Palomar Health Community Action Council of San Marcos

Accomplishments

Obesity and Diabetes Prevention - Preschool in the Park: In collaboration with Jewish Family Services, provides healthy snacks for preschoolers and nutrition education for the children and their parents.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention: Panorama Teen and Family Resource Center: Provided initial support for the Resource Center which implements health education activities for teens and families. The Resource Center is now self sustaining.

Substance Abuse Prevention: In collaboration with North Inland Community Prevention Program advocated for the Responsible Beverage Service and Sales Ordinance to be adopted by the City of San Marcos. The Ordinance requires training for those who sell or serve alcohol to reduce DUIs and underage drinking.

Access to Care – San Marcos Passport to Health: Provided interactive health education with the goal of signing children up for free or low-cost health insurance. Health screening and insurance information was provided to more than 200 San Marcos residents.

Current Projects

Obesity and Diabetes Prevention - Fun, food, and Fitness: This is a program of the San Marcos Library targeting young children that includes 30-minutes of nutrition education and 30 minutes of physical activity once a week for six weeks. The program was piloted in 2009 and will be repeated in 2010.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: San Marcos Library; Network for a Healthy California

Outcomes: 250 children were served in 2008-2009.

Obesity and Diabetes Prevention – San Marcos Wellness Policy Fair: This annual community event includes BMI and blood pressure screenings; ten physical challenges; information on the school district’s wellness policy, healthy foods; and showcases the physically active club and the winner of the student poster contest.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: San Marcos Unified School District; North County Health Services; Mission Federal Credit Union; Cal State San Marcos; Palomar Community College

Outcomes: Wellness Policy Fair had 1300 participants. BMI and blood pressure screenings were received by 178 participants.

Access to Care - Transportation Program: Provide taxi vouchers to low-income seniors for transportation to medical appointments. Developed list of Transportation Resources for San Marcos Seniors and distributed through San Marcos Senior Center, Library, and Project Care.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: San Marcos Senior Center; Project C.A.R.E.

Outcomes: 20-50 taxi vouchers are provided each year based on funding.

Access to Care - Formed a collaborative partnership with FACT – Full Access & Coordinated Transportation, who will serve as the primary resource for human services and nonprofit coordination of transportation services, marketing, maintenance, purchasing, outreach and funding in the Palomar Health region. They will also become the regional specialized transportation broker, scheduling and coordinating transportation services to fill in spatial gaps where fixed route and ADA paratransit services are not available.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: FACT

Mental Health – Supporting Our Community Seniors SOCS Box: Training program for volunteer visitors, caregivers, ombudsmen, family and friends on building communication skills, learning about senior health issues such as dementia, depression and elder abuse, and becoming familiar with community resources and appropriate referral.

Palomar Health-CAC Collaborative Partners: United Church of Lake San Marcos, Palomar Health Behavioral health, North County Health Services, Elizabeth Hospice, Aging and Independence Services, community members.

Outcomes: Training conducted for more than 100 people during 2007-2009 and evaluated highly by participants. Training planned for 2010

 

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