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Family Health Ceners of San Diego

OMH Grant
Bilingual/Bicultural Service
Demonstration Program
Fiscal Year 2004

Family Health Centers of San Diego
1809 National Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113
Phone: (619) 515-2507
Fax: (619) 696-0412
Title: An Innovative Approach to Latino Childhood Overweight/Obesity in San Diego
Project Period: 9/30/04 - 9/29/07
Project Director: Alberto Aldrete
Target Population: Asian, Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino, Children, Adolescents, Adults and Elderly
Health Issues: Obesity and Overweight

Family Health Centers of San Diego seeks to develop a replicable community engagement model dedicated to changing norms relative to overweight and obesity in the Latino community in the Mid-City/City Heights area of Central San Diego. Cultural competency trainings are provided for clinic staff. Promotoras and project staff collaborate on group and individual education, assessment, and case management for children and families. Through outreach to the community and referrals from partner organizations, overweight and obese children and their families are referred to the City Heights Family Health Center's Childhood Overweight program, where an Obesity Specialist provides treatment as needed. Participants receive counseling as well as measurements and testing for health concerns, such as weight, height, blood pressure and other indicators. Family lifestyle habits, including diet information, are reviewed as well, with referrals made to specialists as needed. Regular meetings are held, along with a drop-in support group. Outreach and education materials, and new and pre-existing materials, are adapted for use by the program with many translated into Spanish. A community core group of parents, residents, project staff, volunteers, and school staff at Jackson Elementary School support the development of roles for parents in educating and changing norms surrounding nutrition and exercise. Participation of students is solicited through the school's parent-teacher association.

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