Prevention & Wellness
Prevention & Wellness addresses the health needs and social determinants of health in our rural community through the delivery of evidence-based initiatives. The vision for this program is to improve local wellness education and preventive health services. It is a multi-dimensional program intended to engage and motivate community members to take responsibility for their health by participating in programs that will help them achieve optimal wellness while decreasing unnecessary hospital or emergency room visits and chronic conditions.
MHA is focused on educating our community about chronic conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and opioid addiction/dependency by providing screening events and educational workshops. Presently, MHA offers blood pressure screening events throughout the community every February, May, August, and November. In coming months, cholesterol screening will be added to these events. MHA also offers regular community workshops focused on topics like healthy diet, exercise, mindful breathing, and more.
More recently, MHA received grant funding through AEGIS Treatment Centers to expand Prevention & Wellness services to address the national opioid epidemic on a local level. As a result, MHA formed the Mendonoma Opioid Alliance, which is comprised of multiple organizations and public entities that will work together to deliver more robust prevention resources to the community. With this funding the Alliance will be hosting community education workshops to teach residents about Opioid Use Disorder. In addition, our team will host a speaker’s panel at Point Arena High School. The panel will be stacked with experts from various backgrounds relating to drug use and abuse, treatment, prevention, law enforcement and recovery.
MHA developed drug education and prevention curriculum derived from evidence-based materials provided by the National Institute of Health to deliver to all school-aged youth in the community from sixth through twelfth grade. This curriculum is being taught by MHA’s Community Health Workers to all of the following schools: Point Arena High School, South Coast Continuation School, Arena Elementary School, Manchester Elementary School, Kashia Schoolhouse, and Horicon Elementary School.
To prevent the misuse of prescription medications, MHA provides free medication lock bags to the community. Lock bags are intended to help reduce theft of medications and accidental ingestion by children and animals. MHA has distributed lock bags to Point Arena Pharmacy, Redwood Coast Medical Services (RCMS), Action Network and Coastal Seniors to reach as many residents as possible.
Another way MHA approaches prevention is by teaming with Action Network, RCMS and the Mendocino and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Departments to provide expanded access to drug take-back events in communities along our service area (see our Calendar for scheduled drug take-back events).
Click here to learn more about what screenings we offer and to view our current or upcoming schedule of screenings.
Follow this link for information about upcoming workshops, available to the community free of charge.
Click here to learn more about MHA outreach services and events in Mendonoma.