Online Program

Campeones de la Salud: An integrated care program for at-risk children with diabetes

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Vanessa Aspericueta, FNP, Santa Rosa Community Health Center (SRCHC), Santa Rosa, CA
Katie Lewis, Direct Relief, Goleta, CA
Santa Rosa Community Health Centers (SRCHC) care for more than 41,000 patients annually, 85 percent of whom earn an income less than 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.  More than 85 percent of the patients served are Latinos and SRCHC’s staff is almost exclusively bilingual in Spanish. 

This presentation will walk through the characteristics, challenges, and outcomes of SRCHC’s Campeones de la Salud program. This program helps at-risk children with high body mass index (BMI) and their families develop healthy lifestyle habits, with the goal of preventing obesity and Type 2 diabetes. This is accomplished through engaging the entire family in 10 two-hour weekly sessions aimed at behavioral change. Activities include music, exercise, stress reduction, food demonstrations, nutrition counseling, and family counseling and are led by local community staff leaders. 

The program has demonstrated high interest and engagement with its participants, with a 98 percent referral rate from patients to other patients and family members. The program is customized for SRCHC’s patient population and is modeled on evidenced-based programs that have demonstrated family-based weight management strategies.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe the components of a successful integrated care program for chronic diseases aimed at youth. List examples of participatory activities for family-based weight management strategies. Explain the importance of cultural competency in patient care.

Keyword(s): Diabetes, Community Health Centers

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the lead clinician for the Super Campeones de la Salud program which aims to reduce the co-morbidities associated with obesity in children. I have been instrumental in the development of the program by helping families learn healthy lifestyles in order to prevent diabetes and other co-morbidities of obesity. I focus on highlighting the pivotal role of the family unit in forming a strong foundation of healthy living.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.