Program Goals

M.A.D.E  health and wellness program was designed to complement the Genesee Health Plan that builds the M.A.D.E. Institute’s (MADE) capacity to improve health outcomes for participants in the MADE Life Skills program. The program will build capacity in the M.A.D.E. Life Skills Program by assembling a Health Taskforce to collaborate with Genesee Health Plan staff and local healthcare providers of M.A.D.E. clients to:

  1. Provide basic health assessments for at least 10 program participants
  2. Deliver optimal health education, consultation,advice, and health advocacy for M.A.D.E. clients
  3. Promote and demonstrate actual improvements in health outcomes in ways that patients value
  4. Enhance the ability of MADE staff to advise and direct participants to appropriate resources

MADE will track services provided and outcomes for each participant of the program.

Background

Genesee County ranks at or near the bottom of all counties in Michigan in terms of actual health behaviors and outcomes (2016 Community Health Needs Assessment by the Greater Flint Health Coalition). These issues are especially prevalent among returning citizens. While many returning citizens receive basic services while they are incarcerated, most have no concept of how to navigate the healthcare system, and more importantly, how to develop and maintain healthy habits that address chronic disease states. In addition to returning citizens, MADE also serves youth at risk of incarceration.

Such returning citizens and at-risk youth have a number of well-documented and diverse health challenges that require an integrated team of professionals to improve individual outcomes.

How It Works

MADE has established a  Health Taskforce, that works collaboratively with MADE staff and Genesee Health Plan. The Taskforce’s key tasks will begin with serving participants of MADE’s life skills program and residents of the MADE Transitional House. Services provided to participants in the program will include:

  • Engaging Genesee Health Plan to help participants enroll in an available and affordable health plan.
  • Conducting basic health screenings and consultation to set individual health improvement goals and create action plans.Screenings will focus on common conditions which negatively impact population health (e.g. high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, autoimmune disorders).In many cases if the client is already part of a health system, this in formation will be available given the patient’s permission.
  • Helping participants begin a relationship with a primary care provider and a clinic (e.g. a community health center)
  • Assisting participants in navigating health care coverage
  • Providing fitness and nutrition coaching and development of individualized plans to meet wellness goals
  • Creating individualized wellness plans,consistent with the other phases of MADE’s Life Skills program
  • Regularly seeking feedback from the participants served on the effectiveness of the program and how it meets their needs

Overall, the program will focus on providing convenient,informal, non-judgmental health education and advice to participants,addressing any questions they might have concerning the rationale for disease prevention, individual health issues, rationale for prescribed medications, and providing health advice and counseling help them access the best resources available.

The methodology for serving participants will be a series of group and individual meetings, with individual follow up either via phones or other communication methods of convenience to the clients.

  • Helping participants begin a relationship with a primary care provider and a clinic (e.g. a community health center)
  • Assisting participants in navigating healthcare coverage
  • Providing fitness and nutrition coaching and development of individualized plans to meet wellness goals
  • Creating individualized wellness plans,consistent with the other phases of MADE’s Life Skills program
  • Regularly seeking feedback from the participants served on the effectiveness of the program and how it meets their needs

Overall, the program will focus on providing convenient, informal, non-judgmental health education and advice to participants,addressing any questions they might have concerning the rationale for disease prevention, individual health issues, rationale for prescribed medications, and providing health advice and counseling help them access the best resources available.

The methodology for serving participants will be a series of group and individual meetings, with individual follow up either via phones or other communication methods of convenience to the clients.


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