CHW Success Stories: Carissa, October 2016

Through a generous grant via the United Health Foundation and in cooperation with KC Care Clinic, CHC of Wyandotte County’s Community Health Worker initiative seeks to improve health across Wyandotte County. From time to time, we want to showcase some of the success stories from our health workers:

“A client was referred to me by a community organization with the heads up that, he is a member of the same church I attend. When I met with the client, he was excited to see that I will be working with him because we are familiar with each other. He expressed that he was diagnosed pre-diabetic with high blood pressure and had suffered a heart attack. He stated that his doctor also diagnosed him with being over weight. My client said that he didn’t like to drink much water but drank at least 1 can of soda pop a day. He mentioned that he wanted to increase his physical activity and eat better. He simply wanted a better quality of life, doing the things he really like doing, such as volunteering for different community organizations.

Since his initial enrollment into the CHW Program, he has increased his water intake and eliminated soda pop daily. He increased his physical activity by walking and doing light arm and leg stretches/lifts. He cut out fried foods from his diet. He is now volunteering for different organizations/events in the community. Most of all, he has lost 16 pounds in 5months. He is so grateful for the CHW Program and motivated to continue his weight loss journey.”

Carissa Redmond is a community health worker who serves NBCCDC and the Historic Northeast Midtown Association communities.


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