Tuesday, January 22, 2013

OHD releases final report on innovative pilot outreach program

The Office of Health Disparities released its final report on the For Me, For Us: Bridging Communities and Clinics (BCC) outreach model.  The BCC pilot program successfully expanded OHD's outreach efforts beyond the typical health fair approach to community outreach. BCC services focused on access to health care, wellness, and cultural competency by utilizing a trained and diverse clinical outreach team.  The team provided free screening tests for blood glucose and cholesterol, hypertension, BMI, and other health risk factors,  along with individual referrals to affordable primary care services and follow-up to assist participants with scheduling appointments, answering basic health questions and assistance with language barriers. 

BCC was implemented among communities affected by health disparities including the uninsured/under-insured, low-income populations, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders.  Twenty-four (24) outreach events were held in partnership with 12 clinics and 22 community partners in Salt Lake, Summit, Utah, and Weber counties.  To read the entire report visit http://health.utah.gov/disparities/data/BridgingCommunitiesandClinics2012.pdf.

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