How To Create An Effective And Sustainable
Digital Health Diabetes Outreach Program
In Your Church
Proper planning is required to create a long lasting and effective health ministry. This guide will give you a 8 week countdown format to use to launch your health program.
This is simply a guide as your expertise, resources and church size will dictate your own schedule.
LEADERSHIP BUY IN
The most successful programs are those that have complete buy in from the top leadership down.
Form a health committee of at least three members
The entire committee should download app to get familiarized
Set macro goals for your participants
Some goals to consider are medication adherence, glucose testing, weight loss, etc.
There needs to be a quarterback serving as the point person of the program. Some churches are fortunate enough to have a medical professional volunteer, but other churches are perfectly fine appointing a capable and passionate volunteer.
Designate a member of the committee as the Program Manager who will also liasion with Hico Health
Program Manager will get DashBoard portal credentials and training
It will be advantageous to dedicate space to the program. Whether its a room or a table and chair.
Decide on suitable space - will there be a weekly face to face or open forum discussion?
Where will computer be located?
NOTE: In the distancing guidelines during Covid19, this can be adjusted
You are now in the second stage of prep work.
Pick a start date - at least one month out
Decide on how large your pilot class will be; at least 5, no more than 30
Collect baseline data. Will you need to purchase a scale or blood pressure machine?
It's time to announce the program to the congregation.
Distribute the program announcement flyer (provided)
Announce next week will be Q&A.
This time is dedicated to answer Q&A (provided)
Handout # 1
Announce next week is sign up and app download
Start signing up participants.
Advanced: Set up participants with Zoom app
Its time to get the class started! This is the time to have all participants download the app.
Have an assistant ready to help with any download issues
Announce that they are to download and watch Video # 1
All members of the committee should start the class in their apps as well so as to follow along with the class
See you at the end!
Class is over. It's day 90 of the virtual class. Now is the time to engage in post program evaluation andactivities.
Record all any post class metrics; weight, blood pressure, etc.
Record class evaluation survey
Dacia Bryant - Founder
Chief Health Officer
Diabetes Care & Education Specialist