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Community Action Council of Pala/Pauma/Valley Center

Accomplishments

Obesity and Diabetes Prevention: Improving Diabetic Control Project: Distributes free glucometer test strips to low-income diabetes patients in conjunction with education and physician monitoring in collaboration with Neighborhood Healthcare/Pauma Clinic.

Obesity and Diabetes Prevention - Nutrition Newsletter in Spanish: In collaboration with Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District VCPUSD, provided a nutrition newsletter in Spanish to all the Spanish speaking families in order to increase their knowledge and application of proper nutrition. The newsletter was evaluated highly based on feedback at parent meetings. The VCPUSD now sponsors this newsletter.

Current Projects

Obesity and Diabetes Prevention - Project21SD TODAY (Transforming Obesity and Diabetes Awareness in Youth)

Project21SD TOAY is a school-based screening program is conducted by all Palomar Health Community Action Councils. It includes:

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) percentile and blood glucose screening for targeted fifth-grader students to identify those at risk for obesity and diabetes.
  • Follow-up with families of students at-risk based on BMI percentile and/or blood glucose to connect with community resources for access to medical care and low-cost or no-cost health coverage.
  • Education for students and their families about healthy lifestyle habits including eating and physical activity.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: Escondido, San Marcos Ramona Poway and Valley Center – Pauma school districts, North County Health Services, Neighborhood Healthcare, County of San Diego HHSA, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Network for a Healthy California at UCSD, Palomar Health staff.

Outcomes for all CACs: 2007: 1 school participated; 90 screened; 52% found at-risk
Outcomes for all CACs: 2008: 8 school participated: 692 screened; 43% found at-risk
Outcomes for all CACs: 2009: 8 schools participated; 640 screened; 41% found at-risk

Access to Care -Insure Kids Now!: A school intervention program to identify students grades K- 12 lacking health coverage and assist families with access to low-cost or no-cost health care.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District, Neighborhood Healthcare

Outcomes: Project in process; data collection not complete.

Obesity and Diabetes Prevention and Health Careers - Health, Safety, and Career Expo: This is an annual program at the middle school that provides nutrition and safety education and speakers on health careers and pathways.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District, Neighborhood Healthcare; San Diego County Health and Human Services; Indian Health Council; Go-Med Program; Palomar Health staff

Outcomes: 900 students participate annually. After three years, one-third of all high school students are now enrolled in at least one health career preparation class.

Obesity and Diabetes Prevention - Agriculture Day: This program’s goal is to increase student knowledge of gardening, bee keeping, and egg and dairy farming.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: Tierra Miguel Foundation; Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District, San Diego County Health and Human Services

Outcomes: Approximately 1700 students from Valley Center, Lilac and Pauma schools participate annually.

Obesity and Diabetes Prevention - Running Club: A pilot running club was established at Lilac Elementary School in 2008-2009. All students grades K-5 were invited to participate. Running is supervised by school staff before school and active games are offered at lunch time. Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District, Lilac Elementary School and their TPC; San Diego County Health and Human Services Outcomes: 380 students participated in 2008-2009. More than 400 students are participating in 2009-2010; they added dance aerobic, yoga and other physical activity classes.

 

 

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