The purpose of the Preventative Health Services Department include:
- Serve the patients, staff, and surrounding community.
- Develop, implement, and promote total health and well-being.
- Offer preventative health education classes, health information, and wellness programs that directly involve members in their own physical, mental,social, and emotional health maintenance.
- Address the needs of the patients and assure that appropriate services are incorporated into their healthcare plans.
- Provide educational support vital to helping individuals modify their behavior and enhance their health status.
Description of Programs
Individual counseling is provided by referrals from the providers and self referrals at WHC. The Nutritionist is responsible for teaching the nutritional components of the chronic disease classes at WHC, consulting with the staff at the House of Uhuru on the menus and meal planning.
Tobacco Control Program
The current main focuses are educating community residents and businesses on the dangers of tobacco use and the affect it has on health status. We also encourage referrals to 1-800-NO-BUTTS for help in quitting. Staff works with community organizations and assists them with smoke-free policy development and implementation. The cessation component of the program is designed to help individuals kick the tobacco habit for GOOD via individual and group counseling. Classes are continuous. There is no break in service. This helps decrease the relapse rate between sessions.
The Youth Education and Prevention program (Y.E.P.P) provides culturally sensitive primary drug and alcohol prevention services to a target population of youth between the ages of 9 and 13 years of age. These are children of substance abusers, children who are at risk and those who have been exposed to illegal substances. Y.E.P.P has three components, 1. An educational enrichment component, 2. An after school recreational alternative component, and 3. A four weeks summer program. Staff consists of a program Coordinator, two Prevention Specialists II and two Prevention Specialists I. The Educational Enrichment sessions are conducted daily throughout the school year in 4th and 5th grade classrooms at targeted schools.
For additional information, please contact:
Mrs. Bernadette Mejia, MS, RD, CDE
Director, Preventive Health Services
Schedule of Classes:
|Tuesdays||Smoking Cessation||Watts Health Center (WHC)||10am|
Management (Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity, Cardiovascular, etc.)
|Tuesdays and Thursdays:||Exercise Class||WHC||4 – 5 PM|