Mendonoma Health Alliance'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 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."
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.
Mendonoma Health Alliance’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.). Mendonoma Health Alliance 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, Mendonoma Health Alliance Community Health Workers coordinate directly with the client’s medical provider(s)/team, if appropriate, to deliver safer, personalized and effective services.
Mendonoma Health Alliance strives to improve access to wellness education and promote quality of life for every person in our community. As part of this goal, Mendonoma Health Alliance 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. Mendonoma Health Alliance 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, Mendonoma Health Alliance 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 Mendonoma Health Alliance’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 Mendonoma Health Alliance 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 Mendonoma Health Alliance’s help, we hope to make that possible.
Mendonoma Health Alliance provides free health screenings throughout the Mendonoma Health Alliance 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:
- By dropping by one of our Scheduled Screening locations (COVID-19 Update: Appointments are required).
- By scheduling an appointment at the MHA office located in Gualala.
Learning from our community and convening resources is something we aim to do at Mendonoma Health Alliance. Mendonoma Health Alliance 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.
Mendonoma Health Alliance 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 Mendonoma Health Alliance’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 Mendonoma Health Alliance 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, Mendonoma Health Alliance 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. Mendonoma Health Alliance’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.
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The staff are courteous and respectful, respond quickly, and connected us to needed resources immediately. Care Transition Client, July...
Thank you for helping our family during this bad pandemic. Thank you for the certificate to buy some food. ...
Wonderful teachers. Engaging conversations. Great curriculum. Lots of extras. It was a very life-changing experience. Thank you for all...
I mainly took the class to cultivate and sustain healthy habits to control diabetes and blood pressure and reduce...
The calls from the Community Health Worker were timely and wonderfully supportive. I felt safe to express my sense...
Living in beautiful Northern California, one can forget that our community suffers from the same challenges that the rest...
This website and Mendonoma Health Alliance’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.