Health Education and Outreach are integral to the Tri-City Health Center mission of disease prevention and management. TCHC health educators encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness throughout the local community, with the goal of disease prevention and holistic wellness. TCHC offers a wide spectrum of education topics, including chronic disease management, dental health, HIV, family planning, and women’s health.
Health education services are a variety of learning experiences designed to help individuals improve their health. At a minimum, these services include education regarding the availability and appropriate use of health services. Services may include primary prevention and/or targeted education on self-managed care and other health promoting behaviors for patients with identified risk factors or conditions (e.g., tobacco cessation). These services may also include education on injury prevention and unique needs and risks of special populations (e.g., education to prevent common exposures experienced by migratory and/or seasonal agricultural workers).
Outreach services are a broad range of culturally and linguistically appropriate activities focused on recruiting and retaining patients from the target population/service area. At a minimum, these services must promote awareness of the health center’s services and support entry into care. These services do not involve direct patient care where a provider is generating a face-to-face visit with a patient, documenting the care in a patient medical record, or exercising clinical judgment in the provision of services to a patient.