Brody health initiative making an impact in churches, other groups

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Multiple grants adding up to $1.5 million has enabled the Brody School of Medicine to reach out to rural communities to try and improve health.

They have taken this initiative into areas where a higher percentage of the population suffers from serious health issues. Church congregations are just one group of people where the message of living a healthier life style and seeking appropriate help is being emphasized.

Those involved said they focused on things like diet, activity level, diabetes, and blood pressure.

The initiative to educate and assign people to work with those in need has been successful.

“We have seen patients that were having a very difficult time navigating the healthcare system become compliant, and be very comfortable with their healthcare needs,” said Laurie Nelson, Director of the Community care Plan of Eastern North Carolina.

The initiative has provided participants in the program with a health coach. Currently, Nelson said they have six life coaches who are assigned 25 patients each. The health coach makes monthly visits to their patients to help improve overall health.

The efforts have been focused in Duplin, Lenoir and Edgecombe Counties. Edgecombe Community College will be the first in the state to have a class to train more health coaches so more patients can be helped.

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