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Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County receives grant from SLO County

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 11th, 2011

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County has received a $4,945 Preventative Health grant from the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation (SLOCCF). This grant will provide operating support for the Senior Health Screening Program. The Senior Health Screening Program travels to 17 senior-focused sites throughout the county and provides free preventative and maintenance health screening, education and referrals to adults over 50 years of age. Screenings include depression, hemoglobin, blood glucose, cholesterol, full lipid panel, blood pressure, pulse, and weight monitoring. In addition to screenings, seasonal flu vaccines are provided, and one-to-one education regarding diet, exercise, healthy aging, lifestyle modification, reinforcement of medication compliance, appropriate use of hospital emergency rooms, and bereavement issues are provided. Medical, social, legal, and other referrals are made as appropriate. No one is denied access to Senior Health Screening making the program a vital tool for many in the community who have barriers to accessing health care.

Francis, a senior from Atascadero, has benefited from the Senior Health Screening Program for the past three years. Francis has to keep an eye on her blood pressure and she considers Heather Murphy, the Community Action Partnership nurse who manages this program, a key health care advisor and friend. Heather travels to municipalities from Nipomo to Paso Robles each month and provides residents with warm, friendly health care in senior centers, churches and familiar landmarks throughout the county. Francis looks forward to her monthly visit with Heather and wouldn’t know what to do without this accessible health care close to home. Call 544-2484 option 1 with any questions or to schedule a lipid panel.

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo is a nonprofit agency that focuses on helping people and changing lives through serving 43,000 persons across Central and Southern California. We are committed to eliminate poverty by empowering individuals and families to achieve economic self-sufficiency and self-determination through a comprehensive array of community-based programs.

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