The mission of Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Kennedy CHC) is to “help people live healthier lives.” We believe that everyone has a right to accessible, high quality, comprehensive, integrated and compassionate health care. As a community health center, Kennedy CHC has always provided comprehensive care to its patients, who are at disparate risk for chronic disease and poor health outcomes. Based in Central Massachusetts, currently over 65% of Kennedy CHC’s patient population is considered low income.
In addition to its three medical sites, Kennedy CHC operates six School Based Health Centers (SBHCs). Our nurse practitioners who staff these schools work with students to address their health needs. As part of our goal to find opportunities to educate students about a healthy lifestyle, we received funding for a nutrition program to implement at one of our Worcester SBHCs. Funding through CrowdRise would allow us to expand this program to another SBHC.
There is a great need for nutritional programs in Worcester. Being overweight and obese was noted as a top concern in the 2015 Greater Worcester Community Health Assessment, which also noted a striking increase in prevalence. Being overweight is a risk factor in asthma, and Worcester has a higher than average hospitalization rate for this condition.
The goal of the Nutrition Program is to provide individual nutritional services, intervention, and group sessions to students during the school year.
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