Backus launches Health Community initiative in Sprague
June 3, 2013
The William W. Backus Hospital hosted a kick-off for its first-ever “Healthy Community” initiative on Friday, May 31 at the Sprague Community Center to improve the population’s health.
Geared towards residents of Baltic and Sprague, the initiative was developed based on data that showed a high number of visits to the Backus Emergency Department by residents of Baltic for health issues that were not necessarily emergencies.
The program featured a variety of health-related booths and activities, including demonstrations in karate and yoga, healthy snack sampling, and information from Backus Hospital, Generations Family Health Center, Sprague Community Center, Sprague Senior Center, Thames Valley Council for Community Action, United Community & Family Services, and the Uncas Health District.
Tours of the new Backus CareVan, a medical center on wheels, were also available, as well as door prize drawings for bicycles and helmets, CT Tigers tickets and fun baskets.
The first educational program will take place on Tuesday, June 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. as pulmonologist, Setu Vora, MD, talks about asthma and answers the community’s questions. Asthma control tests will also be available. Registration is required by calling (860) 889-8331, ext. 6381.
The kick-off was an introduction to a long-term initiative aimed at improving overall health in the community by offering a comprehensive schedule of health screenings, educational programs, primary care access, support services and more. It’s part of a continuing effort by Backus to provide health care when and where it is needed most, before people end up in the ER or hospitalized.
For more information about the Healthy Community program, contact Community Health Education Nurses Alice Facente at (860) 425-8739 or Lisa Cook at (860) 425-8745.