Tri-County Health Network's community health worker program, now in its fourth year, has begun serving Delta County.
This program allows community health workers to provide free, confidential diabetes and heart disease health screenings. Screenings measure cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI, height and weight for community members who are uninsured or have other barriers to seeking care at local clinics.
Tri-County Health Network's community health workers will also coordinate free healthy living classes that include the evidence-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and Cooking Matters classes. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program class is offered in both English and Spanish. This is an evidenced-based Stanford School of Medicine program that is offered once a week for six weeks. Classes provide caregivers and patients with chronic disease self-management, peer support and assistance in navigating barriers to care. Ways to change risky behavior are discussed and attendees leave empowered with the necessary tools, peer support and coping skills to continue with their own action plans to lead a healthier life.
Cooking Matters is a hands-on, six-week cooking-based nutrition education program that empowers individuals with the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to identify and prepare healthy and affordable meals. Participants learn about nutrition, meal preparation, grocery shopping and food budgeting. Cooking Matters classes promote learning through an interactive classroom environment, and participants are encouraged to share and discuss their knowledge and barriers about adopting healthier nutrition, food shopping, and physical activity behaviors at home.
Watch for community flyers and advertisements in the DCI for class schedules or call Tri-County Health Network at 970-708-7096. To schedule a free heart health screening with Delta County community health worker Justine Forster, call 970-812-6026.
Delta's second annual "Kickoff to Christmas" takes place Saturday, Nov. 25. This event is sponsored by the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and First Colorado National Bank.