Health & Wellness Promotion
In 2013, in response to indicators showing extremely high levels of uncontrolled diabetes in the community CHEER initiated Diabetes Wellness Circles, which were support groups in which individuals with diabetes participated in conversations on diabetes related topics to provide support for improved self-management. Between 2013 and 2015 more than thirty people participated in three Diabetes Wellness Circles one in English and two in Spanish.
CHEER has expanded its health promotion capacity by training community members and expanding its health outreach team to include five community health workers. The community health workers received 40 hours of training from the Institute for Public Health Innovation including special training in diabetes. Community health workers build personal relationships with community members to support them to better manage diabetes, eat healthy, and be physically active.
Diabetes continues to be a problem in the Takoma Park and Long Branch community and limited access to healthy food appears to be a significant driver. A 2015 report from the Montgomery County Food Policy Council indicates that a combination of low wages, high costs, and limited transportation many Long Branch residents are unable to afford healthy food. Community health workers play an important role in making healthy food accessible through the Long Branch Healthy Food Access Program.
For more information on CHEER health and wellness programs contact Bruce Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maps of Services
If you have any other questions about this program, please contact Lucia Zegarra, Director of Health Programs, at email@example.com. (Lucia is bilingual in both English and Spanish.)