Chronic Disease Coalition
The prevalence of chronic diseases distresses the health status of Richland County. Chronic diseases contribute to the leading causes of death within Richland County. Rates of chronic disease cases, decrease with positive policy, system, and environmental changes.
The development of a Chronic Disease Coalition promotes health system changes that integrate the management and prevention of chronic disease in Richland County. This action group will be responsible for creating and implementing an action plan that addresses chronic disease issues identified in the County Quality of Life Strategic Plan.
Come Join Us on the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. in Rm. 202 at the Community Services Building.
Chronic Disease Coalition Goals:
1. Increase community awareness of Chronic Disease Prevention, with an emphasis on Heart Disease.
2. Create strong linkage between community services and providers.
3. Ensure help for those already with Chronic Disease
Chronic Disease Coalition Partners:
Ashley VandeBossche, BS-RCHD Chronic Disease Prevention
Beth Mindt, BSN, RN-BC-SHC Chronic Care/Diabetes Management
Carrie Krug, BS-MSU Extension Family Consumer Sciences
Breanne Josephson, RT-RCHD Asthma Home Visiting
Heather Nevins, BA-RCHD CONNECT
Jenna Wheeler, LPN-SHC Clinic Nursing
Jackylyn Damm - Tobacco Cessation
Jodi Berry, CCTM-COA Senior Center and AFEP
Kathy Jensen-SHC Outreach, Telemedicine and Medical Staff Services Director.
Kayla Fox, RYT - AFEP
Kathy Helmuth, RN, BSN-RCHD Immunization and Senior Health
Kelly Wilkinson-SHC Social Services
2019-2020 Workshops and Programs
Hypertension Workshop – April, 2019
Blood Pressure Management Workshops
Communities in Action's Chronic Disease Coalition focuses on Richland County's #1 leading cause of death, Heart Disease. In the month of February 2020, Chronic Disease Coalition partners provided blood pressure checks to 54 people at the local grocery stores. Partners collaborate to offer a wide variety of health education trainings for the community each year.
The most recent opportunity is a Blood Pressure Management Workshop available from the comfort of your own home via YouTube!
Please contact Ashley VandeBossche at (406) 433-2207 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register for her upcoming classes. Each participant will receive a FREE digital blood pressure monitor.
Asthma Home Visiting Program
This program provides services to children and adults with a current asthma diagnosis and who have had an emergency/unscheduled visit to a healthcare provider related to asthma or has scored less than 20 on the Asthma Control test in the last year.
Benefits of this program include 6 home visits per year, free allergen proof pillows and mattress covers, free air filters for homes with pets or people who smoke, help identifying things in your home that may make asthma words, custom asthma resources, referrals to community services, and individual help with managing the medical system. All of these benefits come with no cost to participants.
Contact Breanne Josephson at the Richland County Health Department at 406-433-2207 or at email@example.com.