Six months have passed from when we posted our 2016 community report. In it we set goals to reach more organizations and community members through our programs and training sessions. Here’s how we are doing so far.
More Than Half Way There. Spreading Mental Health First Aid Training Across WNY
Additional training sessions are planned for the rest of the year, including in Gowanda and at the Church of the Nativity UCC. Are you looking to take a Mental Health First Aid USA Training? Join the Healthy Community Alliance (HCA) and Cattaraugus County Health Department for a FREE training on October 12th at Bethany Lutheran Church. Space is limited! Contact Ashley at HCA at 716.532.1010 to register.
Learn more about Mental Health First Aid USA www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.
Engaging with Practices to Lower Hypertension in Adults
One practice in Springville has distributed 42 blood pressure cuffs and held multiple classes to provide information on hypertension and how to reduce it. The classes also taught the patients how to accurately take their blood pressure and allowed them to practice on themselves and each other before taking the cuff home. Out of the 42 patients, 40 have followed up with the health educator bringing their blood pressure readings with them. The physicians have found that this group has been regularly monitoring their blood pressure and have taken steps to modify their lifestyle to help lower their hypertension/pre-hypertension.
More blood pressure cuffs are expected to be distributed this year. For more information, contact Megan Dumpleton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expanding Healthy Corner Stores Throughout Western New York
This Summer we placed new coolers in three stores: Thirsty’s Pizzeria & More in Gowanda, the Right Price in Buffalo, and Lil’s Deli in Machias. Three more stores in Chautauqua County and one in Erie County are also working to provide healthier options to their customers. The owners are excited for the opportunity to participate in this initiative and expand healthy options in their stores. They have found their current efforts in providing healthy options to be successful and are seeking education on providing healthy foods and start-up costs to provide containers for more fruit and vegetable options.
Check back on our progress early next year for our 2017 Community Report. We've had an exciting year, with more to come!