan and deliver health education, health promotion, and patient improvement programs across the agency. It builds healthy life skills and supports patients in a variety of ways. For example, the program helps patients better manage chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or arthritis. It helps them make lifestyle changes by encouraging regular screenings, healthy diets, and exercise. In its first year, the program served more than 140 patients.
Program activities include:
- Health education clinic: One-on-one patient education with a health educator.
- Diabetes education clinic: Specialized one-on-one diabetes education, including assistance with glucometers and insulin use.
- PHASE (Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes Everyday): A patient improvement program to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems.
- Health workshops and presentations: Topics offered monthly in various languages.
- Chronic disease self-management program: A six-week Stanford-designed workshop for patients and caregivers dealing with chronic conditions.
- Health information: Electronic database and print materials available on various health topics of interest to seniors. Most topics are available in multiple languages.