This project exists to work with vulnerable populations in the Dayton area to manage chronic illnesses by promoting healthy behaviors. We work to fight the chronic illnesses that are especially devastating to the poor, the homeless, refugee groups, minorities and other marginalized populations. To this end we aim to build an interdisciplinary collaboration of students and faculty in order to leverage their unique skill sets to help people make healthy choices. At the core of our mission is the utilization of motivational interviewing, a technique of goal-directed client-centered counseling that empowers a person to take the right steps to better health.
"Students Teaching Educational Plans for Success" is modeled after a health program started in Cincinnati by an interdisciplinary committee. Motivational interviewing, the science of behavior change, and evidence-based preventive strategies form our theoretical foundation. We hope to work in solidarity with the community towards better health. Sessions will be one Saturday a morning every month un...
til we convert to weekly sessions. During each session health science students and a faculty member will be doing the following:
1.Screening community members for high blood pressure, obesity, and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease. 2.Using self-management support and partnerships with local free clinics to improve chronic care outcomes and decrease emergency room visits 3.Using a community-based approach to increase health literacy and nutritional competency. 4.Employing quality improvement principles of effectiveness, efficiency, equity, patient safety, patient-centeredness and timeliness in the clinic