We also provide cancer screenings and preventative care for colorectal cancer.
The Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. (NACA) Health Promotion programs and Wellness Center are designed to enhance services provided through NACA’s Family Health Center and from surrounding healthcare facilities. Patients are referred by their medical provider and encouraged to take advantage of the health and fitness education classes and services.
The Health Promotion (HP) team engages in patient education with those who are living with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, pre-diabetes, obesity and hypertension, while also increasing resources for breastfeeding mothers. We also provide cancer screenings and preventative care for colorectal cancer. We understand that each client is different, so we guide each person to a healthier lifestyle based on their individual needs, taking into consideration their goals and potential. Our job is to help people enjoy and sustain a balanced and healthy way of life.
The HP team dedicates time to facilitate educational classes, as well as provide one-on-one education for patients and community members. Some curricula that NACA Health Promotions provide include the Association of Diabetes Care Education Specialists Diabetes Self-Management Education class, the Strong Spirit Strong Heart Diabetes Prevention program, the Couch to 5K running training program, and our Honoring the Gift of Healthy Heart class. Additionally, we provide policy initiatives and resources to worksites to support breastfeeding mothers.
We have staff who are certified and trained within various scopes of expertise assisting patients living with chronic diseases. HP employs Fitness Specialists who are Exercise Physiologists certified through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM); a licensed and Registered Dietitian provides medical nutritional therapy; Community Health Representatives, who are patient liaisons, connect patients to proper resource of care; and our health coaches and health educators provide comprehensive care to meet the health and educational needs of patients.
The NACA Wellness Center is comprised of two licensed and qualified fitness professionals who provide holistic fitness plans so groups or individuals can achieve healthy lifestyle goals. They implement the Health Components of Fitness to reach patient goals that are aligned with health needs and/or align with doctor recommendations, e.g. hypertension management. The Wellness Center community gym membership allows affordable access by providing cost effective rates for drop-in gym access, group fitness classes and personal training. Those who have a referral from a provider receive three months of free access, as well as personal training.
The Health Promotion and Wellness Center teams also promote annual events that are geared toward enabling individual goals to be achieved in different ways. Some annual events include Resolution Month, the Colorectal Cancer Awareness Run, the Spring into Summer Hiking Series, the Sacred Mountain Prayer Run and Fall into Fitness events.
The Health Promotion programs are made possible through grants from the Indian Health Services Special Diabetes Program for Indians, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Arizona Cancer Center. FBN
By Kimberly Harvey
Kimberly Harvey is the Interim Health Promotions program manager. As a health coach, she provides direct holistic and comprehensive case management services to all patients living with diabetes, including individual patient assessments, patient self-select goals, individual care plans, patient progress monitoring, and reinforcing diabetes self-management care education. She provides support and knowledge to the diverse needs of unique communities in reaching personal health goals. Harvey is from Black Mesa. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in public health from Northern Arizona University, and she is a mother of two boys.
NACA’s Family Health Center currently offers the seasonal flu vaccine, the COVID-19 Moderna and Pfizer primary vaccines, and the COVID-19 bivalent booster. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 928-773-1245.
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