The Prairie Kitchen at the Badger Prairie Needs Network
Brian Arndt, MD, (on right) prepares a meal with two participants in the Prairie Kitchen Cooking Club.
The DFMCH’s Melissa Stiles, MD, and Brian Arndt, MD, are partnering with the Verona Senior Center, the Badger Prairie Needs Network (BPNN) and local market Hy-Vee to help seniors learn how to prepare nutritional, affordable meals—and learn how good nutrition can help improve their health.
They’ve creating the Prairie Kitchen Cooking Club, a monthly two-hour class for people aged 55 and over from around Dane County. The class kicks off with an introductory nutrition presentation by Dr. Stiles and a Hy-Vee dietician. Participants then prepare a meal together using recipes that work in smaller portions and that use ingredients available at BPNN’s food pantry.
Treating COVID-19 with Chloride
DFMCH Fellow Dr. Maria Mora Pinzon was interviewed by Univision (national news) about the use of chloride to treat coronavirus. (April 28, 2020)
Hmong Community Health Needs Assessment
Kevin Thao, MD, MPH, is partnering with local organizations to improve Hmong health in Wausau.
Hmong physician Kevin Thao, MD, MPH, a faculty member at the DFMCH’s affiliated Wausau Aspirus Family Medicine Residency Program, is partnering with the Aspirus Health Foundation, the B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation and other local organizations to launch the Survey of the Health of the Wausau Area Hmong Population.
The study aims to determine the prevalence of diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease in the Hmong, and identify the extent of and reasons for disease disparities between the Hmong and the general population.
Dr. Thao is also building a coalition of local organizations that are working to improve Hmong health in Wausau.
Community Hot-spotting Partnership
Partners in the CARE project, from left: MFD Division Chief Johnny Winston, Jr.; Dryden Terrace Apartments Service Coordinator Kelsey Eyers; DFMCH faculty Jennifer Edgoose, MD, MPH; MFD Assistant Division Chief Laura Laurenzi, MFD; DFMCH resident Christopher Danford, MD.
DFMCH residents, faculty and staff are collaborating with the Madison Fire Department (MFD), Public Health Madison Dane County, and local neighborhood residents on a pilot outreach project called “CARE: Community Action Resource and Education.”
They’re meeting monthly with residents of the Dryden Terrace apartments, a housing development for seniors and the disabled located near the UW Health Northeast Family Medical Center in Madison. It’s an outgrowth of “hot-spotting” by MFD that identified Dryden Terrace as a focus of disproportionate resource utilization in Madison.
The project is an opportunity for DFMCH, MFD, Public Health Madison Dane County and community members to identify community needs, develop focused outreach services and potentially replicate similar support models at other locations.