Central City Integrated Health uses the knowledge gained from its history of being embedded in the community and engaging its residents to provide enhanced community-based health education programs for Detroit families and their children.
The concept grew out of CCIH’s work with homeless families and the engagement of residents residing in public housing during community meetings. The need for additional health and dental education was documented by CCIH staff considering health statistics that indicate the health and wellness of children is severely impacted by homelessness and poverty.
CCIH also provides health and dental education outreach to families living in public housing and shelters. The comprehensive education covers vaccinations, medication dosage for children, asthma action plans, injury prevention, medical emergencies, dental hygiene, and nutrition (healthy eating, cooking, and shopping).
The health education addresses categories that have been identified in Healthy Persons 2020 as core to the overarching goals of:
- Improving health-related quality of life and well-being for all individuals
- Achieving health equity, eliminating disparities, and improving the health of all groups in the community
Asthma, exposure to lead, vulnerability to infectious diseases, lack of access to nutritional food, and other social determinants of health are more prevalent among children residing in shelters and public housing.
Improvement in the health and wellness of the families and children is monitored through data collection and reporting. The intended results of the programs include: measurable reductions in asthma-related complications, improved adherence to medication dosage and safety, reduction in cavities, increased knowledge of available health/dental resources, and increased understanding of proper nutrition.