Need: To lessen the impact of chronic disease and associated complications in North Carolina.
Intervention: Partners in Health and Wholeness, an initiative of the NC Council of Churches, is a faith-based program that integrates healthy living within congregations while offering financial support to launch or expand health initiatives.
Results: Since its founding in 2009, over 500 churches have become a part of the PHW, many in rural areas, and over 375 mini-grants have been awarded to congregations.
Need: Prevention of type 2 diabetes in adolescents living in rural parts of Louisiana.
Intervention: Through screenings, the Adolescent Pre-Diabetes Prevention Program detects the onset of prediabetes. Through nutrition and physical activity education, the program teaches high school students and staff how to adopt healthy lifestyles.
Results: The program has seen an increase in enrollment and continues to see decreases in body weight, body mass index, and A1C levels among participants.
Need: To integrate and enhance adolescent services in a rural Arizona county that borders Mexico.
Intervention: The Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network (AWN) was developed to maximize local assets to improve adolescent health and wellness in Santa Cruz County. Their efforts enhance health services in schools, develop youth leaders, and equip adolescent-serving organizations.
Results: Successfully improved adolescent wellness understanding and involvement, training a total of 1,494 participants in adolescent development and mental health topics. A school-linked healthcare system resulted in 288 referrals to primary care or behavioral health.