Healing Hearts @ Home
Better food, better health
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GRRO Healing Hearts @ Home Mobile Medical Clinic
GRRO has acquired and launched our GRRO Wellness on Wheels Mobile Medical Clinic, a 33 foot RV that is designed to serve historically marginalized populations in our rural communities. We began our mission by piloting a series of COVID-19 Testing Events that attracted an average of 100+ people to each of our community events. People received education, PPE & food boxes as an incentive for getting tested.
Our mission during this next phase of the Coronavirus fight is to provide access to COVID-related pre-testing and vaccinations to people who have difficulty accessing these services. The Wellness on Wheels Mobile Medical Clinic began conducting mobile COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Clinics in March of 2021, partnering with community organizations, faith communities, health departments and municipalities.
The residents of our 5-County area in North Carolina are in the middle of a series of chronic disease epidemics that include certain cancers, diseases of the heart, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, high cholesterol, diseases of the kidneys and obesity. Significantly, these chronic diseases can be treated, and their impact reduced by improving food access and changing unhealthy eating habits.
"The causes of the main chronic disease epidemics are... well known. The most important modifiable risk factors are: unhealthy diet and excessive energy intake..." -The World Health Organization
Our Food Rx program is designed to help people learn how to use fresh, healthy foods in their diets to manage certain chronic diseases-high blood pressure, type II diabetes, diseases of the kidneys, heart disease, certain cancers and obesity. Our program has provided over 800 healthy meals to people who needed nutritional support in their health support systems. Additionally, the Food Rx program was a premier food distribution partner in the NC DHHS / Duke COVID-19 Social Support Program, delivering some 1,700 healthy food boxes in a 6-month period to people who were directly impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic.
"What people eat can be medicine or poison…As a physician, nutrition is one of the most powerful things you can change to reverse the effects of chronic disease."
-Dr. Brenda Rea
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
We have also partnered with local healthcare providers to create a referral program for their patients that can benefit from improving their food choices as part of their healthcare strategies. Patients from participating medical practices can access:
Weekly supply of fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruit, honey, chicken, and eggs delivered to their medical office via our refrigerated mobile farmers market
Tasting events where they can try healthy dishes
Free recipes for healthy dishes to try at home
Free line dancing, Zumba, Yoga and other physical activity classes
Community Health Workers & Peer Support Specialists
Community health workers (CHWs) are frontline public health workers who have a close understanding of the community they serve. This connection to the community enables them to serve as a liaisons between health and social support services and community members. CHWs work to facilitate community members' access to services and to improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery by the agencies and organizations.
GRRO has a team of trained Community Health Workers deployed across 8 North Carolina Counties: Granville, Nash, Durham, Franklin, Vance, Wake and Warren.
"The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital."
-Dr. Mark Hyman
American Physician, Author
Many members of the CHW Team are trained/certified Peer Support Specialists. Peer Support Specialists help to advance recovery and add value to behavioral health systems shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment. Peer Support Specialists help people become and stay engaged in their recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. Peer support services can effectively extend the reach of mental health treatment into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process.
Peer support offers a level of acceptance, understanding, and validation, which are often not found in many other professional treatment relationships. By sharing their own lived experience and practical guidance, Peer Support Specialists help people to develop their own goals, create strategies for self-empowerment, and take concrete steps towards building fulfilling, self-determined lives for themselves.