Creating A Volunteer Education Initiative for Older Adults' Health
Improving the health and lives of older adults – particularly those with multiple chronic health conditions – is a goal shared by a wide range of health systems stakeholders. Each stakeholder has a vital part to play in pursuing this goal. Still, the engagement and participation of older adults themselves and the community organizations that are part of their lives are essential for achieving lasting change.
This guide provides a case study for community-based organizations interested in developing a volunteer-driven program to empower older adults to manage their health through community engagement and education. It provides an overview of how to plan, design, and implement a Volunteer Health Corps, and includes practical tips and strategies.
Bronx Health Corps: A Case Study
The Bronx Health Corps, a volunteer health corps, was created by HIGN to address gaps in healthcare by working with community stakeholders, and older adults to build an infrastructure to educate and empower individuals to take care of their health in community-based settings. Local volunteers were recruited to deliver trainings to older adults on a series of health workshops intended to increase knowledge and activate behavior changes. The materials on health promotion, disease prevention, and management of chronic diseases supplement the information received from primary care providers, building networks within the community that supports wellness, care coordination, patient and family-centered health care for older adults.
The Bronx Health Corps trained 175 volunteers, educated over 2,000 unique older adults, with a total attendance of over 5,000.
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