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Health Education and Outreach
The Health Education and Outreach (HEO) Department at TCC is made up of a dedicated team of Community Health Workers, Volunteer Promotores (Health Promoters) and health education and behavioral change specialists. In HEO, we strive to partner with our community to provide the most culturally and linguistically appropriate health education and promotion on the topics that are most relevant to out patients and our community at large. We also work very closely with our patients to help them make healthy lifestyle changes when they are ready to make them.
HEO team members are located at all eight of our clinic sites, while also working our in the community and in some cases, visiting our patients in their homes. HEO team members are available during normal clinic hours Monday through Friday as part of our Community Health Home multidisciplinary care team, participate in community events doing outreach and health promotion the weekends and evenings.
HEO provides a multitude of programs that complement and enrich the high quality health care services TCC provides, by helping and encouraging patients to be activated and informed when interacting with their provider, as well as offering no-cost health promotion and outreach opportunities to community at large. Click on each program below to learn more!
TCC’s New and Continuing Programs
Building Healthy Communities Initiative
Central Long Beach is the focus of a strategic investment by The California Endowment over the next ten years. The project will address the root causes and systems that impact the health of children and youth in low-income communities and will link community-level success to a broader statewide policy and advocacy agenda. TCC Asthma Programs This program is dedicated to reduce poor health outcomes among patients with asthma, through education, home visits and clinic quality improvement. The Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma (LBACA) is a community group founded by TCC’s CEO that has brought these same interventions to other health providers and the community. TCC also leads a Coalition with St. John’s Well Child & Family Center and LBACA providing similar services to address asthma in communities impacted by oil refineries.
Long Beach Alliance for Food and Fitness (LBAFF)
LBAFF is dedicated to creating a community that supports increasing access to quality, affordable healthy food and promoting an environment that supports healthy food choices; increasing access to and utilization of physical activity opportunities; and promoting an environment that supports active living among low-income children. UCLA Early Developmental Screening Initiative A partnership with health care and early intervention/education providers to improve early recognition of young children with developmental or behavioral concerns.
Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
TCC is participating in LA Care’s Patient Centered Medical Home two-year pilot program, which provides technical assistance, and evaluation to transform health care practices into patient centered medical homes.
Healthy Tomorrows is a Mental Health Partnership for Children Project to improve children’s mental health through screening, convening mental health partners in the community, training clinic staff, and a Mental Health Social Worker who links children to mental health providers in the community for services.
Community Partners Council (CPC) and Hamilton United Parents in Action (HUPA)
Two grass-roots, community groups supported by TCC that engages parents and community members in leadership development, advocacy, health promotion, and provides classes to promote healthy lifestyles and to prevent isolation.
Vasek Polak Healthy Lifestyles Program
A program designed to promote achievable lifestyle changes to mitigate the impact of obesity through educational materials, referrals to partnering programs, and a community garden and fitness classes at Cesar Chavez Elementary School. TCC also has an Employee Wellness Program that promotes healthy potlucks, exercise programs and stress management education that will then enable staff to provide improved healthy life programs for their patients. Community Health Worker (CHW) Program Specially-trained Community Health Workers (CHW’s) provide on-site and in-home, culturally appropriate health education, assistance with care coordination, chronic disease management education classes and one-on-one consultations.
Diabetes Education Program
This initiative aims to identify uncontrolled adult diabetes patients and refer them to a care coordinator who provides culturally-competent case management and education on nutrition, exercise, medications, disease measures and compliance.
Kaiser Specialty Care Initiative
TCC leads a coalition (including other clinics and a public hospital) to improve access to specialty care for the underserved and uninsured.
Medical Legal Partnership Program
TCC’s new Medical Legal Partnership program provides our patients with access to needed legal services and advocacy.
Reach Out and Read
A program that provides literacy promotion to children and their families and includes volunteers reading to children in clinic lobby and book giveaways.
Residency Program and Internships
TCC is an educational site for residents from UC Irvine Medical School, nursing students, youth workers, and masters-level social work students.