Healthy Living Cape Cod History
HEALTHY LIVING CAPE COD began in 2012. It grew out of a vision and passion that was driven by Katherine Wernier. Katherine’s vision was to provide healthy living; healthy aging programs to all Cape Cod residents and to have these programs led by local leaders and trainers. In September 2012 Katherine organized an informational meeting with the Healthy Living Center of Excellence, who is the lead agency for the Statewide Disease Management Coalition. From this meeting came a leader training held in October 2012, Healthy Living Cape Cod was formed. 18 local community leaders were trained in the Chronic Disease Self-Management workshop and began providing this workshop in the community. The first was provided at the Harwich Senior Center, followed by the Orleans Senior Center. In the first year of development from 2012-2013,4 Chronic Disease Self-Management workshops were presented with 36 participants completing, 2 individuals were trained as Master Trainers to allow for local sustainability in training local leaders and 9 more leaders were trained. In 2014 Healthy Living Cape Cod became one of the community based partners in the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund Grant. This Grant has enabled Healthy Living Cape Cod to strengthen its resources and reach a greater Cape Cod population through partnerships with Community Health Centers. The Grant was in effect from 2014 through 2018 (June). By the end of the grant period, Healthy Living Cape Cod had added additional evidence-based workshops and exercise programs,
Today, Healthy Living Cape Cod is a coalition of two community agencies, Elder Service of Cape Cod and Islands and Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod. Providing multiple healthy living evidence based workshops and exercise programs through partnerships with senior centers and community centers. Healthy Living Cape Cod has and is fulfilling Katherine Wernier’s vision. Katherine died in March 2014, but her passion to bring healthy living, healthy aging programs to all Cape Cod residents lives on today and will continue.
HEALTHY LIVING CAPE COD FACT SHEET
Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod and Elder Services of Cape Cod and Islands working together to bring healthy living evidence-based programs to the community.
Partner with Healthy Living Center of Excellence: founded and led by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and Hebrew SeniorLife. Lead agency and holds the Massachusetts State License for the Self-Management Resource Center (SMRC) evidence based workshops (formally Stanford University).
MA Statewide Disease Management Coalition consisting of seven (7) regional coalitions. Healthy Living Cape Cod is one of those coalitions and holds an active MOU to utilize the license and provide the healthy living evidence based programs.
Healthy Living Cape Cod participates in seminars, trainings, coalition meetings, grant opportunities and data sharing with the Healthy Living Center of Excellence.
Healthy Living Cape Cod has built the capacity to provide both workshops and leader trainings locally. The leadership staff is employed by the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod (Mary Devlin, Public Health and Wellness VNACC) and Elder Services of Cape Cod and Islands (Ellen McDonough, Clinical Director of ESCCI)
Gina Battles, Healthy Living Cape Cod Coordinator for the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod. She is a Master Trainer in Chronic Disease Self-Management, Chronic Pain Self-Management, Workplace Chronic Disease Self-Management and Matter of Balance. She is also a Tai Chi leader and Yoga instructor
Meg Payne, Public Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod. She is a Master Trainer in Fit and Strong and Matter of Balance. She is also a Wellness Health Coach, Aromatherapy Educator, and a leader for Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop.
Healthy Living Cape Cod consists of 3 Master Trainers; 14 Trained Leaders in: Chronic Disease Self-Management ; Workplace Chronic Disease Self-Management; Chronic Pain Self-Management; Diabetes Self-Management; Matter of Balance; Fit and Strong; Powerful Tools for Caregivers; Savvy Caregiver; Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults and 3 leaders who lead Chronic Disease Self-Management and A Matter of Balance in the Portuguese language.