Health & Wellness Program
The Health and Wellness program was created in 2010 with grants from the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region’s Arnold Cogswell Fund and the CVS Foundation. The program is based out of the Drop-In Center and serves those with limited or no access to the mainstream healthcare system.
Program Coordinator, Kathie Phelan, R.N., conducts health related workshops, provides one-on-one assistance to conduct blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings, referrals for ongoing care, and collaborates with healthcare professionals to provide educational information and individual assistance. Since the program began in 2009, approximately 126 individuals have accessed these services as well as onsite flu vaccine and tuberculosis testing clinics. In addition, Kathie has facilitated monthly workshops on various aspects of healthy living including: prevention of infections and communicable diseases; healthy eating; TB prevention; diabetes awareness and frostbite prevention. Also, as part of the Health and Wellness Program, a “Biggest Winner” weight loss competition and a smoking cessation program have been held for both clients and staff.