Nutrition and Research – A Great Pairing!
An important part of our community programming that has been enhanced by the NJHCN grant is community needs assessment. Assessments allow us to comprehensively evaluate the needs of our community participants and to enhance the educational opportunities we provide.
In the past few months, we have been able to complete preliminary needs assessments at each organizational site in order to augment our programming and to better serve our participants needs. Survey results from Overlook Family Medicine and Family Promise Union County for the first cohort of participants has been completed. In order to examine behaviors associated with food choice, a voluntary survey was administered to patients (in person or by telephone). Responses of patients who endorsed using government food assistance programs were compared to the responses of those who did not use assistance programs. Preliminary survey results demonstrated that many participants have access to affordable and healthy foods but may run out of food before the end of the month, despite having access to supplemental programs for food assistance. In future, as additional patients are surveyed, participant feedback will be utilized to develop and organize resources to assist in health education efforts.
This month we also hosted another fun and educational nutrition workshop. Participants learned about MyPlate and portion sizes – preparing a delicious and healthy fruit salad with yogurt, and a a garden vegetable soup with grilled chicken. The workshop was provided by Kelly Donovan, Nutrition Educator (currently at Hillside Food Bank).
The program is supported by funding from Atlantic Health System as part of the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network.
About the Grantee
The Overlook Family Medicine - Family Promise Union County Health Education Partnership began in 2016. It aims are to meet identified community health needs, improve screening for preventable illnesses, and provide education that empowers the community to achieve their health goals.