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November Partner Spotlight

Health Education on Wheels Collaborates with Community Organizations to Share NDEP’s Diabetes Information Where People Live, Work, Play, and Worship

Background

Founded in 2007, Health Education on Wheels (HEOW) is a community-based nonprofit organization based in New York with a mission to provide free, accessible health information, education and diagnostic services to individuals with preventable diseases. Recognizing the health effects of diabetes and the increased risk among immigrant populations living in New York, Health Education on Wheels partners with various community health organizations to coordinate outreach events at local churches, parks, hospitals, health fairs, and other community venues.

Outreach and Promotions

November Partner Spotlight Image #1: Health Education on Wheels To raise awareness and help educate members of a local church in Brooklyn, HEOW partnered with the Brooklyn Hospital Center, Bayer HealthCare, Chase Bank, family counseling services, and many other community organizations to host a health fair in front of the church. During the health fair themed “Spring to Good Health and Drive Away Diabetes,” HEOW used NDEP’s Road to Health toolkit to talk with people about prevention of type 2 diabetes and shared NDEP’s diabetes prevention tip sheets – including Tips for Teens and It's Never Too Early to Prevent Diabetes. – to help people make changes to delay or prevent the disease.

In addition, HEOW partnered with three community health organizations to host a seminar focused on type 2 diabetes. During the seminar, participants discussed the importance of lifestyle changes – losing 5-7 percent of their body weight, eating healthy foods, November Partner Spotlight Image #2: Health Education on Wheels and exercise – to prevent type 2 diabetes or manage the disease. HEOW used and shared a variety of NDEP messages and resources to help participants learn about diabetes and healthy habits, including Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your Game Plan to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes, the Fat and Calorie Counter, and Two Reasons I Find Time to Prevent Diabetes.

HEOW also organized monthly, hour-long presentations using the 12 sessions from NDEP’s Power to Prevent program. During the sessions, HEOW presented on information from Power to Prevent curriculum to help participants learn about diabetes, diabetes risk factors, steps people can take to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes, and other helpful resources from the NDEP such as the Diabetes Risk Test and type 2 diabetes prevention resources available on the NDEP website.

To promote these outreach events and offerings from the NDEP, HEOW developed a diabetes page on its website, distributes weekly advertisements in the health section of the local newspaper, and distributes information at local parks and hospitals.

For more information, contact Mr. William Addo at waddo@healtheducationonwheels.org.


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