Our Cultivating Health Ministries Project
Diabetes, and its life-limiting complications, is a top health issue in McHenry County; and is increasing in those most like to have this disease, LatinX & Older Adults. While many area agencies/health professionals are already addressing the problem, the Cultivating Health Ministries initiative raises the bar by bringing together partners that have been working separately to create a proactive partnership that will reduce the health disparities for these populations. Led by Elizabeth Rios, APRN and Nathan Kakish, M.D., this provides countywide access to screenings, education, resources and health transformation services in churches instead of clinics or medical offices.
Community Crosswalk, NFP
Advocate-Aurora Health System
The McHenry County Department of Public Health
The Illinois Migrant Council
The McHenry County PEARLS program
Garcia Nutrition Services
Epilepsy Health Management
The Harvard Community Senior Center
Create 10 Health Ministries delivery systems with supportive activities that integrate social care and health care activities at churches/houses of worship
Provide evidence based programs and community based supportive services to 650 Older Adults/LatinX individuals through Health Church sites
Reduce A1C levels and/or Weight and/or Hypertension in 70% of program completers
Maintain A1C levels and/or Weight and/or Hypertension in 40% of program completers at 1-year post program follow up.
Thanks to support from the Community Foundation for McHenry County, Social and Spiritual Community Care IS Health Care