From Soup to Nuts Healthcare for YVFWC Patients
YVFWC’s Patient-Centered Model expanded with teaching kitchen
TOPPENISH –Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) Nutrition Services is unveiling its teaching kitchen in Toppenish in the coming weeks.
“Right now we are finalizing the kitchen, trying our recipes out with staff and making sure we have all the equipment we need,” Teaching Kitchen Coordinator Flor Flores said.
The kitchen is part of the new Toppenish Medical-Dental Clinic campus. The teaching kitchen classes will help expand the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care. Patients now receive dental, medical, prenatal, behavioral health and nutritional care all in one place, with one unified health care team.
Now, patients will also have the opportunity to sign up for cooking classes that will focus on their area of health need.
“Over 70 patients have signed up for our classes,” Flores said. “Most of the patients who have signed up are living with diabetes, so we’ll start with classes that focus on healthy foods and recipes that will help maintain blood sugar levels.”
The teaching kitchen will utilize the Cooking Matters curriculum, part of the No Kid Hungry network, which aims to end child hunger in the United States by introducing innovative hunger solutions in communities.
As the program grows, the teaching kitchen plans to include classes for expecting moms, breastfeeding moms, and seniors.
The first classes will begin for patients in mid-February.
About Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic: The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical, dental, and social services for more than 141,000 people throughout the Pacific Northwest. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic employs 1,390 full-time staff and more than 600 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, students and volunteers. Facilities: 19 medical clinics, 10 dental clinics, 57 programs. Locations: Washington State clinics are located in Grandview, Prosser, Pasco, Spokane, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Walla Walla and Wapato. In Oregon, clinics are located in Hermiston, Portland, Salem and Woodburn. Visit: www.yvfwc.com