SPECIALTY CARE

1. Nutrition

2. Health Education

3. Diabetic Care Program

4. Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP)

5. Behavioral Health Services

1. Nutrition

The Health Educator teaches patients about various topics that impact our health. Available onsite for immediate referral, for individual education or scheduled group classes. Patients are referred to the Nutritionist by ACHC care providers. The health educator provides education about nutrition and exercise and assesses the patients diet/habits and also assesses the CPSP patients.
We strive to promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health by helping individuals and communitites adopt healthy behaviors. All ACHC patients are eligible to recieve health education services on topics such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and family planning methods.

2. Health Education

  1. The Health Educator is available onsite for immediate referrals and scheduled appointments.
  2. Individual health education counseling is provided as needed to discuss chronic conditions, birth control methods and sexually transmitted infections.
  3. Group classes are offered on a monthly basis on topics such as Weight Management, Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, Hepatitis C and Pesticide training.These classes are open to the public.

Health Education Services

The Nutritionist will assess and discuss your eating and exercise habits, and, when needed, will provide you with information to improve your health through changes in diet and exercise. Appointments with the nutritionist are scheduled on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Call your desired location for more information and to make appointments.

Providers Involved:

  • Physicians manage overall health care.
  • The Case Manager tracks your status in the care plan.
  • The Nutritionist assists in meal planning, exercise planning and  weight management.
  • The Health Educator provides education, materials and implementation of an exercise program.
  • Behavior Health helps with self-management goals.
  • Specialists (Dentist, Podiatrist, Optometrist, and others if needed).

When an uninsured  patient enrolls in the program they will receive their first annual visit with the Dentist and Podiatrist at no charge. The visits with the Case Manager, Nutritionist, Health Educator, and Health Care Counselors (Behavior Health) are also provided to established ACHC patients at no cost.

3. Diabetic Care Program

A Case Manager creates a Care Plan for patients and schedules appointments with other members of the healthcare team. She is available onsite for immediate referral.

This program is designed to help improve a patient’s health care by following several steps. Appropriate tools and resources are provided to guide you through the program.

Our goal is to help you:

  1. Manage your Diabetes.
  2. Take control of your Diabetes, and
  3. Help prevent future health problems that can be caused by Diabetes.

 

4. Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP):

Female patients with postive pregnancy tests are referred to the CPSP program. Visits consist of education and information, (nutrition, psychosocial assessments, and educational videos), that are  designed to improve the health of mom and baby!

Breastfeeding Policy Statement

Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program

Through the CPSP program, Medi-Cal-eligible pregnant women receive comprehensive services including prenatal care, health education, nutrition services, and psychosocial support during pregnancy and for up to 60 days after delivery.
All clients receive routine perinatal medical, nutrition, health education and psychosocial services on site, as well as pediatric, family planning, and dental services. The women are also referred to Kings County WIC nutrition program nearby.  At 32-weeks, clients are referred to either Healthy Beginnings, Hanford Community Medical Center, or Fresno Women’s Health Center for interpartum care and delivery.

5. Behavioral Health

Counselors work with doctors to help patients experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic abuse, obesity, smoking, diabetes and other issues; often at the visit with your doctor.

The Behavioral Health Consultation Services with our Health Counselors is a program being made available to patients within the Avenal Clinic as a part of overall quality health care. The purpose of this service is to offer assistance when habits, behaviors, stress, worry or other life problems are interfering with your health and daily life. All ACHC patients are eligible for these services.

Primary Care Behavioral Health Consultation Services (BHC)

What kinds of problems can a counselor help you with?

Health Counselors can help reduce symptoms associated with various chronic medical conditions or help you cope better with these conditions, such as migraine and tension headaches, fibromyalgia, diabetes, asthma, COPD, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.
 Health Counselors can help develop plans for behavioral change programs that focus on smoking cessation, weight loss, alcohol use, exercise or other lifestyle modifications.
Health Counselors can also help with emotional or behavioral problems such as family or relationship difficulties, excess stress, bereavement, depression, anxiety, or anger problems.