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Building Partnerships to Address Root Causes of Poverty - Re
Older adult residents and adults with disabilities who reside at Reading Housing Authority (RHA) are at increased risk of premature displacement from their homes due to limited access to resources that support overall health and wellness. The population demonstrates reduced knowledge and application of self-care strategies, especially related to diet, exercise, behavioral health and disease management. In response to this need, RHA has implemented a Wellness Program that provides individual health assessments, group screenings, non-emergent basic care, and coordination of mainstream resources. Although program participants have identified a desire for an increased number of group education and activities related to health and wellness, RHA lacks the resources to expand its current service array to meet this need. On average, 200 residents per month from 7 public housing developments participate in this voluntary program, and 1,166 unduplicated persons have been served to date. In addition, and as noted above, the RHA Wellness Program currently serves only older adults and adults with disabilities, and therefore does not provide services to most of the agency's low-income individuals and families who reside in the agency's two general occupancy public housing developments. While this population (n = 2,104) is believed to be equally disenfranchised by mainstream health and wellness services, RHA lacks the resources to expand its present model of services to this population. The proposed project will increase Wellness Program participants' knowledge and application of self-care strategies by expanding a program that emphasizes diet and nutrition; exercise for individuals of all levels of fitness and ability; and emotional well-being, self-esteem and a sense of connectedness to the larger community. The project will be replicated for additional developments in order to serve low-income adults and children.
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Member Duties : Adapt and expand health promotion programs serving public housing residents in Reading, PA. The VISTA will revise curricula, recruit community leaders, schedule classes, and develop partnerships with community organizations.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time . 
Service Areas :
Health . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Public Health ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Building Partnerships to Address Root Causes of Poverty - Re

Program Start/End Date
11/23/2013  -   11/22/2014

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Associates degree (AA)

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations PENNSYLVANIA   Philadelphia/Wilmington/Atlantic City  


Accepting Applications
From  08/23/2013  To  10/15/2013 

Contact Alex Lehr
260 S Broad St
Philadelphia   PA   19102
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 51926