Community Health Programs
The Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs
The Childhood Obesity Prevention Program helps Athens county schools use national programs that encourage students to make healthier choices. The program works with local preschools, daycare centers and high schools to start services or programs that teach children about good nutrition and ways to stay active.
Our focus on very young children and teenagers complements the work of the AmeriCorps/COMCorps program, one program we offer that works to improve eating habits and activity levels of Athens County elementary school kids.
This program works with preschools to implement the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC), a model developed at the University of North Carolina with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding. Mary McPherson, RNC., our nurse coordinator for the Childhood Obesity Prevention Program, works with preschool leaders to assess the types of food they serve, student activity levels and other factors. After assessment, she provides training and consultation to assist school leaders in reaching their goals for healthier experiences for their students.
The Childhood Obesity Prevention Program is funded with a grant from the Ohio Department of Health's Division of Child and Family Health Services program, which works to improve the health of infants, children and women in their childbearing years.
For more information about this program visit http://www.oucom.ohiou.edu/csp/ChildhoodObesity2012.htm.
COMCorps and AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a network of local, state and national service programs that put into service more than 70,000 Americans each year in an effort to address critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. AmeriCorps is often referred to as a "Domestic Peace Corps." Its members serve with more than 3,000 non-profit organizations, public agencies and faith-based and community organizations.
COMCorps is an AmeriCorps program, housed in the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Community Health Programs. COMCorps' mission is to provide health education and access to health care and health screenings for children and families in Athens County.
COMCorps members serve an 11-month term packed with 1,700 hours of life-changing experience serving others. COMCorps service members are active in schools and agencies as they deliver health-related programs and implement health-related projects. Many of our COMcorps participants often go on to pursue careers in medicine and health care.
If you would like to make an 11-month commitment to deliver health services in Athens County, please contact Lauren Borovicka or visit americorps.gov. Download the Spring 2012 Newsletter(pdf) for more information on recent events held by COMCorps. You can also visit http://www.oucom.ohiou.edu/csp/AmeriCorps2012.htm to learn more.
Community Health Screenings
Routine screening can help prevent serious health problems. Our health screenings include checking:
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar (glucose)
- Blood lipids (cholesterol)
Some of our patients find out for the first time through our screenings that their blood pressure, blood sugar or cholesterol is high. The good news is that once you know you have a high reading, you can begin taking steps to improve your health. We'll help you with the information you need to take control of your health so you can avoid more serious health problems.
Screenings are offered at our Heritage Community Clinic on the Ohio University campus in Athens, and at our mobile health clinics that travel to Hocking, Perry, Vinton, Morgan, Washington, Jackson, Perry, Lawrence, Gallia, Ross, Scioto, Pike, Noble and Monroe counties. Please check our calendar for the Community Health Screenings schedule.
For appointments and more information call (800) 844-2654 or (740) 593-2432.
You can also visit http://www.oucom.ohiou.edu/csp/CommunityHealthScreenings2012.htm.
Caring for our Communities: Free Clinics
The Heritage Community Clinic offers primary care and specialty health care to qualifying adults in Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry and Washington counties.
We currently offer free clinics in the following specialties:
- Primary Care
We have often provided referrals to other health care providers including cardiologists, surgeons, orthopedic specialists, podiatrists, eye care specialists and others. We also help with prescriptions.
Clinics are offered regularly. Please check our calendar for dates, times and locations.
Mobile Clinics: Health Care Comes to You
The Heritage Community Clinic has two mobile health clinics that regularly visit multiple counties in southeastern Ohio. These mobile clinics contain fully equipped exam rooms in which our nurses and physicians provide care. Call (800) 844-2654 or (740) 593-2432 or visit http://www.oucom.ohiou.edu/csp/MobileClinic2012.htm for more information.