CHW Success Stories: Carissa, September 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:

My client was referred to me by a community organization. I found out we both attend the same local church. She had been diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure. Both conditions have been out of control and she had been having a difficult time managing them.  She stated she takes all of her medications but it leaves her with not having an appetite to eat. She was only eating one meal a day with a can of pop. She expressed not being a huge fan for water. At the time she wasn’t doing any physical activity due to fatigue.

Once I met with her we discussed ways she could improve her health gradually. I suggested that she speak with her dietitian for instructions on what to do. I provided information to her about making healthier food choices, minimizing soda pop weekly and increasing her meal intake daily.

Now she is drinking more water and eating 2 meals daily. She stays on top of her doctor’s appointments. She is on her journey of weight loss and healthy lifestyle. She is very grateful for the CHW program, especially since she is paired up with someone she is familiar with.

Carissa Redmond serves NBCCDC and the Historic Northeast Midtown Association communities.

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