Mendonoma Health Alliance

Hello & Welcome!

We are Mendonoma Health Alliance, a local network of health care organizations focused on coordinating, improving, and expanding access to healthcare services in our coastal community.

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Our Mission

MHA's mission is to improve local access to wellness education, prevention services and quality healthcare through creative solutions in collaboration with our community.

Our Vision

Our vision is optimal health and wellness for everyone in our community.

Our Network Statement

"Nestled along a rugged coastline with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, our unique community encompasses a diverse group of small towns strung along 60 miles of the isolated Highway 1 corridor. The Mendonoma community is both resilient and vulnerable; most residents are all too familiar with the price that comes along with this treasured seclusion."

OUR SERVICES

Care Transitions

Care Transitions is an evidence-based program intended to help individuals experience a smooth transition back home after being discharged from the hospital. Our experienced Community Health Workers (CHWs) are linked to a variety of resources and services that ensure that each client has what they need in order to adhere to the directions of their medical team. The one-on-one support provided helps clients remain healthy and comfortably at home while reducing chances of readmission to the hospital. Services are available in Spanish.

Care Transitions is not intended to replace clinical care. Instead, its purpose is to work in collaboration with medical providers to deliver the most robust, wrap-around care possible for clients to become educated, empowered and self-advocates. CHWs can assist with medication adherence, transportation, coordinating follow-up visits, connecting clients with needed services, in-home care management resources (blood pressure cuffs, pill boxes, prescription medication lock bags, Narcan, etc.), and much more.

Care Coordination

MHA’s Care Coordination program is designed to assist clients and their health care providers in organizing the client’s health care needs (appointments, transportation, paperwork, health education, etc.). MHA has a specific focus on addressing Social Determinants of Health. For example, providing resources to reduce food insecurity, basic medical supplies (pill boxes, prescription lock bags, blood pressure monitors, etc.), and other resources relating to economic and social needs. Through this work, MHA Community Health Workers coordinate directly with the client’s medical provider(s)/team, if appropriate, to deliver safer, personalized and effective services.

Educational Workshops

MHA strives to improve access to wellness education and promote quality of life for every person in our community. As part of this goal, MHA offers a variety of free educational workshops to our community. The information delivered during each workshop is presented by an expert in the corresponding topic. MHA also works collaboratively with Redwood Coast Medical Services to host the monthly Healthy Habits.

Note: Healthy Habits has been put on hold temporarily in accordance with the Mendocino County Public Health orders for COVID-19, which indicate that gatherings of larger than 6 are currently not permitted. However, MHA is still providing health education workshops virtually through Zoom.

Healthy Living Course

If you or a loved one has been newly diagnosed with a chronic condition, such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, etc., or if you have been struggling to manage a condition and haven’t found a solution that works best for you, we encourage you to try MHA’s Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions course. This is a six-week educational opportunity that is free to the community and available for people of all ages. The course and materials used throughout the six-week class were developed by Stanford University’s Self-Management Resource Center, where MHA staff trained so that the course can be available locally.

In this course, participants learn skills that are used to set goals, develop health plans and become more comfortable taking charge of their health care. Making lifestyle changes for your health is not easy but with MHA’s help, we hope to make that possible.

Health Screenings

MHA provides free health screenings throughout the MHA Service Area. The types of screenings currently available include blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. Coming soon: Glucose (A1c), Hepatitis C and HIV screenings.

Health screenings can be accessed in two ways:

  1. By dropping by one of our Scheduled Screening locations (no appointment necessary).
  2. By scheduling an appointment at the MHA office located in Gualala.

Community Outreach

Learning from our community and convening resources is something we aim to do at MHA. MHA hosts a variety of outreach events, such as the annual All School Health Fair that convenes dozens of health, safety and emergency organizations in an effort to provide our youth, teachers and parents with educational materials and connections to local resources.

MHA also develops and launches annual Community Health Needs Assessments in order to learn about the community’s most urgent needs relating to health care and life on our isolated coast.

Substance Use Prevention

In MHA’s 2019 Opioid/Substance Use Needs Assessment, it was discovered that an estimated 12% of residents in the Mendonoma Service Area are dependent on one or more substances, with methamphetamines, opioids and alcohol misuse showing the greatest community-wide prevalence. Other research by MHA in 2018 shows that local youth, grades 9 through 12, reported misuse of opioids at four times higher than the national average, as reported by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in 2016.

In response to this data, MHA collaborates with Partner Organizations to provide preventative services that help to educate the community about substance and opioid dependency, while reducing overdose death rates due to accidental ingestion of pain medication or accidental overdose.

Matter of Balance

Each year, three million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. A Matter of Balance is an 8-week class intended to help reduce falls by emphasizing practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels.  MHA’s goal is to educate community members to view falls and fear of falling as controllable. This class is free and provided to individuals 60 years and older. Participants are taught how to set realistic goals to increase activity, how to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn exercises that increase range of motion, strength and balance.

Photo by Michael Beattie

This website and MHA’s programs are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award through the Rural Health Network Development Program totaling $898,645 and through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program totaling $1 million, over a 3-year period, with  80% funded by HRSA/HHS and 20% percentage funded by non-government source(s), such as the Arlene & Michael Rosen Foundation, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the Community Foundation of Mendocino County and tax-deductible contributions from community members. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.

2020 © Mendonoma Health Alliance

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