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Community Health Program Highlights

​​There are new and exciting opportunities to connect with Presbyterian Community Health initiatives all the time!

Healthy Food in Healthcare Vision

Presbyterian Healthcare Services believes that everyone should have the opportunity to be healthy and live in thriving communities. Food is a key component of a healthy life and an important economic driver to support a healthy community. Presbyterian has identified healthy eating as one of our community health priorities and has signed the Healthy Food in Health Care pledge, a program of Health Care Without Harm, to show our commitment to this important determinant of health.

Learn more about the exciting changes taking place in how we view healthcare




Child and Adult Care Food Program

Children visiting the hospital can now enjoy a free, nutritious meal at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis and Socorro General Hospital in Socorro thanks to a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. These Presbyterian facilities will provide select healthy options for children and then receive reimbursement. Meals must be eaten at the hospital.

Program details:

  • At Presbyterian Hospital's cafeteria, children aged 3-18 can receive a free healthy meal between 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
  • At Socorro General Hospital's cafeteria, children aged 3-18 can receive a free healthy meal between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., seven days a week.
  • At Plains Regional Medical Center's cafeteria, children aged 1-18 can receive a free healthy meal between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week. A caregiver accompanying the child is also eligible for a reduced price healthy meal.

Participant Information




Healthy Here Mobile Farmers’ Market: Improving Health Equity

The Mobile Farmers’ Market is a collaborative focused on improving health equity for low income individuals and families in Bernalillo County, by supporting local farmers and increasing access to and education about affordable, healthy, locally produced foods.

In the 2015 pilot season, the Healthy Here Mobile Farmers’ Market, a farmer’s market on wheels, provided more than 600 residents of Albuquerque’s International District and South Valley with healthy, affordable, organically grown fruits and vegetables, and educational resources for how to prepare the markets’ offerings in cost-effective, delicious and easy ways. This effort is part of a the Healthy Here initiative that includes Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Bernalillo County Community Health Council and community partners including but not limited to: Agri-Cultura Network, La Cosecha CSA, Street Food Institute, Kids Cook!, UNM Southeast Heights Clinic, First Nations Healthsource, Van Buren Middle School, First Choice Community Healthcare, Los Padillas Community Center, Adelante, UNM Prevention Resource Center, and the International District Healthy Communities Coalition.

In 2016, the Healthy Here Mobile Farmers’ Market will make stops at various health clinics, middle schools and community centers; locations are listed below. The market accepts all forms of payment, including WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Checks, SNAP/EBT and Double Up Food Bucks (get twice as much produce for the same price).

Mobile Farmers’ Market Schedule (June 6 - October 25, 2016)

Mondays
UNM Southeast Heights Clinic
8200 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

First Nations
5608 Zuni Rd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Van Buren Middle School
700 Louisiana Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesdays
Presbyterian Medical Group (PMG)
3436 Isleta Blvd SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.

Los Padillas Community Center
2117 Los Padillas Rd SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

First Choice Community Healthcare
2001 El Centro Familiar Blvd SW
Albuquerque NM 87105
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For more information please, email or call:
Natalie Donnelly, Community Food Projects Coordinator
Phone: 505-841-1357



La Cosecha – Community Supported Agriculture

Learn about some of the work Presbyterian is doing to increase access to healthy food in Albuquerque's South Valley. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​Find out more about how healthy harvests build healthier communities

 

 

 



Prescription Trails​​

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Presbyterian supports Prescription Trails as part of our active living priority. The Prescription Trails program is designed to increase walking and wheelchair rolling on suggested routes and promotes healthy lifestyles for families. Healthcare professionals write prescriptions for walking for their patients based on their current physical condition and to treat and prevent a number of chronic conditions such as diabetes, depression, and high blood pressure. Sedentary lifestyles contribute significantly to chronic disease and poor health outcomes. Prescription Trails connects healthcare professionals and their patients to walkable sites in New Mexico communities. To make sure that people engage in appropriate levels of physical activity, healthcare providers assess patient readiness to start or maintain a walking program and then write tailored prescriptions based on these assessments.

