Investment in programs that provide access to health and wellness services for all ages. These services include physical and dental health, preventative health care, and wellness education.
The YMCA of Greater Omaha offers swimming lessons for all ages, family swim sessions, competitive swimming and adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs. The youth aquatics program teaches important life-saving and water safety skills, with classes designed to introduce youth to swimming in a safe and fun environment.
All too frequently adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities demonstrate a decline in social skills and an increase in social isolation, away from friends and the community at large. The Next Chapter Book Club offers an opportunity to practice and learn the social skills necessary to successfully navigate in the community. Trained facilitators model conversational skills and club members practice these skills by actively participating in discussions about select books. The participants become more confident in their communication abilities and it has been reported by facilitators and parents that club members have been able to generalize and use these skills to access and interact in their community.
The mobile dental clinic is a partnership between Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. and OneWorld Community Health Center, which provides dental exams and treatment at no cost to low-income at risk children who would not otherwise receive care. The pediatric mobile dental clinic is a "full service mobile dental clinic on wheels" which serves Northeast and Northwest Omaha. The vehicle is equipped with a wheelchair lift, two patient examination rooms, a reception area, and heating and cooling systems to enable year-round care.
The Community Clinics Care program provides access and basic health care for Omaha children living at risk for or in poverty with limited or no access to health care because they are uninsured. Through this program, OneWorld provides wellness exams that include immunizations plus lead, vision and developmental screenings. OneWorld screens older children for depression, sexually transmitted infections, and alcohol, drug and tobacco use.
The Health Supportive Services Program provides critical case management and financial assistance to patients at risk for or living in poverty with chronic conditions and diseases such as diabetes, latent tuberculosis, hypertension, asthma, depression, STDs, HIV and cancer. Patients receive ongoing support for behavior change around chronic disease. As needed, program connects patients with specialty care.
The VNA Home Health Aide program provides an array of in-home services to individuals residing in Omaha, surrounding areas and portions of western Iowa including Pottawattamie County. Assistance with personal care and homemaking is provided to vulnerable individuals who require assistance improving and maintaining their safety, wellness and independence so they can remain in their homes. Services are provided to those in need regardless of their complexity of care or ability to pay and may include assistance with daily living activities such as bathing, simple meal preparation, errands, basic homemaking chores and laundry.
The VNA Home Health Care program provides in-home health care services in Omaha, surrounding areas and portions of western Iowa. Services are physician-directed and provided to individuals with acute or chronic illness or injury who are without the financial resources to obtain care on their own. The Home Care team is multidisciplinary, consisting of Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Registered Dietitians, Social Workers, Home Health Aides, all working together to meet the client’s full spectrum of need.
The International Center Health Education program helps recent refugee and immigrant families to find and navigate health services, social services and other resources in Omaha. OneWorld partners with Lutheran Family Services to offer this program at the International Center of the Heartland at the Center Mall at 42nd and Center Streets in Omaha and throughout Douglas County. At this central location, multiple agencies provide social services to refugees and immigrants. The program relies heavily on health promotion conducted by an experienced Community Health Educator Registered Nurse (RN) who provides outreach, assessment and referrals.
The VNA Maternal and Infant Home Health Care program provides nursing, social work and supportive services to enhance health and quality of life for low income women, children and families in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties. Nurses provide physician directed home visits to women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, to mothers and infants soon after birth to evaluate health status and review infant care and safety, and to children after acute illness or injury.
OneWorld proposes the expansion of its promotora program from Sarpy and Dodge Counties into Douglas County. Promotoras have proven to be effective at increasing health care access and disease prevention within minority populations in Sarpy and Dodge Counties where OneWorld currently employs and supports volunteer promotoras. Promotoras are community health workers who impact health outcomes for minorities by increasing their access to and use of health care while promoting disease prevention.