Along with serving our uninsured community members, Medina Community Clinic has been eager to take a role in educating the Greater Trenton area community. We piloted our health education mission at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) in late May, collaborating with their team to present a biweekly series called, “Heart Healthy Eating.” Each session, scheduled for alternating Thursdays, is a 30-40 minute discussion and interactive conversation between the Medina Clinic team and the participants. Sessions are led by our patient care navigator, Judith Hamilton, and our program coordinator, Sameen Butt, who engage the crowd with tidbits of information regarding common illnesses in low-income, and impoverished communities — namely, hypertension, diabetes, and elevated cholesterol. While munching on some healthy snacks provided by the Medina Clinic team, participants engage in dialogue, sharing their personal stories, triumphs over health, and questioning how to improve their quality of life. With her certificates as a Level 1 and Level 2 Patient Educator from the American Association of Diabetes Educators and Stanford University, Judith Hamilton meshes her diabetic education with her experience as a diabetic and cardiac patient to simplify the complexities of health to a layman’s competency and ensure comprehension. Since we initiated this program, we have spoken on many topics, such as label reading, effects of high sodium intake, and consistently speak on healthy modifications towards overall improved health.
If you are a certified patient educator or a nutritionist and are interested in joining our effort in health and nutritional education, please contact our program coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 609-273-9488.