Health Education Programs

VMSN Patient Education Programs

Diabetes, Prevention and Treatment
Adults patients at VMSN suffer from diabetes at a rate nearly twice that of the general U.S. population. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to vision loss, kidney failure, heart attack, and the risk of amputations, which makes screening for the disease a critical component of preventive care. VMSN screens all at-risk patients, provides pre-diabetes counseling, and ongoing treatment for those affected by the disease.

Cardiovascular Education, Prevention, and Treatment
Low socioeconomic status is shown to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). In fact, your zip code may be more important to your health than any other factor. VMSN patients are 100% low-income and under-served which is why screening for CVD is so critical in our clinics. By providing regular primary and cardiology care for these patients, VMSN not only reduces their risk of premature death, but reduces reliance on emergency services in our local hospitals.

Better Breathing: Pulmonary Program
VMSN Patients who have a history of asthma, tobacco use, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are screened by respiratory therapists, and evaluated by a VMSN allergist/asthma specialist and cardiologist. Since chronic lower respiratory disease is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., the benefits of our Pulmonary Program to the health of our community are enormous.

PATH: Positive Actions Toward Health
PATH is a 6-week series of educational classes that help patients take control of their life and replace unhealthy habits with new, healthier ones.  Participants learn options for improving nutrition, increasing fitness levels, developing better sleep habits and using stress management techniques—all of which leads to a healthier, happier life.  PATH is offered in English and Spanish.