TriCounty Health Department Health Promotion team is working alongside Mountainlands Family Health Center to help the community be the healthiest it can be, from diabetic care, mental health care to tobacco cessation.

Over the past five years, Million Hearts Coalition has awarded money to implement efforts for healthy hearts and healthy living.

Health Educators at TriCounty Health Department, Katie Lucio and Sierra Jensen, visited with Clinic Manager at Mountainlands Family Health Center, Alicia Wilkins, to discuss the award, Million Hearts Excellence in Blood Pressure, bronze, from the Million Hearts Coalition.

Wilkins said she was pleased to be involved, and the initiative for tobacco cessation and healthy blood pressure over the past year has helped her clinic be focused on excellence.

“We are pleased to be involved and be part of a great initiative,” Wilkins said.

According to Lucio, this year, the initiative can cover anything the clinic needs or wants to improve on, including but not limited to, mental heath, diabetes, referrals and continuing work with blood pressure and tobacco cessation.

Wilkins said the tobacco cessation portion of the initiative was highly successful in the dental clinic and the blood pressure initiative was successful in the medical clinic due to blood pressure testing being a part of most visits.

Wilkins looks forward to a new year and new initiative to focus on diabetic care and prevention, including early detection and education.

You can contact Mountainlands at 435-789-2024 or www.mountainlands.org. TriCounty Health Department Health Educators are available at 435-247-1177.

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