The Chronic Disease & School Health program is a three
year project which will allow our agency to lead the implementation of
diabetes, heart disease, and obesity prevention strategies and to promote
school health in Will County.
The goals of this project are to:
Promote and reinforce healthful behaviors and
practices across the lifespan related to diabetes, cardiovascular health,
physical activity and healthful foods and beverages to community, worksite,
school, and early childhood education center environments.
- Promote the use of clinical and other preventive
services to address prevention and management of hypertension and diabetes.
- Collaborate with community partners to support
prevention, self-management and control of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.
- Collaborate with clinical partners to improve
medication adherence for adults with high blood pressure and adults with
- Promote self-monitoring of high blood pressure
tied to clinical support.
- Promote referrals to and use of diabetes primary
prevention and self-management education programs.
There are three project areas the Chronic Disease &
School Health Program:
Environmental Approaches that Promote Health
- Implement food service guidelines/nutrition
standards where foods and beverages are available, which address sodium content
in food and beverages
- Create supportive nutrition environments in
Health Systems Intervention
- Increase implementation of the quality
improvement process in health systems
- Increase use of team-based care in health
systems, including the use of electronic health records
Community Clinical Linkages
- Increase use of diabetes self-management
programs in community settings
- Increase use of lifestyle intervention programs
in community settings for primary prevention of type II diabetes
- Increase engagement of community pharmacists in
the provision of medication/self-management for adults with high blood pressure
and adults with diabetes
If you are from a local hospital, early childhood education
center, school, or worksite and are looking to learn more about what your
agency can do to improve the health of your staff or students, please contact
the Chronic Disease & School Health Program at 815-727-8864.
The Documents to Download section (below) includes valuable
resources and tools to aid in chronic disease prevention at hospitals, schools,
early childhood education centers, and worksites.