Overview

 

In addition to medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, and pharmaceutical services provided at the clinic, WV Health Right staff and volunteers also offer health education classes to provide the clinic's patients with self-management techniques that promote personal responsibility for health improvement. 

Many of WV Health Right's patients suffer from one or more chronic conditions that have a profound impact on their health and quality of life.  Additionally, many of these patients engage in high-risk behaviors such as tobacco use and maintaining diets high in carbohydrates and fat.  The most prevalent chronic conditions and behaviors among clinic patients include high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, smoking, addiction, depression and former heart incidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), West Virginia's national chronic disease rankings are: number one for prevalence of overweight/obese conditions, number one for prevalence of heart attacks, number two for prevalence for strokes, number two for prevalence for Type II diabetes, and number two for tobacco use.

At WV Health Right, patient education is a significant component of its healthcare model.  Health education concentrates on wellness, prevention, and health promotion in an effort to change and improve societal health factors.  WV Health Right patients are taking a more informed and active role in healthcare-related decisions; the degree to which risky behaviors are reduced depends mostly on the patient’s understanding of the significance of the risk and the importance of change. 

 

The patient-centered approach demonstrates the highest quality of care, offering the most effective interventions for an individual patient.  In addition, care that is truly patient-centered considers patients’ cultural traditions, personal preferences and values, family situations, and lifestyles.  The patient and his/her family are an integral part of the healthcare team, actively collaborating with healthcare providers in making decisions.

Rapid discharge from acute care facilities is increasingly forcing patients to be more independent in managing their own health.  In the 21st century, patient education has become an important focus of healthcare delivery and adds value to the management of various diseases and disorders.  Patients’ participation in healthcare assessments has been largely associated with better health outcomes.  As a result, WV Health Right is seeking to expand its patient-centered care practices.

Good health is not just a matter of biology and medical care but of behavior, environment, and social conditions. WV Health Right offers an array of health education classes to assist patients in recognizing and achieving necessary lifestyle changes to improve their overall health status. We offer several types of classes including nutrition and healthy cooking classes, diabetes education, exercise, tobacco cessation, weight management, overcoming addictions, and stress reduction.

 

The goals for the clinic's health education classes include (1) health status improvement through sustainable lifestyle changes coupled with medication therapies for this medically vulnerable and high-risk population; (2) improved compliance with documented treatment plans; and (3)facilitation of partnerships between patients, medical teams, and as appropriate, family members.

Monthly class schedules are available on the left-hand side of this page; just click the link.  If you would like to add your name to our mailing list in order to receive a copy of the health education class schedule at your home or place of business, please call Jeff Crist at 304-414-5917 or email him at jcrist@wvhealthright.org.