Theme 2. Planning programs for equitable access to care
Attendees will see how reaching out to a high needs elementary school has shown that through community partnership and collaboration, it is possible to bring health promotion and education to youth that may not have access otherwise. Students are equipped with the confidence and skills to prepare healthy foods, and shown how to make smarter food choices. They are given education and hands on training to incorporate an exercise component into their daily routine. This initiative makes it possible to connect with and empower the health of our future generation, making a positive impact on the youth and their families, as they are at a significantly higher risk of facing the many challenges that are attributed to social determinants of health.
Thamesview Family Health Team has partnered with the Chatham Kent Community Health Centre and the Maple City Run Group to provide a Youth Program to Victor Lauriston Public School, geared towards supporting students with high needs/social determinants of health challenges. A dietitian provides on site services aimed at students in grades 5/6 with cooking classes and nutritional education. Students are randomly selected to participate. Two classes run every week. The fitness certified FHT Registered Nurse and CHC Child and Youth Worker, as well as the Maple City Run Group provide on site services to students in grades 7/8 with learn-to-run groups. Two run groups run every week. Students selected, participate in the 8 week program. Pre and Post Surveys are completed and evaluated for program improvement. Fitness surveys will evaluate current level of fitness – post survey will measure increase of activity. Nutrition surveys will evaluate current knowledge of nutrition to knowledge once education has been introduced.
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