The Family Center
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The Family Center offers legal, social and health support services to vulnerable populations living in the state of New York.
Brooklyn Stay Well, Enjoy Life: A Community Health Partnership to (B-SWEL)
The B-SWEL project will improve health outcomes in the minority communities of Brooklyn by improving prevention, detection and management of diabetes, and implementing interventions at the systems level to improve access to resources that promote health and wellness, which includes, but is not limited to, medical care. B-SWEL's integrated approach is based on the philosophy that sustained improvements in health are achievable only when individuals, community, family and providers are united in their support of and reinforcement for lifestyle changes needed to lessen risk, prevent disease, and manage illness. B-SWEL will focus on diabetes and obesity related health outcomes in African-American, Caribbean-American and recent immigrant communities. To this end, The Family Center will partner with the Community Health Care network, a federally qualified health center, and a neighborhood fitness and wellness service provider to offer medical care and lifestyle support services. Services will include community screening and education events, diabetes management, lifestyle coaching sessions focusing on proper eating and exercise, mental health counseling and medical care. Intended outcomes include improving obesity and diabetes-related health outcomes, improving health behaviors, such as increased fruits and vegetables intake, more exercise, and increased optimism and less depression as a result of the program. Additionally, the community as a whole will more effectively support health behaviors. In order to determine if such outcomes are reached, data will be collected on a range of performance measures, including waistline size, blood glucose levels, number of steps walked over a seven-day period, and types of coping strategies employed by participants. Data will be analyzed and collected regularly using participant questionnaires, pedometer data and laboratory data.
OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute:
- Increased awareness, education, and outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities problems
- Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)
Key Healthy People 2010 objectives or subobjectives toward which your project's results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH's Evaluation Planning Guidelines):
Healthy People objectives were not identified.