Health Promotion Curricula in CDC Funded States: North Carolina

Women be Healthy—NC

 

Target Audience     

Adult women with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities who possess sufficient receptive and expressive communications skills to comprehend the instructional material and participate in role-play situations

 

The Women Be Healthy curriculum was developed to teach groups of women with intellectual disabilities about reproductive health and breast and cervical cancer screenings to promote active participation in healthcare.  Service Providers first receive a free Women Be Healthy train the trainer workshop.  Then two providers facilitate a Women Be Healthy course for women they serve.  Groups of 5 to 10 women meet 1½ hours per week over eight weeks.  This curriculum is designed to increase women’s knowledge and use of cancer screening services. Its goal is met by teaching reproductive health information, reducing fear and anxiety associated with medical procedures, and teaching women how to be assertive in medical situations through role-play situations.  Included are relaxation / pain coping exercises, as well as a field trip to a doctor’s office to see the office and equipment and ask questions to the healthcare provider.  After participating in Women Be Healthy classes, participants will be familiar with the risks and preventive steps to screen for breast and cervical cancer and they will be empowered to be more active participants in their healthcare.

 

Materials Utilized    

Women be Healthy Curriculum,  Orchid magazine, Health Care Took kit, Table Manners and Beyond,  BSE shower cards, a free kit of curriculum materials (videos, breast models, posters, pelvic exam instruments, anatomically correct dolls)

 

Contact Information           

Pam Dickens, MPH
NC Office on Disability and Health
UNC-CH, CB 8185
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185
(919) 966-0871
dickens@mail.fpg.unc.edu

 

Website         http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~ncodh

 

 

Work Healthy, Live Healthy—NC

 

Target Audience     

Individuals with significant disabilities receiving services at community rehabilitation programs, including adults with intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and co-occurring disabilities.

 

The goal of the Work Healthy, Live Healthy (WHLH) intervention is to help work sites support, model, and encourage healthy and realistic lifestyle choices. WHLH is based on best practices in work site health and includes 3 core components: 1) A Wellness Committee that is consumer-directed and staff-supported, 2) Moderate physical activity opportunities during the work day, and 3) Time-limited health education classes on healthy eating and physical activity.  WHLH is designed to be part of the work day and not interfere with work routines. WHLH combines environmental change, health education, and individual supports and is designed to encourage everyone to be healthy at work.  The NCODH offers community rehabilitation programs a blend of staff training, technical assistance and resources to successfully initiate and sustain WHLH.  Measures of program effectiveness for individuals include increased time spent in physical activity; decreased intake of high fat, high salt and high calorie foods and drinks; number of persons involved in educational classes, group activities, and physical activity; environmental changes including healthier vending machine selections; and work site and participant satisfaction.

 

Materials Utilized:

WHLH class outlines and handouts, food models, exercise videos, fliers, educational posters, instructions for starting a Wellness committee and Walking Club, and incentives: pedometers, water bottles, wrist bands         

 

Contact Information           

Karen Luken               
NC Office on Disability and Health
UNC-CH, CB 8185
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185
(919) 966-0881
kluken@email.unc.edu

 

Website: www.fpg.unc.edu/~ncodh