MOCHA (Men of Color Health Access) Project
The MOCHA (Men of Color Health Access) Project is an ongoing initiative designed by the Community Health Coordinator of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Iowa (Wheaton Iowa), to help eliminate health disparities in Black Hawk County (BHC) through the use of peer education models.
The risk factors and incidence, morbidity, and mortality rates for many diseases and injuries often are greater among blacks than whites.
"Many African American men (AA men) are invisible from health care settings until their health conditions are severe," according to Keon L. Gilbert, DrPH, MA, MPA, in Breaking the Silence on African-American Men’s Health.
Our hopes are to enhance education, awareness, and access to African American men’s health care services, specifically cancer (prostate, colon, lung, etc.), while providing resources and opportunities for screening and preventive maintenance.MOCHA Project FAQMOCHA Project Overview
This project is based on three key findings revealed from the CHNA
done in Black Hawk County: Key Finding #1 - Access and Education
1:3 Improve health care communication/understanding among health care providers, patients and caregivers. Key Finding #2 - Health Behaviors and Community Wellness
2:3 Improve health and access among the under-served population who have limited access to health education and facilities.
2:4 Educate high-risk populations about the impact of health behaviors on their overall health and well-being. Key Finding #5 – Cancer
5:3 Provide education and strategies to enhance the health and well-being of various populations throughout the CMC service area in an effort to reduce risk of cancer occurrence and/or minimize cancer reoccurrence.
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