The Women’s Access to Care and Healing program, funded by a grant through the Missouri Foundation for Health, is a collaborative effort with the St. Louis YWCA Regional Sexual Assault Center. It is intended to provide assistance, care, counseling and referrals to women identified at CHIPS as victims of intimate partner violence and to provide a health care home to any women identified in the community as having no health insurance coverage and having experienced sexual assault or partner violence, and referred to CHIPS for care.
CHIPS is a leader in the metro St. Louis area in community health outreach screenings and education. CHIPS community health nurses and outreach workers use a standard screening protocol and perform at least 5 different screenings (blood pressure, blood sugar, height, weight, BMI) and assess participants’ access to and use of health care services. CHIPS' community health nurses refer participants to services and follow up on any participant whose screening tests are out of normal range. CHIPS' community health nurses and professional volunteers provide education and counseling and materials for supporting the education clients receive.
ALLIED HEALTH STUDENT INTERNSHIPS
CHIPS' clinical staff provide mentoring and precepting for a variety of professional and allied health students. University affiliations include:
Washington University Medical School and
Occupational Therapy Program
St. Louis University
St. Louis University School of Nursing and School of
University of Missouri – St. Louis School of Nursing
Chamberlain School of Nursing
Goldfarb School of Nursing
Harris-Stowe Upward Bound Program
Logan University- College of Chiropractic and College
of Health Sciences
various area high schools, and others on request.
DIABETIC SUPPORT GROUP
CHIPS’ Diabetic Support Group has been meeting for over 8 years. People of all ages diagnosed with diabetes come together to talk about how they manage their diabetes, ask for help from each other, offer support to one another and enjoy the company of people who are living, working, and thriving. The group meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays to share a light meal at 6:00 p.m. followed by a program that offers education, support, friendship and fun to anyone and their family members affected by diabetes.
Community Youth Leaders United for Better Health is a peer health education and youth leadership development program that utilizes the performing arts to teach. The CLUB CHIPS after-school and summer program annually trains 10-12 Peer Health Educators, ages 14-18, who present original creative health education presentations, vignettes and workshops to audiences of several hundred children and adults per year. They promote awareness of health and wellness issues, increase health literacy and promote healthy lifestyles.