Peekskill-headquartered Hudson River HealthCare will receive a $20,000 grant to offer a health education and informational program in partnership with a Peekskill church and the Peekskill Area Pastors Association. Read the release below from HRHC for more information:
The Westchester Community Foundation has approved a grant in the amount of $20,000 to Hudson River HealthCare to support a health education, information and referral program in collaboration with Mount Olivet Baptist Church and the Peekskill Area Pastors Association.
This grant was received in response to a proposal to launch a faith-based initiative in the City of Peekskill, to address the health disparities in chronic conditions for low-income and minority populations, especially African Americans and Latinos. Working with and through partners in the faith-based community, HRHCare plans to build upon Project HOPE (Health Opportunities to Promote Equality), an initiative conducted in partnership with the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, to promote community-based health education activities. With the support and participation of the Peekskill Area Pastors’ Association and the Mount Olivet Baptist Church, HRHCare will enlist additional faith communities to participate in this expanded initiative, which will address three priority areas through a three-pronged project:
* “Know Your Numbers” – church-based screening events that provide health screenings (blood pressure, HIV rapid testing, lipid profile, etc.) onsite at various churches and link participants to HRHCare, a Patient-Centered Medical Home, to engage them in follow-up care and treatment, focusing especially on African American and Hispanic men who most often do not ‘know their numbers” and tend not to seek care until their condition escalates;
* Nutrition education – at venues such as Fred’s Pantry, a local, newly established ‘choice’ food pantry, HRHCare will provide nutrition counseling with a Registered Dietician, conduct food demonstrations and workshops using foods that are given out, and provide information and displays on the benefits of good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.
* “Living at Our Best” – Project HOPE will culminate the 5th year celebration of this successful community-wide annual event that is hosted by HRHCare which offers interactive, culturally sensitive workshops that incorporate health promotion as well as complementary medicine with a holistic approach. Activities include Zumba/aerobic dance instruction, aromatherapy workshops, health screenings, stress management and other workshops.