Health, Outreach, Prevention & Education (H.O.P.E.)
The mission of the H.O.P.E. Unit is to provide for the holistic, quality, safe and cost-effective delivery of services in a client/family-centered health care setting.
What the H.O.P.E. Unit Can Do For You:
The H.O.P.E. Unit provides health education, WIC and transportation services.
The H.O.P.E. Unit plans, develops, and implements health education programs consistent with the existing needs of the community. Our emphasis is health promotion, and disease prevention.
- Health Education
- Medical Transportation
- WIC - The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children
The goal of the health educator is to plan and implement quality health education programs for the SNHS community. Major emphasis is placed on wellness and health promotion. Health education builds peoples' knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes about health. Health education teaches about physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social health, as well as sexual and reproductive health. It motivates people to improve and maintain their health, prevent disease, and reduce risky behaviors. Presentations are offered to individuals and small or large groups.
Priority is given to patients in need of dialysis or chemotherapy; and is provided once other resources have been determined ineligible. Patients who have Medicaid, will be required to apply for Medicaid transportation. Transportation is available to medical appointments at SHNS. 72 hours advance notice is required. It is the patient/client's responsibility to request transportation.
WIC - The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children
WIC is a federal assistance program which provides supplemental foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding information, and referral to health and social services to eligible pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women; infants; and children up to the age of five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
The foods provided through the WIC Program are designed to supplement participants' diets with specific nutrients. Different foods are provided to each category of participants. WIC foods include infant cereal, iron-fortified adult cereal, vitamin C-rich fruit or vegetable juice, eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter; dried and canned beans/peas, and canned fish.
WIC recognizes and promotes breastfeeding as the optimal source of nutrition for infants. For infants of women who do fully breastfeed, WIC provides iron-fortified infant formula.