Prescription Trails is a collaborative team effort. Partners of the Albuquerque Alliance for Active Living envisioned the program with encouragement from the National Park Service' Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. The alliance's director, Joanne McEntire, requested the medical community's involvement through New Mexico HealthCare Takes On Diabetes and its executive director, Charm Lindblad. Building a collaborative team was essential to reach real outcomes, and Joanne and Charm hosted two visioning sessions in 2006, which lead to the Prescription Trails program. In 2008, New Mexico HealthCare Takes On Diabetes assumed leadership of the program.

A Prescription Trails walking guide is available for healthcare professionals and their patients. This walking guide lists parks and open trails by ZIP codes or city neighborhoods, making it easier for people to see what options exist for walking in different areas of the city.

View the online walking guide, walking tips, and a walking log to track information on the dates, distances, and times you walk!

Maps have been developed for walking trails at many of our facilities, including:




Other Presbyterian Community Health Programs

Making A Plan for Community Health

Hosting farmers' markets, prescribing physical activity, and promoting smoking cessation programs – these are just a few of the ways Presbyterian works to keep the communities we serve healthy. Beyond providing comprehensive healthcare to our patients and members, Presbyterian is also developing programs to improve health in the broader community as a part of the Affordable Care Act and in alignment with Healthy People 2020, a national initiative to improve the health of all Americans.

A team of Presbyterian employees assessed health needs in the communities we serve and then, working with community partners, prioritized the top three priorities to focus on in community health plans around the state. Those top three priorities are: healthy eating, active living and prevention of unhealthy substance abuse.

Soon you'll be hearing more about community health plans and the specific programs we're supporting around the state to target those priorities.

If you have questions about these community health plans or programs, please contact Leigh Caswell with the Community Health Team




We're Connecting Kids with Healthy Foods

As part of our community health plan and focus on healthy eating, Presbyterian is helping to support two programs through FoodCorps. A national program with several sites in New Mexico, FoodCorps teaches kids about healthy foods, builds school gardens, and brings high quality local food to public school cafeterias.

Presbyterian is funding two, one-year FoodCorps positions in central New Mexico to strengthen community connections with healthy eating programs. One FoodCorps service member is working with Albuquerque Public Schools (APS); the other is working with La Plazita Institute, which connects youth, the elderly, and the community in a holistic, cultural way. The FoodCorps service members have several programs underway, including building gardens at local schools, piloting nutrition-oriented curricula, and providing taste tests of new, nutritious food to APS students.

If you have questions about these community health plans or programs, please contact Leigh Caswell with the Community Health Team




Presbyterian Helps Lead Effort to Reduce Opioid Abuse

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico has the highest drug overdose rate in the nation. Overdose deaths in Bernalillo County account for almost half of all drug overdose deaths in the state. Presbyterian has joined forces with government agencies, law enforcement groups, education leaders, and community outreach programs to try to reduce drug overdoses in New Mexico. This effort ties in with one of our three community health plan priorities: prevention of unhealthy substance use.

In September 2013 and again this year, Presbyterian helped sponsor the Bernalillo County Opioid Abuse Accountability Summit, which brought together a range of leaders and stakeholders who are collaborating to "turn the curve" on overdose deaths and help save lives in New Mexico. The group will also work on strategies for reducing dependency on prescription drugs and heroin. Work groups from the summit will meet over the next two years to develop and implement recommendations in key focus areas, including prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and criminal justice.




Presbyterian Growers' Market Offers "Two-For-One" Double Value to SNAP Participants

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Presbyterian's Growers' Market offers the two-for-one double value program for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

The SNAP Double Value Program can be spent on fresh fruit and vegetables at select New Mexico farmers' markets, including Presbyterian's market relocated this year to the Reverend Hugh Cooper Center located at 9521 San Mateo NE every Tuesday morning, 7:30am-12:30pm. The funding is made possible by the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation.

“Presbyterian is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve and this program will help New Mexico SNAP participants have access to fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables at a discounted cost," said Leigh Caswell, Presbyterian community health manager.

SNAP customers will be matched up to $20 per market visit. In addition to the Albuquerque Presbyterian Growers' Market, the SNAP Double Value Program will be available at the Tucumcari and Socorro farmers' markets.

“This is a great program for customers and farmers alike," said Denise Miller, executive director of the New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association (NMFMA), who will help administer the program. The funding has arrived just as the selection of locally grown produce available at farmers' markets is at its peak," she said.

