April 2016

Dalton Daily CItizen, ChamberLink

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Chamber Link April 2016 6 Feature Story NGHP's Promotoras de Salud/Community Health Workers have been serving the large uninsured and underserved populations in Northwest Georgia for more than a decade and have had great success in bridging the gap between a primarily indigent population and the often challenging healthcare system. They accomplish this through their programs, including: 1. Traditional Case Management- Promotoras provide patient navigation throughout the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases and other diagnoses. 2. Health and wellness classes-They offer weekly nutrition classes on Friday's held at the Mack Gaston Community Center. 3. Cooking Matters -A hands-on, evidenced-based program throughout a six-week period that teach- es participants how to prepare healthy meals on a budget. 4. Bi-lingual Cancer Support Group "Nueva Vida, Nueva Luz" 5. Mother Daughter-An evening out to educate mothers with middle-school-aged daughters on HPV, cervical cancer and breast health. 6. Northwest Georgia Healthy Babies-Through a partnership with AOG and the Whitfield County Health Department that offers prenatal healthcare to the uninsured or underinsured on a sliding scale. 7. Free mammograms-Ladies, have you had your annual mammogram? We have mammogram funds available! We are excited to announce our newest addition to the Partnership's programming, Readers to Leaders (R2L)! This work was formerly housed under the UGA Archway Partnership. Our goal is to promote literacy in our community and to make sure all children have access to books in their home. This is done through R2L's current programming: Power Lunch Sites (USDA feeding sites), Book Nooks, Reach Out and Read (ROAR), Read Around the Campfire, the Book Blast Literacy Celebration, and book distribution at numerous outreach opportunities. We don't stop there; we aim to service those of all ages. Our Senior Living Seminars are a great addition to 2016's programming. As one of its goals, the NGHP has the mission of helping seniors and their fami- lies adjust to the inevitable "next phases in life." That's why we offer quarterly seminars to help all of us prepare for the changes and transi- tions that are inherent in our golden years, particularly those changes that affect our emotional and physical well-being and affect our financial future. Previous seminar topics have included the importance of wills, estates, trusts, and advanced directives. Stay tuned for a seminar coming up early summer. Through its support of programs and events that promote a healthy lifestyle, the NGHP is making a differ- ence in the lives of thousands of area residents throughout Northwest Georgia. To see the magnitude of our work, please visit us at and like our facebook page-Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership for timely updates. Feel free to contact Executive Director Greg Dent at (706) 272-6663 for more information.

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