VANDERBURGH COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT (02/27/20)


[MUSIC] JENNIFER HEALY IS A HEALTH EDUCATOR WITH THE VANDENBERG HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND TODAY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE FAMILY PROGRAMS OF SUPPORT PROGRAMS IN THE AREA THAT THE DEPARTMENT OFFERS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU JENNIFER. THANKS FOR HAVING ME. IT’S GREAT TO LET THE PUBLIC KNOW THAT THERE SO MANY GREAT THINGS GOING ON AT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT BESIDES JUST GIVING KIDS SHOTS. [LAUGHTER] THE FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAMS ARE SO IMPORTANT. WE’VE TALKED ABOUT FREEZE FREE AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS SO WHAT ARE THE EDUCATIONAL PIECES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE FOR THE AUDIENCE TO KNOW. Guest: WE OFFER SEVERAL PROGRAMS. I’M ON THE HEALTH PROMOTION TEAM. WE HAVE A PROGRAM WHERE WE OFFER AND EDUCATION FOR PARENTS HOW TO PUT THE BABY DOWN SAFELY. THE BABY AND ME TOBACCO PROGRAM WHICH HELPS WOMEN GET OFF OF CIGARETTES. THERE SO MANY DANGERS FOR WOMEN WHO SMOKE AND WE WANT WOMEN TO LIVE A HEALTHY LIFE. WE HAVE A DOWN PROGRAM, A STOP SMOKING PROGRAM IN A DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM.>>Ange: ARE ALL OF THEM FREE? Guest: EVERYTHING IS FREE THAT WE OFFER. IT’S ONE WAY THAT WE CAN HELP PEOPLE. THEY DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE EXTRA EXPENSE. Ange: DOES THIS HAVE TO BE SOMEONE WHO IS A LOW INCOME FAMILY WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Guest: IT DEPENDS ON THE PROGRAM. MOSTLY IT’S FROM PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE COUNTY OR WORK IN THE COUNTY WHO LIVE IN THE AREA AND ARE IN THE PROGRAM. WITH THE BABY AND ME PROGRAM WE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE SOMEONE WHO IS PREGNANT FOR THAT. WE ENCOURAGE ANY CAREGIVER THAT WILL BE TAKING CARE OF A CHILD TO COME AND WE TRIED TO GET PREGNANT WOMEN IN OF COURSE. THE WAY DOWN PROGRAM IS FOR ANYBODY THAT IS WILLING OR WANTING TO LOSE WEIGHT. THE STOP SMOKING PROGRAM WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE THE PEOPLE WHO SMOKE AND WE CAN HELP THEM GO SMOKE-FREE BY GIVING THEM FREE PATCHES, NICOTINE PATCHES AND GUM IN THE DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM WOULD BE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE PREDIABETIC. ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH HAVING DIABETES WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE THE PROGRAM BUT AGAIN IT IS FREE AND IS FOR ANYONE THAT IS IN THE COMMUNITY. Ange: ONE OF THE THINGS I HAVE ENJOYED ABOUT THE PROGRAM IS IT IS CONTINUING SUPPORT. IT’S NOT JUST HERE IS THE PATCHING GOOD LUCK. IT’S EDUCATION GOING ON WITH THAT. Guest: WE DO INDIVIDUAL CLASSES, I KNOW SOMETIMES PEOPLE COME INTO A GROUP CLASS CAN BE A LITTLE BIT INTIMIDATED BUT IS ALWAYS WILLING TO BE THAT EXTRA SUPPORT FOR THEM. I ALWAYS TELL MY PARTICIPANTS I’M NOT HERE TO EDUCATE YOU, I’M HERE TO BE YOUR FRIENDS AND TO ENCOURAGE YOU AND BE YOUR LIFESTYLE COACH. Ange: IT HAS TO BE REWARDING IN YOUR ROLE TO SEE PEOPLE GIVE UP THINGS AND GET IT UNDER CONTROL. Guest: I HAVE A JOY IN WHATEVER I AM DOING. I ALWAYS WANT PEOPLE TO COME AND KNOW THAT IT IS FREE AND HELP PEOPLE IN WHATEVER WAY WE CAN. Ange: FOR FOLKS WHO MIGHT NOT KNOW WHERE YOU LOCATED? Guest: IN DOWNTOWN EVANSVILLE AND THAT IS ON MULBERRY STREET. Ange: IT IS VERY EASY TO FIND. Guest: SO EASY TO FIND. Ange: WHAT ABOUT YOUR WEBSITE CAN ACTUALLY SEND PEOPLE THERE? Guest: THEY CAN GO ON THE WEBSITE, THEY CAN FIND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THOSE FOR THE PROGRAMS AND THEY CAN DO ONLINE SIGN UP THERE AND WE WOULD GIVE THEM A CALL OR A TEXT TO LET THEM KNOW WE HAVE YOUR REFERRAL AND SET UP AN APPOINTMENT FOR YOU. Ange: THANK YOU AGAIN JENNIFER HEALY, GOOD JOB. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MORE LIFESTYLES. LET’S CHECK IN WITH RON ROSE.

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