Grant program: Bilingual/Bicultural Demonstration Grants, FY 2007
Organization name: Kaweah Delta Health Care District
Organization address: 400 W. Mineral King, Visalia, CA 93291
Phone number: (559) 624-2414
Fax number: (559) 635-4143
Title of project: Salud es Vida (Health is Life)
Project director: Gwendolyn Bibb
Description of Organization:
Kaweah Delta Health Care District is the regional leader in health care and provides a full continuum of services on four campuses throughout Tulare County. The mission of KDHCD is to provide high quality, customer-oriented and financially strong health care services to meet the needs of those the health district serves. The District is committed to community engagement and programs that aim to reduce health disparities, improve access to health and improve the health and well-being of the community through prevention and education. Since 1987, the Community Outreach Department has implemented programs and activities focused on the needs of underserved populations, with a special emphasis on limited English-proficient (LEP) patients. KDHCD currently partners with over 100 community agencies to serve the needs of the community. KDHCD was honored to win the 2001 Foster McGaw Award for outstanding community service.
Description of project:
The overall goal of Salud es Vida is to increase the opportunities for the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors necessary to prevent and/or reduce the incidence of childhood obesity with Latino LEP families who reside in low income rural communities. The main partners include Kaweah Delta Health Care District's Community Outreach Department, San Juan Health Center, Alta Family Health Clinic, and Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño, Inc. Philliber Research Associates serves as the project evaluator. Major activities of the project are: Implement a 10-week family-based intervention for parents and children of overweight/obese children, with active support from an intervention team of promotoras, providers, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, and behavioral health professionals; Provide support activities such as support groups and physical activity classes; Conduct organizational assessments at two clinic sites, utilizing CLAS standards, and develop and implement an action plan to improve linguistic and cultural competence capacity; Create a model "Cultural Renewal" Project that incorporates Mixteco communities' traditional cultural practices around physical activity and food; Conduct a parent and youth "Leadership Summit" to improve the leadership and advocacy skills of parents and youth that results in enhanced capacity to be change agents in their communities as they work toward environmental changes that support healthy lifestyles.