More than 30 farmers' markets around the state accept SNAP benefits. The SNAP program currently serves more than 199,000 New Mexico families with incomes up to 165 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. The SNAP Double Value Program will run until funds are expended and/or the markets close for the season

Presbyterian Community Health has committed to continuing the program during the 2016 growing season. Presbyterian is hosting the Albuquerque Uptown Growers' Market this year at its business center located at 9521 San Mateo NE every Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through the last Tuesday in October.

Presbyterian exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state's only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,600 respected employees and growing.




Manage My Chronic Disease (MyCD)

What is the Manage MyCD program?

MyCD is New Mexico's name for a suite of evidence-based chronic disease self-management education programs developed by Stanford University's School of Medicine Patient Education Research Center. This includes:

  • The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) for adults with any chronic condition and caregivers.
  • The Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) for people with type 2 diabetes and those who care for them.
  • The Cancer Thriving and Surviving (CTS) program for cancer survivors and caregivers.

Each program is peer-led and designed to help people gain the confidence needed to take part in maintaining their health and managing their chronic health conditions.

Who is the MyCD program for?

MyCD programs are for adults of all ages who have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, asthma, heart disease, pain, depression, and high blood pressure. These programs are especially helpful for adults with one or more chronic health conditions. The family, friends, and caregivers of those who attend any MyCD program are welcome and encouraged to participate too. All MyCD programs are available in English and Spanish.

Subjects covered include:

  • Techniques for dealing with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance and preventing falls
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Nutrition, healthy eating, and weight management
  • Evaluating new treatments

Program length and cost:

Manage MyCD workshops are FREE and run throughout the year. Participants meet in a small group setting, generally 12-20 people, for two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks. Workshops are open to the public at no cost and are offered in community settings like senior centers, churches, libraries, and hospitals.

MyCD Education Programs Statewide Schedule


Please contact your regional MyCD Coordinator (see below) to choose the MyCD workshop of your choice and reserve your space today.

Denise Dumesnil, LCSW
MyCD Regional Coordinator
Colfax, Harding, Mora, Taos, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, and Union, counties and the eight northern pueblos
Email: denisemycd@gmail.com
Phone: 575-613-5489

Lupita Gurulé dé Martinez, CMS-CHt
MyCD Regional Coordinator
Los Alamos, northern Sandoval, Santa Fe, San Juan, and McKinley counties and Jemez Pueblo
Email: LGdMconsulting@gmail.com
Phone: 505-690-4436

Catherine Offutt, MBA
MyCD Statewide Program Director
All other counties and Native American tribal locations, including : Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Las Cruces
Email: catoff@msn.com
Phone: 505-884-8389




Kitchen Creations

Kitchen Creations enhances meal planning and food preparation skills for self-management through four sessions, each lasting two  and a half to three hours. Nutrition recommendations presented in Kitchen Creations are in line with current recommendations for people with type 2 diabetes set forth by the American Diabetes Association.

Kitchen Creations is a cooking school for people with diabetes and their families. The Kitchen Creations curriculum was adapted from a successful West Virginia curriculum, Dining with Diabetes, in 1999 by certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, and extension specialists in the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Cooperative Extension Service and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. Kitchen Creations is offered free of charge to participants across New Mexico by the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, with funding from the NMDOH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.

Kitchen Creations enhances meal planning and food preparation skills for self-management through four sessions, each lasting two and a half to three hours. Nutrition recommendations presented in Kitchen Creations are in line with current recommendations for people with type 2 diabetes set forth by the American Diabetes Association. Sessions are based on social cognitive theory and include participation in nutrition education activities, food preparation activities, and the tasting of foods. Learning is enhanced by the social support of others in the classroom. Extension home economists and registered dietitians, and/or certified diabetes educators facilitate the sessions, incorporating group learning, discussion, and skill-building. Participants receive materials to assist in making recommended lifestyle changes, including a manual and diabetes cookbooks.

Find out more about Kitchen Creations
Find out more about Kitchen Creations (Versión en Español)




Connect to Our Community Health Initiatives

Would you like to participate in a class we are offering, learn more about the community health initiatives, or partner with us?

For more information about ongoing initiatives, please contact Leigh Caswell with the Community Health Team

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